Women's Basketball Grabs Tight Victory over Rockford
Athletics - posted on 12/9/2006
The Lakeland College women's basketball team (5-2, 3-0 NAC) captured a close victory over Rockford College, 41-40, in Northern Athletics Conference action on Saturday, Dec. 9, in Rockford, Ill.
Both teams experienced difficulties scoring in the first half, as the Muskies shot a frustrating 26 percent, yet headed into the locker room only down 20-15 at halftime.
"I'm frustrated because we had a total lack of focus," said head coach April Arvan. "A win is a win, but I'm going to forget this game right now and focus on improving my team."
Although Lakeland recovered to shoot 40 percent from the field in the second half, the Regents upped their shooting efforts as well to keep the score between the two teams extremely tight for the remainder of the game.
After Rockford knotted up the score at 40 on a made 3-pointer with 1:29 left to play, freshman guard KC Blahnik put the Muskies up by one with a made free throw.
Big defensive plays by a few of Lakeland's seniors kept the Regents from scoring for the rest of the game, as guard Amanda Thielmann grabbed a huge rebound with a little over four seconds remaining and forward Danielle Duranceau picked off Rockford's final long inbound pass attempt to end the game.
Lakeland remains undefeated in conference, but Arvan isn't letting up on pushing her team to continue to improve.
"We've had one solid game out of seven," she said, referring to her squad's win over Concordia University of Chicago on Tuesday. "The great thing about this team is that I'm gaining confidence that they understand we're lucky to be 5-2. We could easily be under .500 at this point.
"Being an offensive-minded coach, it's hard to stomach only scoring 41 points, and I'm disappointed we got out-rebounded. We have to work harder at those things."
Senior forward Jenna Boehm, freshman guard Brittanie Paulus and Duranceau all led the Muskies on the offensive end with eight points apiece. Boehm and Paulus were also leaders on the boards, tallying seven each.
"Jenna and Danielle need to shoot the ball at least 13 times per game," Arvan said. "Brittanie had a decent game with eight points and eight boards, but our overall effort needs to improve."
The Muskies will now face a strong Benedictine squad on Saturday, Dec. 16, to continue their NAC road schedule.
"Our entire team has a lot to improve on before we play Benedictine," Arvan said, as the Eagles defeated Rockford last week, 66-55.
Game time with Benedictine is set for 2 p.m. in Lisle, Ill.
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