Women take care of business

Philip Roy

The women’s basketball team has come out strong in this season’s campaign for the MWC championship. The Vikings opened their season Nov. 18-19 at the Lakeland College Tip-Off Tournament in Sheboygan, Wis. Lawrence was powered by double-digit contributions from Claire Getzoff, Kelly Mulcahy and Molly Bouressa in their 67-60 semifinal decision over Clarke College. Bouressa, a junior, had a team high of eight rebounds to go along with her 14 points. Getzoff, who ended last season second in total points for the Vikings, asserted her dominance in the tournament final as well, piling in 17 points. Sophomores Mulcahy and Carrie Van Groll also had standout performances as the Vikings routed Cornell College 63-45 for the tournament title. Getzoff was named the tournament MVP and sophomore guard Jenny Stoner joined her on the all-tournament team.
LU returned to action over the Thanksgiving break as they traveled down to the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Lawrence shot 50 percent from the floor as they raced to a 10-point lead at the half. Van Groll had a career high outing as she led the team with 26 points, shooting 9 of 10 from the floor and 8 of 9 from the foul line. Getzoff’s 19 points and Bouressa’s 11 points and 10 boards double-double helped the Vikings to the 78-50 win.
The 3-0 start to the Vikings’ season has been marked by a strong defensive effort and the promising contributions by new starters and the Lawrence bench. The team will look to continue its run as it faces Marian College after press time on Tuesday in a home non-conference fixture.
This weekend, the team will commence its siege of the MWC crown with away games at Knox and Illinois College.