Women’s Basketball plagued by injuries, falls to Carroll

Erik Borresen

The Lawrence women’s basketball team traveled Tuesday night to face a tough conference opponent, Carroll University, but Carroll (8-6, 3-4 MWC) took a lead right away and never looked back.
At halftime, the Pioneers led the Vikings (2-10, 0-6 MWC) by 20 with a score of 49-29. The Vikings’ seven-player rotation was no match for the extremely deep Carroll bench, as 17 different players would enter the game for the Pioneers. Carroll would lead by as many as 35 points in the second half, and eventually went on to win 89-58.
Lawrence was lead by freshman guard Cathy Kaye, who scored a career-high 26 points, connecting on 11 of 14 shots from the field and shooting 4-5 from the charity stripe.
Janelle Groer led the Pioneers with 19 points, but was just one of four players in double figures for Carroll. 14 different players scored for Carroll, while only half that number even stepped foot on the court for Lawrence.
In happier news, junior Annie Kaiser joined the team Tuesday. Kaiser played a large role on the ’07-’08 team, but has been on hiatus from basketball since her freshman year.
Kaiser contributed a solid 19 minutes of action off the bench Tuesday night, alleviating some of the depth problems caused by injuries to the Viking roster.
The Vikings return to action with a two-game road trip this weekend. Lawrence faces Grinnell Friday night and Monmouth College the next afternoon.