Monmouth, Ill. – The Women’s Basketball Team reasserted themselves offensively in a competitive contest against the Fighting Scots of Monmouth College Saturday afternoon at Glinnie Gymnasium, but their confidence on offense wasn’t enough to overcome the Scots, as they fell late by a final score of 64-72.
After a slump spanning the past few games, the Bucs came out confident on offense against the Scots, scoring more points in the first half (32) than they did in their entire, previous game. Junior Shelby Kline (’19 Rockton, Ill.) posted 14 of her 25 total points in the first 20 minutes to lead the Bucs early, who went into the locker room down only 3 (32-35) after outscoring the Scots 17-9 in the 2nd quarter.
After a made jumper from Melissa McLean (’18 Woolridge, Ill.) to start the 2nd half, #44 Jaylan Dunn (’18 Manteno, Ill.) gave the Bucs their only lead of the half (36-35) with 7:44 left in the 3rd before the Scots responded to take an 8-point lead (42-50) into the final frame. McLean and Dunn finished with 11 and 8 points, respectively.
McLean gave the Bucs hope again when she sunk another jumper at the 5:56 mark in the 4th to get the Bucs as close as 52-54, but the Scots were able to hold of the comeback effort.
Joining Kline and McLean in double figures was #1 Candace Cunningham (’19 Cary, Ill.), who posted 13 points and 3 rebounds.
The Bucs play their final game of the month Tuesday, January 30th when they travel to Illinois to take on the Foresters of Lake Forest College. Tip-off is at 7:30pm