Basketball celebrates senior night

On Saturday, Feb. 17, both the men’s and women’s Lawrence basketball teams celebrated their seniors while playing their in-season finale against Ripon College. Senior night is a great way to celebrate the senior student athletes who have been dedicated to their respective athletic teams and recognize the legacy they are going to be leaving behind. 

The men’s basketball team recognized two seniors — Jake Fisher and Adnan Sarancic. Fisher, a guard from Lake Forest, Ill., has accumulated 285 points, 90 assists, 139 rebounds and played 1,272 minutes in his career at Lawrence. Fisher joined the 2023 Midwest Academic All-Conference team with fellow athletes. Playing alongside him, Sarancic is a forward from Gurnee, Ill.. He has totaled 839 points, 150 assists, 554 rebounds and played 2,098 minutes throughout his Lawrence career. Sarancic is also a member of the Academic All-Conference team, as well as being a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society.

Women’s basketball clinched their spot in the conference tournament. Photo provided by Lawrence Athletics.

As for the game, first-year Casey Schoenecker completed a double-double with a team high of 13 points and game high of 15 rebounds. Ripon College pulled ahead in the second half to stretch their lead which ended the game in a Lawrence loss of 74-46.  

The women’s basketball team put on a nail-biting performance as their senior night game got sent into overtime after the game ended in a 62-62 tie. Following overtime, the game ended with a Vikings win of 74-71 and sealed Lawrence for the final spot in the Midwest Conference Tournament. This will be the first time the women’s team is going to the tournament since 2007. The leading scorer for the Vikings was junior Maggie Culver with 18 points, followed closely by junior Mallory Meyer with 16 points and first-year Charlotte Brennan with 13 points.

The seniors being recognized were Libby Crandall and Emma Carlson. Crandall is a forward from Sartell, Minn., and in her time at Lawrence, Crandall has put up 341 points, 30 assists, 200 rebounds and played 1,402 minutes. Carlson, a forward from Northfield, Minn., has contributed 359 points, 46 assists and 335 rebounds during her Lawrence career of 1,044 minutes. Both are members of the Academic All-Conference Team as well as the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society. 

Thank you to all our senior athletes for everything you have done for Lawrence Athletics during your time at Lawrence University, and good luck wherever life takes you next! You can keep up with all Lawrence athletics on the main instagram page (@luvikesathletics).