Dec. 3, 2012
GALESBURG—The Carl Sandburg College women’s basketball team gave nationally ranked Southeastern a scare before losing 42-34 on Monday night at John M. Lewis Gymnasium.
The Chargers (2-6) cut an 18-point, second-half deficit to five before the Blackhawks (10-1), the fourth-ranked team in NJCAA Division II, hit free throws down the stretch to wrap up the victory.
Freshman forward Marysa Remick (ROWVA) scored a game-high 12 points for the Chargers and freshman forward Destini Bollinger (Astoria) added six points. Ksenia Sharan, a 6-foot-3 forward from Moscow, led Southeastern with 10 points.
The Blackhawks scored the first five points of the second half for their largest lead of the night at 32-14, but a 12-2 burst by Sandburg cut the lead to 34-26 with 8 minutes, 30 seconds to go. A 6-0 run, capped by a 3-pointer from sophomore Makenzie Frank (Knoxville), got the Chargers within 39-34 with 2:01 to play, but Southeastern hit three of four free throws in the final minute to ice the contest.
“To hold that team to 42 points is a big credit to the way we played defense tonight,” said Chargers coach Mike Bailey, whose team shot 16 percent from the floor. “There was just a lid on the basket all night. We had plenty of chances but couldn’t take advantage of them.”
Sandburg’s next contest is 6 p.m. Wednesday against Monmouth JV at John M. Lewis Gymnasium.