Women topple Monmouth College record
February 8, 2013
Joe Florio / The Courier - Sophomore guard, Lauren Kellen, drives up the lane during Saturday's Play for a Cure game against Ripon.
For the second consecutive season, Monmouth women’s basketball has reached uncharted territory. Although the Scots earned their record 17th win of the season last Saturday, an aggressive Ripon squad made the game closer than many predicted.
After a Chelsea Moldenhauer 3-pointer at the four minute mark of the first half, the Red Hawks held their largest lead at 27-20. However, as they would all night long, the Scots had an answer.
Zipporah Williams scored on Monmouth’s very next possession and the Scots trailed by three at the break. Jasmine Johnson gave Monmouth their first lead of the second half with just over ten minutes to go. The lead would change hands nine times in the second half alone.
In the waning moments, however, free throw shooting would determine the outcome. Trailing by two with just under two minutes to go, Scots point guard Paige Nord buried both ends of a two-shot foul to tie the game at 60. After Marla Willard committed a foul on Ripon’s next possession, the Red Hawks’ Morgan Johnson missed two free throws which would have tied the game.
After Nord drew another foul on the Red Hawks, the sophomore calmly converted two free throws to give Monmouth a slim 62-60 edge. When Ripon turned the ball over on their next possession, their fate was sealed. With the two-point victory the Scots improved to 17-3 and 12-3 in the Midwest Conference. Head coach Melissa Bittner felt the win was symbolic.
“I’m very pleased with the way we finished the game,” Bittner said. “The team should be very proud of breaking the school record for wins. Eclipsing this mark shows what a talented and hard working group they are.”
Willard and Williams were the lone Scots in double figures, with 16 and 13 points, respectively. Willard paced the Scots with 11 rebounds. Ripon’s Erin Lind, who missed a potential game-winning jumper with four seconds to go, led all scorers with 25 points.
The Scots travel to Carroll University this Saturday, Feb. 9 to face the Pioneers.