Scots drop fifth game in a row
February 19, 2016
On Wednesday, the Scots losing streak was extended to five games in a row. The women’s basketball team travelled to Jacksonville, Illinois and lost to Illinois College 60-79. The Scots are now 4-18 overall while sporting a 3-14 record in conference play.
“Our goal right now is just to have fun and try to win out,” said senior Katie Houston. “Unfortunately the tournament is out of the question, so finishing strong, while enjoying the game we love is our goal.”
Monmouth began the contest by falling behind to Illinois College 20-11 in the first quarter. The Scots roared back behind sophomore Kelsey Walsberg’s 15 points to take the lead heading into halftime by outscoring the Lady Blues 23-12, making the score 34-32 at halftime.
That momentum would not last into the second half. Illinois College turned the tables and outscored the Scots 23-11 in the third quarter and Monmouth was never able to close the gap.
Walsberg lead the way for the Scots offensively as she finished with a team-high 20 points and an assist. Houston and sophomore Tia Robertson rounded out Monmouth’s top three scorers with their combined 25 points.
Houston lead the way on defense with her nine total boards, while fellow senior Emily Watkins was second on the team with seven rebounds. Robertson rounded out Monmouth’s top three rebounders by posting six total boards.
Houston has lead the way for the Scots both offensively and defensively for most of the season. She was among the top three in either or both categories in every game this season. Her most notable achievement was the first triple-double in Monmouth history in the December matchup with Knox.
“My game has broadened this year and I feel that has attributed to my scoring methods,” said Houston. “I have always been an aggressive penetrator and someone who attacks the gaps.”
The Scots will play their final game of the season this Saturday at home. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 P.M.