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Scots face conference rivals

January 26, 2018

The last week of action for the Fighting Scots women’s basketball team was a tough one as they dropped two conference games in nail-biting fashion falling to Grinnell by two and Lake Forest by four.

In the first of last week’s contest, the Scots faced off against Grinnell College in a tightly contested battle. The score was near even after one quarter, but Monmouth went to the halftime break with a 34-25 lead over the Pioneers.

Grinnell would close the gap some in the third-quarter, but still faced a six-point deficit as the final frame began. The Pioneers would go on an eleven to zero run in the early portion of the fourth-quarter seizing moment at a critical juncture in the game.

The Scots would respond though as the lead would bounce back and forth, which included a 60-58 Monmouth lead off a layup by freshman guard Shayne Smith with a minute and ten-seconds remaining.

Grinnell would answer with a dagger as freshman guard Tyria Heath would hit a go-ahead three-pointer with thirty-seven seconds remaining. Scot’s guard Carley Turnbull would miss a layup with seventeen-seconds remaining to seal their defeat as Grinnell would beat Monmouth 62-60.
The second matchup of the week, brought Lake Forest to Glennie Gymnasium to face off against the Scots. This matchup caused different problems for Monmouth as they found themselves behind early, going to the halftime break down 41-30.

Turnbull would dominate for the Scots in the second-half to lead a furious comeback. Turnbull would score 22 points in the half, off a sizzling 9-13 shooting from the field.

The rally by Monmouth resulted in the game being knotted up at 69 a piece with only a minute and seven seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. But on the ensuing possession, Lake Forest’s forward Molly Schoelein sank a basket to put the Black Bears up for good. After a few last-second free throws, Lake Forest would take the win 74-70 over the Scots.

Senior forward Tia Robertson had this to say of the close losses, “We are definitely headed in the right direction. We are averaging a five-point loss in the last five games which shows we have made improvements, we just have to bring it all together and start finishing games. Once we get one of those, I know we will be on a streak!”

This week, the Fighting Scots will look to turn some of their close defeats into wins as they host a pair of conference games against Beloit College on January 27th and Grinnell College on January 30th.

Tate Heiple
Contributing Writer

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