It is coming to the end of the season, and the tough times have not eased up for the Lady Vikings. The Lawrence women’s basketball team had two big conference games last week, which they needed to win, but failed to do so in each case. The first game was against Lake Forest. Sophomore Alex Deshler sank 13 points in the game and added six rebounds. While fellow sophomore Amber Lisowe contributed 11 points. This was not enough to beat Lake Forest, who had a 31-point lead at halftime. They finished the game 79-37.
Trying to build off of the frustration from the game before, the Vikings hosted Illinois College. Throughout the first half, Illinois College’s highest lead was only seven points, and at halftime, the Vikings were down 30-28.
To start the second half, Deshler hit back-to-back three pointers to give the Lady Vikings their first lead of the game. With a little under seven and a half minutes left to play, freshman Aubrey Lawlor and sophomore Jessica Robbins, hit with back-to-back baskets to get within six points, 53-47.
After this, our Lady Vikings could not get any closer. When asked about what the Vikings could do to finish the season successfully, outstanding manager, Nikki Chase said, “This season has been a new experience for everyone: new coaches, new players, new attitudes, new everything. To finish the season successfully, we are just looking to win and improve.”
Chase continued, “Since we are not graduating any seniors, we will have the same team next year. We are just looking to improve as much as we can now, to give us a better chance to succeed more next year. It would also be great to end the year with a win, so for our next three games, we are looking to get some more wins.”
It is not a surprise that this year is considered a rebuilding year for the Vikings. With a new coach, it is very hard to adjust. They have all done an outstanding job so far. It cannot be said that they have not made huge impacts this season, winning more games than they have last year. All we can do is support them in their last few games and show them that we all believe in them.
Come watch the Vikings face Beloit this Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Alexander Gym.