Red hot Eagles down Warriors
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Edgewood College Athletic Website
Posted January 10, 2009 @ 10:10 p.m.
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - The Edgewood College women’s basketball team stayed red hot and won their seventh game in their last eight outings, dropping Wisconsin Lutheran 72-66 at the Recreation Complex. Senior forward Megan Scheele shot 10-for-13 from the field and finished with 28 points in the victory.
Edgewood College appeared poised to run away with the game early, rolling out to a 16-4 lead in the first six minutes. Center Ashley Averkamp nailed back-to-back three-pointers to spark the early run. Averkamp is now 3-for-3 from the three-point line for the season. The Eagles would maintain their lead through most of the first half and entered the break with a 37-26 lead.
Wisconsin Lutheran began to close the gap in the second half, finally taking the lead at 53-52 on a pair of Alaina Miller free throw with 8:52 to play. The two teams traded leads for the next four minutes until the Eagles made their decisive move. After freshman Brianna Droessler evened the game at 59 with a layup, sophomore Janelle Gosh sunk a pair of free throws for a two-point Eagle lead. On the next possession Gosh stole the ball and the Eagles turned that possession into a Scheele layup. A Shae Beckwith free throw gave the Eagles a 64-59 lead with 2:05 remaining. Edgewood College made eight of 10 free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
With the win, the Eagles move to 5-1 in the Northern Athletics Conference and 7-5 overall, erasing the memory of a four-game season opening losing streak. Scheele’s 28 points gives her 1,810 for her career, making her just the second Eagle in history to reach 1,800 points. She joins all-time leading scorer Deb Boomsma, who scored 1,854 points from 1987-91.
Averkamp added 14 points while Susan Paskey scored nine points, shooting 7-for-7 from the free throw line. Gosh pulled down a team-high seven rebounds, while Amber Hemp dished out a six assists. The Eagles again held an advantage from the free throw line outscoring the Warriors 25-18.
Wisconsin Lutheran College (5-5, 3-1 NAC) was led by Kristen Dillon with 16 points, while Whitney Miller scored 14. The Warriors shot just 38.6 percent from the field, including 33.3 percent in the first half.
Edgewood College will have their next two games at home after taking a week off from game action. The Eagles will host Alverno College on January 19, followed by Rockford College on January 21.