Women’s basketball loses to Monmouth, Lake Forest

Ted Greeley

The women’s basketball team dropped a pair of games this past weekend, losing to Monmouth on Friday and Lake Forest on Saturday.
Friday, Lawrence fell behind at 15:38 of the first half and was down by as many as 15 points in the half. The Vikings went on an 11-2 run to make the score 27-21, Monmouth leading, with 0:13 left. A last-second three-point shot by Katie Sheets of Monmouth made the score 30-21 at the half.
In the second half, Monmouth extended their lead to 19 at 14:10. The Vikes battled back, chipping away at the large lead. At 6:01 of the second half, a jumper by junior Sarah Ehlinger brought the Vikings within six, but a 14-5 run in favor of Monmouth doomed Lawrence.
Sophomore Caresse Reiland led the Vikings with 16 points, 17 rebounds and 10 blocks for the triple-double. Meanwhile, senior Jenny Stoner added 12 points, seven steals and five assists. Reiland broke the Lawrence record for blocks in a game, previously set at 8.
On Saturday, the Vikes took on Lake Forest. The Vikings fell behind by seven points in the first four minutes of the game. Lawrence fought for and took the lead at 11:07 of the half with a three-point shot by sophomore Laura Aerts. In the next few minutes there were four lead changes. Lawrence fell behind with 6:25 left, but went into the half only down by six.
Lake Forest began the second half with a 9-4 run, giving them an 11-point lead. Lawrence never regained the lead and ultimately fell 71-60.
Reiland continued her outstanding play from the night before leading the Vikings with 25 points and 17 rebounds for the double-double. Stoner, Aerts, and senior Carrie Van Groll each added nine points in the effort.