Freeport, Ill. — As the sun set on the Southeast Missouri State women’s basketball season, freshman Katie Norman gave the SEMO faithful something to get them through the next eight months until they meet again.
The 5-foot-9 freshman hit double figures in her final two games and was named the Rite Group Player of the Game in SEMO’s 76-63 loss to Tennessee State. Norman, who hit 5-of-13 field goals and 2-of-2 free throws, finished the contest with 14 points, nine rebounds and two assists. She struck from beyond the arc twice.
The Freeport grad closed the door on her freshman season by scoring 12 against Austin Peay. In the 77-60 SEMO loss, she drained 4-of-9 from the field and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe. She also had three steals and two assists. Norman once again did some work from beyond the arc, hitting 2-of-4 shots.
It marked the second and third time Norman had led SEMO in scoring. Norman, who earned 19 starts this year, scored 202 points by nailing 73-of-195 field goals and 30-of-38 free throws. She had 26 treys. Besides her 7.2 points per game, she also had 83 rebounds, 46 assists, 23 steals and 15 blocked shots. Norman played in all 28 games.
SEMO loses only one senior from the team that posted a 7-21 mark during the 2009-10 campaign. They were 4-14 in the Ohio Valley Conference.
Ben Rayhorn and the rest of the Judson basketball team are headed to the NAIA Division II nationals. Behind some stellar Rayhorn performances, the Eagles dumped Purdue University-North Central (86-78), Trinity Christian (88-73) and Cardinal Stritch (70-65) in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament. Judson, who finished the CCAC season with a 10-2 mark, is 17-12 overall.
In the title win over Cardinal Stritch, the Dakota grad popped for 27 points on 8-of-18 from the field and 10-of-10 from the stripe. He had one trey. That was his lowest scoring performance of the three. He ALSO had five rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots in the title tilt. He finished with a double-double against Trinity Christian, scoring 29 points, pulling down 15 rebounds and doling out two assists. His college career high came in the first round game, the win over PU-North Central. He finished with 31 points, five rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots. Rayhorn drained 11-of-18 field goals and 4-of-5 free throws. He had five treys.
The Augustana women finished the basketball season with a 7-18 overall record. They were 2-12 in the CCIW. Former Forreston player Lani Kasten, an Augustana sophomore, started 22 games and played in all 25 this year. She averaged 26.9 minutes per game. She scored 246 points and pulled down a team-leading 162 rebounds this year. She also led the team in blocked shots with 21. Other stats included 47 assists and 28 steals. Kasten scored her points by hitting 88-of-189 shots from the field and 66-of-98 from the charity stripe. Of her field goals, four were treys.
Former Freeport swimmer McKinzie Jacobs scored points in four events at the Horizon League Championships, which were held at Illinois-Chicago. The UIC junior competed in three of the longest individual races. Her highest individual finish was a third place finish in the 1,000-yard freestyle. She touched the wall at 10 minutes, 13.14 seconds. She was also fourth in the 1,650-yard freestyle (17:09.15) and fifth in the 400-yard individual medley (4:28.16). She was also a member of the 800-yard freestyle relay, which took third in 7:33.96. As a team, the UIC Lady Flames finished fourth with 574 points. Wisconsin-Green Bay took first with 804 points.
Rockford College ended its women’s basketball season by losing a 52-37 decision to Wisconsin Lutheran in the first round of the Northern Athletic Conference Tournament. Pearl City grad Megan Lawler, a Rockford senior, finished with nine points, eight rebounds and two assists. Fellow Pearl City grad Nicole Lawler, a Rockford freshman, had six points and six rebounds. Rockford was 8-18 overall and 6-11 in the NAC.
Augustana was topped in the CCIW Tournament by Carthage. Former West Carroll player Chris Anderson scored three points for the Vikings in 21 minutes of play. The Vikings were 16-10 overall and 9-5 in the league this year.
Dakota grad Brittany Houghton and Freeport grad Aleisha Leeper both competed in the Mid-American Conference Championships, which was hosted by Central Michigan and held at Jack Skoog Track. Houghton, a Northern Illinois senior, was in the top 10 in two different relays and was a member of the only relay team that scored a point. She was a member of the 1,600-meter relay team, which took eighth in 3:56.69. She was also part of the NIU distance medley relay team, which finished 10th. They finished the race in 12:35.32. Leeper, a CMU jumper, finished 16th in the triple jumper with a leap of 37-2.25. Central Michigan was second with 100 points, while NIU finished 12th with one point. Kent State won the meet with 107.
Western Illinois had five points from Freeport grad Jackie Barton as the Western Illinois women’s basketball team dumped Southern Utah 50-45. Barton played 16 minutes in the contest. With one regular season contest left, Western Illinois is 10-18 overall and 6-11 in the Summit League.
n Former Lena-Winslow baseball player Brian McCabe, a Clarke freshman, worked one inning in Clarke’s 8-5 loss to Judson. McCabe walked one batter in his one inning of work. He did not allow a single hit or any earned runs. McCabe did not get the decision. Clarke is 3-1 on the season.