The Lady Lakers improved their record to 8-5 by winning their third straight game over NCAA Division III Mount Mary University 78 to 60. This was the first road game of the second half of the season and the Lady Lakers got off to a very sluggish start. The team did pick up the pace on defense and fought back late in the first half to take the lead just before half time 43 to 39. The second half the team played with much more enthusiasm. The Laady Lakers played extremely well on defense causing many turnovers which turned into easy layups to put the game away. The coaching staff was very excited to see the effort on the court as well as the enthusiasm on the bench in that second half. This was a team victory.
The Lady Lakers improved their record to 7-5 with an impressive win over Andrews University 75 to 10. After Andrews scoring the first two points of the game the Lady Lakers swarming defensive gave up only 2 more points for the rest of the half giving the Lady Lakers a 37 to 4 lead. It could be seen that the Andrews guards were struggling with the half court pressure so the Lady Lakers extended their press and caused Andrews to turn the ball over 20 times in the first half. We were extremely proud of the energy and the defensive pressure that our players played the entire game. The Lady Lakers had 30 steals for the game which resulted in many offensive layups which locked up the victory in the second half.
The 12th ranked Lady Lakers improved their record to 6 and 5 with a victory over UW Fond du Lac by a score of 68 to 41. The Lady Lakers did struggle from the field shooting only 26.7% in the first half, but played extremely well defensively holding the Lady Falcons to 11 points. Once again the team came out with a lot of energy defensively but missed some very makeable shots that could of increased the lead. The second half they played well enough to maintain the lead and the victory with everyone on the roster getting a chance to play. Everyone but one scored in the game. It was great to see everyone getting the opportunity to play.
The Lady Lakers dropped a hard fought game to the NAIA athletic Judson Lady Eagles on January 4. The final score was 73 to 46. The Lady Lakers came out with an enormous amount of energy and actually held the lead until late in the first half. The Lady Lakers broke their press and were beating them down court and scored. Their press did not actually hurt us like the first game they played. They took off their press and switched to a very tight person to person which caused some problems to their offense. They made some shots down the stretch and moved out to a 35 to 24 lead at the half. The Lady Lakers came out of the half time with great determination but the lay off of the holiday caught up with the team and Judson went out to a 10 -2 run to start off the second half. The Lady Lakers never back down and played extremely hard for the entire game.
The Lady Lakers improve their record to 5 and 4 with a victory over the visiting NCAA III Mount Mary Angels 84 to 45. The Lady Lakers bolted to a 15 to 0 lead to start the game and never looked back. It certainly was a great defensive effort especially early in the first half. The Lady Lakers were very efficient with their offense as well and dominated the first half 36 to 15. For the game, the Lady Lakers shot an impressive 51% from the field as well as 50% from the 3 point line for the game. This was a total team effort, and everyone on the roster contributed.
The Lady Lakers lost a hard fought road game in Chicago to the Moody Bible Institute Lady Archers 90 to 75. The score certainly was not indicative of how close the game really was. The Lady Lakers down by 10 at the half and as many as 15 in the second half got within 3 points with approximately 6:30 left in the game. Unfortunately after getting within 3 points, the Lady Lakers came down the court and got 2 great shots but the ball would not drop through the hoop. After some very good defense from both teams, the Lady Archers came down and scored twice boosting their lead to seven point lead with less than 4 minutes to go in the game. We were forced to press them to try and force a turnover. They took care of the ball very well and we had to foul. Moody was red hot from the free throw line hitting 18 out of 19 free throws down the stretch to seal the victory. I was extremely proud of our players. They played extremely well and fought very hard to get the game within 3 points from a double digit deficit. If we could have gotten the lead the results could have been very different. The loss dropped the young Lady Lakers to a 4 and 4 record.
Tuesday night the men’s basketball team traveled to Carthage College to play a varsity reserve and varsity game. In the varsity reserve contest, the Lakers lost 97-84. It was great to see several of the players get a chance to place some longer minutes than they do in the varsity games. All eight players hit the scoring column. Wesley Dowell and Chris Jones led the way with 14 points each. Three other Lakers scored in double figures. Dru Harris and Aaron Davis each had 11 points and Austin Walker contributed 10 points. Carl Jean added 9 points, Stevens Alexis scored 8 points including a slam dunk, Tyler Wells added 5 points and Kevin Ramirez rounded out the scoring with 3 points.
Friday night, December 6, the men’s team played their best game of the year. They fought hard against NAIA D-II opponent Clarke University from Iowa. The Lakers went into the half down 10 points 46-36. They came out in the second half and played “toe to toe” with the Crusaders. The Lakers outscored the Crusaders in the second half and at one point cut the lead to 5 before falling by a score of 88-79. The Lakers received scoring from 10 different players including John Duke who had a team high 24 points to go with his 8 rebounds. Darius Barnes added 17 points and 8 rebounds, Anthony Parker scored 9 points, Kyle Lundberg added 8 points and 5 assists, Chris Jones scored 7 points, Dru Harris scored 5 points, Tyler Wells added 3 points, Austin Walker and Stevens Alexis scored 4 points each as did Derek Domino who also had a game high 7 assists.
The Lady Lakers started off the game extremely cold from the field and gave up 12 unanswered points to start off the game Friday evening. The Lady Lakers never recovered from the slow start and lost the game to a very athletic Indiana Northwest University Lady Red hawks 87 to 50. The Lady Red hawks were red hot from the field hitting 58.5% from the field and 42.9% from the 3 point line. I was very proud of our effort. The Lady Lakers played extremely hard on defense throughout the entire game. They never gave up despite the score. After reviewing the stats from Friday nights game, we match them in most categories except the shooting percentage.
Yesterday the men’s basketball team traveled to Chicago to take on the Concordia Chicago Cougars. The Lakers lost 93 – 69. The Lakers struggled from the opening tip to stay even with the Cougars. The Lakers battled back late in the first half to cut the lead to 24-23 but again falling victim to turnovers and poor shot selection as the Cougars went on a 17-2 run to end the half with the Lakers trailing 41-25.