LU women split with Illinois pair

Andy York

The LU women’s basketball team split a pair of games will Illinois teams this past weekend. The Vikings defeated Illinois College 69-58 Friday night, but lost to Lake Forest 84-70 on Saturday. Friday night, the Lady Blues jumped out to an early lead. Their largest lead would be 14-8, and the Vikings would take over the first half from there. The Vikings would go on a 13-2 run to take a 21-16 lead. The teams would trade baskets, but LU would earn a 31-27 lead going into halftime.

The Vikings jumped ahead early in the second half, and would never be caught. The Vikes went on a 7-0 run to start the half and posted a 12-point lead. Illinois College would cut the lead to six at one point, but LU would pull away with free throws to win 69-58. Claire Getzoff completely dominated for the Vikings, scoring a season high 29 points. Felice Poratta had 14 to complete the Vikings in double figures.

On Saturday, the Foresters just outmatched LU. The Vikings played a good first half, but were still trailing 38-32 at the half. Lake Forest was on fire from the free throw line, hitting 23-25 for the game. The Vikings’ three-point shooting kept them in the game, as they shot 50 percent from behind the arc, including six from Getzoff. She would finish with another amazing total of 28, but it wouldn’t be enough, as LU fell 84-70.

Poratta again had 14 for LU as well. The Vikings next games will be this weekend at home. The Vikes play Monmouth tonight at 7:30, and Grinnell tomorrow at 4:00 p.m.