Women’s basketball still fighting

Tristan Lipe

This past week was a busy one for the Lady Vikes. The women’s basketball team traveled to St. Norbert for a midweek game, and then they took the long trip south to Illinois last weekend to face Knox and Illinois College.
St. Norbert has been a tough team to beat and has been near the top of the conference all season. Lawrence struggled to score in the first half, only putting up 22 points. These problems continued, as the Vikes could not create much offense against the tough defense of St. Norbert and only put up 20 points in the second half.
The Vikings were led again by Erin Henzi, with 11 points and seven rebounds, and Laura Aerts, who added 15 points. The Vikings could not stop the high-powered offense of St. Norbert, which had four players score in double digits, and fell 42-84.
On the long road trip south, the Vikings first faced off against Illinois College. The Vikings again struggled to put points on the board, scoring only 18 in the first half. The huge first-half deficit was too much for the Vikes to overcome as they fell to Illinois College 44-72. Aerts tied her career high with 20 points to lead the Vikes in scoring, Henzi added nine points and freshman America McClure added six.
The Vikings then continued their road trip with a bout for revenge against Knox College after losing to the Prairie Fire in overtime at home a few weeks before. The Vikings kept it close through the first half, but Knox pulled away in the second half, defeating the Vikings 48-59.
The Vikings were again led by Henzi who had 19 points and Aerts who had 14. The Vikes make a bid for their first win of the season this weekend. The Vikes square off against the tough St. Norbert squad at Alexander Gym Saturday. Women’s basketball then takes on Beloit College Tuesday, Feb.18 at Alexander Gym.