Women’s Basketball dominates in finale
February 26, 2016
Senior Katie Houston looks for an opening to drive to the hoop. / Michelle Ravel - The Courier
The Fighting Scots dominated their final opponent of the season. The women’s basketball team toppled Lawrence University in their 77-66 victory. Monmouth College trailed for less than seven minutes in their Senior Night celebration.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better way to go out,” said senior Katie Houston. “I have had a wonderful ride and made a lot of memories that will last a life time.”
Houston once again ranked amongst the Scots’ statistical leaders in her final collegiate game. She played a team high 39 minutes while contributing 15 points, eight assists and eight total boards.
The Scots were lead by their newest record breaker in sophomore Kelsey Walsberg and her season high 33 points. Walsberg’s ten 3-point buckets were the most ever recorded in Monmouth College history.
To round out Monmouth’s top three scorers, senior Emily Watkins put up her third highest point total of the season by contributing 12 points. Watkins also grabbed five total rebounds, three assists and three blocks.
Seniors Emily Siefkin and Kristi Ragan rounded out the Scots’ starting five. Siefkin dropped five points and two total boards in her final contest as a Fighting Scot.
The Scots trailed for less than seven minutes before closing out the first quarter leading Lawrence University 16-14. Monmouth’s defense kept Lawrence’s offense to a mere nine points in the second quarter to take a commanding 32-21 lead heading into halftime. The Scots never trailed and finished with a 77-66 final score over their conference rivals.
“We took care of the ball extremely well in the first half,” said Siefkin. “We were able to generate offense against their zone defense patiently. We also held them to 23 points, which meant all of our defensive principles were in full effect.”
It was a rough season for the Scots who posted a 5-18 in head coach Kyle Wilson’s first season at the helm. However, the Scots had a number of sophomores flash promise throughout the source of the season.
Walsberg started 20 games and posted the second highest point average on the team with 13.9 points per game. She shined from beyond the 3-point arc by hitting 40 percent of her shots.
The Scots also got strong performances from sophomores Keri Dodson and Tia Robertson. Robertson was second on the team, third on the team in points per game with her average of 11.5 points per game. Dodson posted 54 assists throughout her 167 minutes, good for second on the team.
Beyond the Scots’ four seniors, the varsity team consisted of all sophomores and freshman.
“We have a great nucleus that is great on and off the court,” said Siefkin. “the sophomores have the perfect balance with Robertson and Maddie Dohleman on the inside and Walsberg, Dodson, and Izy Todd on the Outside. I also expect Joanna Chavoya to continually develop her game and expect big things out of Callie Cook next year after taking this year off with an injury”
Monmouth enters their offseason with some momentum to build off of after securing a victory in their final contest. The Scots might lose four talented seniors, but the future looks bright for the Scots.