LINCOLN, IL – The Lincoln Christian University (LCU) women's basketball team won for the third time in four games Saturday, this time against the visiting Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT).
The game was a tale of two halves for the Red Lions, whose poor shooting led to a five point halftime deficit after getting outscored in each of the first two periods. A trouncing effort in the third quarter was the difference, as Lincoln Christian outscored IIT 27-4 in the period. A six point advantage in the fourth put the lid on the Red Lions 59-35 win.
Katie Boyce (JR/Havana, IL) had a big game with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Kayla Burks (FR/East Peoria, IL) and Abbey Akre (SR/Newark, IL) both had 11 points, and combined for 10 rebounds and eight assists. Abigail Crockett (SO/Normal, IL) pulled down a game high 15 boards.
"Today was not our best day but sometimes you have to push through and win ugly and fortunately for us we were able to do that," LCU Head Coach Christian Lowry said following his team's victory. "Abbey continues to step up during big moments of the game and provide senior leadership."
LCU won the rebounding battle 57-44 in an impressive show of force, which helped offset shooting just 28 percent from the floor and three for 21 from deep. The Red Lions had better luck from the free-throw line, knocking down 18 of 25.
"We started out rough, but after talking it over in the locker room at half we realized it was intensity that we were missing," Akre said. "We came out with more intensity and communication which helped our movement on defense and on offense. It was surely a team effort and it was nice to be able to turn it around."
LCU's defense held IIT to just two assists and forced 19 turnovers. The win brings LCU's season record to 4-2.
Moments that Mattered
"I thought [Abbey's] offensive rebound and put back to start the second half was the turning point in the game and a catalyst for our big third quarter," Lowry said.
Akre's bucket pulled LCU within three at 16-19. From there, the Red Lions gave up a two from IIT before rattled off 17 straight points before sacrificing another bucket. They won the quarter 27-4.
Player of the Game
Boyce, who added six blocks to her 15 points and 13 rebounds.
The girls remain home for a game against Morthland College Wednesday night at 7 p.m.