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Boone earns MWC player of the week

January 21, 2011

Having won six of their last seven games, six of which were conference games, the women’s basketball team posted its longest winning streak all season. The Scots were led by senior guard, Justine Boone who earned the honor of Midwest Conference Performer of the Week earlier this month.

During the team’s five game win streak, which ended on Jan. 14, in a 71-64 loss to Carroll University, Boone averaged 17 points per game, 6.5 assists, 5 rebounds and 5.5 steals per game.
The Scots are currently in second place in the conference at 6-2 behind St. Norbert College’s 8-1 record. Boone attributes the team’s recent success to its talent and depth.

“This year we have had a few rotating starting line-ups, and that shows that we have a strong bench and many players that are able to play at this level of competition, even at a young age,” said Boone. “In past years we have always had talent, but this year we have talent and depth in each position.”
Boone has also noticed a change in herself compared to last season and has set the bar high for the team as well as herself in regards to long term season goals.

“Since my freshmen year, I have become a much more confident player. I don’t sweat the small stuff and I focus on the overall goal,” said Boone. “Because our team has been beat out of the conference tournament by a tie-breaker the last two seasons, my ultimate goal for myself is to stay focused and do whatever it takes to help lead my team to the conference tournament.

On a more personal level, I hope to break the season steals record.”

With the Scots trailing first place in the conference by a slim margin, Boone spoke of the importance of staying focused for the remainder of the season.

Boone also mentioned after the most recent loss to Carroll that the team recognized what did and did not work and that the coaches have stressed the fact that losing sometimes provides a better lesson than a win.

“We have had great success in the conference so far, but in order to go all the way and win the title we must not become complacent and lose focus,” said Boone. “We need to continue to be competitive in our practices and push each other every day.”


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