LINCOLN, IL – In what was one of the strongest showings of the year, the Lincoln Christian University (LCU) women's basketball team lost to powerful Trinity International University (TIU) 63-54 Tuesday night.
The Red Lions defense was the star of the show in the losing effort, forcing TIU into 21 turnovers and just 42 percent shooting from the field. Unfortunately, LCU's offense couldn't capitalize – committing 27 turnovers and shooting just 35 percent, including 1-16 from three.
"We're never satisfied with a loss but I was encouraged by a number of things last night," LCU Head Coach Christian Lowry said. "I think we took a couple steps forward in terms of playing with composure. Defensively we were better as well, and I felt like we played three good quarters of team defense. Going forward, we have to learn how to maintain that for 40 minutes."
Abbey Akre (SR/Newark, IL) had 19 points to lead LCU, and grabbed eight boards too. Kayla Burks (FR/East Peoria, IL) put in 13 points, and Katie Boyce (JR/Havana, IL) just missed her 11th double-double in as many games, scoring 11 points and grabbing nine rebounds. Brittany Beals (SO/Effingham, IL) brought down a game high 11 rebounds and added eight points as well.
LCU outrebounded TIU 43-31, but the deciding difference can be found in TIU's 36 points off the bench. LCU had just one.
"We were glad to do better than last time against a really good team," Akre said after the game. "We've taken some positive steps, but need to cut down on turnovers that cost us chances to score. Our defense really showed up tonight."
Tuesday's showing was a stark improvement for the Red Lions over the earlier season loss against TIU, in which they were outscored 73-45.
The loss brings LCU's record to 6-5 on the season.
Moments that Mattered
Back to back buckets to start the game from Akre and Boyce gave the Red Lions a 4-0 lead early, but TIU answered with five quick points of their own.
A Boyce free throw tied the game at seven before TIU took the lead for good. LCU would be trying to play catchup the rest of the way.
Player of the Game
Akre, whose 19 points led all scorers. Her eight rebounds were more than anyone on TIU's team had for the game as well, and third most for the Red Lions.
The girls head to Gary, IN for the A.I.I. Classic this weekend. They will face off against Indiana University-Northwest on Friday and then Rochester College on Saturday. The games start at 1 p.m. and 11 a.m., respectively.