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Scots win final regular season game

February 24, 2012

The Fighting Scots basketball teams ended their regular seasons strong with a double win over Knox.

The men’s team shut down Knox 78-75 while the women’s team had a high scoring win of 118-102.

The men’s team hit seven 3-pointers by junior guard Michael Dedecker in the last five minutes of the first half of Saturday’s game outscoring Knox 19-4. During the second half, the Scots lost the lead for the first 10 minutes. The Fire scored 19 points in the first 10 minutes of the half. The Scots were successful in the free throw with sophomore guard Brent Burrows going six-for-six. DeDecker was the high scorer for the Scots with 27 points,  junior guard Kendall Cox had 26 points and Burrows scored 15 points.

The women’s team started the game with an 18-point lead in the first half and never looked back. The team hit four straight shots and a pair of free throws in three minutes taking a 32-20 led with eight minutes left in the first half. Freshman guard Jessica Howard scored the Scots next seven points. The Fire stopped the 18-point lead in the second half until senior guard Haley Jones added a 3-pointer to make the Scots up by 17 again. With 2:39 left in the game, the Fire came back making the Scots only ahead by 10. The Scots followed up with three baskets, two by Jones and one by freshman guard Lauren Kellen. The women’s team shot            60 percent  from the field while Knox only shot 32 percent. The team also dominated the board in a rebounding battle ending 47-36.

Six players shot in double figures on Saturday’s game against Knox. Jones scored 23 points, sophomore guard Kaley Corban with 16, sophomore  forward Marla Willard had her eighth double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds, Howard had 10 points, Kellen had 12 points and 9 assists and junior guard Colleen Forrest had 18 points.

“Overall, we did well. We got second place in the Midwest Conference,” said head coach Melissa Bittner. “We had a couple really big wins including beating St. Norbert at their place.”

The women’s team will only be losing two players for next season: Jones and Kerry Kost.

In preparation for this coming weekend at the MWC Championships, the team has been focusing on their defense. The Scots will challenge Lake Forest for their first game at St. Norbert.

“For Friday’s game, we have really been focusing on protecting the paints. We’ve also been working on stopping the dribble penetration and limiting touches to their high post because that’s a lot of what their offense tries to do,” Bittner said.

Kelsey Beshears
Sports Editor

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