MATOON, IL — On Tuesday evening, the Lincoln College Women’s Basketball team faced off against their first Region 24 opponent of the season at Lake Land College. The matchup figured to be a strong one as the Lady Lynx came in to the contest a perfect 6-0 on the season, while the Lakers entered riding a four-game winning streak that included a victory over nationally ranked Moraine Valley (#14).
The two teams did not disappoint as they battled their way through four intense quarters of play that resulted in a 77-72 win on the road for Lincoln.
LC’s defense was put to the test early as Lake Land kept constant pressure on them which led to several Lincoln players getting into first half foul trouble. The Lakers were able take a five-point lead into the halftime break at 36-31 and maintain that margin into the fourth quarter. In the final period of play, LC turned the tables on Lake Land and outscored them 23-13 to win 77-72.
Sophomore guard Nautica Preston (Chicago) came up huge for LC by scoring 24 points going 7 of 9 from beyond the three-point arc. Freshman Elizabeth Bankole (Rockford) also turned in a terrific performance with a double-double (20 points, 10 rebounds) and 2 blocked shots. Sophomore Erynn Young’s (Indianapolis, IN) 12 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds, 4 blocks, and 2 steals were also keys to the victory.
Lincoln Coach Matt Vavro is proud of how his team handled their first close contest of the season. Vavro said, “This was a huge win on the road for us to start region play against a very tough Lake Land team.”
Coach Vavro recognized the difficulty getting into foul trouble meant for his team which was shorthanded due to injuries. “We only dressed seven players which makes getting into foul trouble that much more of an issue. I thought we kept our composure and confidence while trailing in the fourth quarter and were able to get some timely stops when we needed them most,” he said.
LC (7-0) is off until next Wednesday when they will play at Belleville-Lindenwood at 7:30 pm.