Women fall in conference semifinals

Philip Roy

The LU women’s basketball team traveled down to Waukesha last weekend for their MWC semifinal match-up against St. Norbert. The Vikes were looking to avenge their loss earlier that week to the Green Knights and move a step closer to a championship.
Lawrence was sloppy coming out of the gates, however, turning the ball over 13 times in the first 10 minutes. The Green Knights took full advantage of Viking misfortunes and rushed to an 11-2 lead. The Vikes were kept at bay throughout the half and went into the break down 26-15.
LU managed to cut the lead to 9 with the first basket of the second half but a 13-4 run by St. Norbert seemed to take the game out of reach. The Vikings rallied late in the half but would get no closer than 12 as the Green Knights put an end to their title hopes.
Lawrence was hampered by poor shooting performance, making only 18 of 44 attempts from the field. Sophomore Carrie Van Groll led the Viking effort with a game-high 17 points.
Reflecting on the game, captain Claire Getzoff voiced her disappointment. “After the two prior meetings, I expected more of a battle,” the senior said. “It was a bad way to go out.”
The game marked the end of Getzoff’s stellar career at Lawrence. The Evanston native ends well in control of Lawrence’s career scoring record with 1,487 points.
Both Getzoff and sophomore Kelly Mulcahy were awarded First Team All-Conference honors this season, and Jenny Stoner was a Second Team selection.
The Vikings graduate three seniors this year: Getzoff, Maggie Miskowicz and Emily Stengl. “It’s been a great journey,” said Getzoff, looking back at her four years. “We have a great team – these girls deserve a championship, and if they continue to improve they’ll get one.”
Despite the disappointment at the conference tournament, the Vikings ended with a 19-5 record, tying the most wins in school history.