Women’s Basketball Goes 1-1 At NCCAA Tip-Off

LINCOLN, IL – The women’s basketball team blitzed Kuyper College for their first win of the season, in a 63-42 thrashing, and lost 62-39 in their second game on Saturday, against Lincoln Christian University, at the NCCAA Tip-Off Tournament, hosted by Lincoln Christian University.

In the ladies’ big win over Kuyper College, Maranatha had three players in double-digit scoring, led by senior guard Allison Schulz (Chillicothe, IL), who posted an impressive 17 points on 42% shooting from the field. Schulz, along with senior center Laci Peterson (Chillicothe, IL), propelled Maranatha to a 30-10 lead after the first quarter, as Peterson had 14 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks and four steals.

Maranatha’s third-leading scorer in the game, sophomore forward Stacy Reinke (Clintonville, WI), posted 10 points on 4-8 shooting from the field while grabbing seven rebounds and dishing out five assists.

Maranatha shot 43% as a team, from the field and out-rebounded the Cougars 54-36, with a 36-18 edge in defensive rebounds. Kuyper closed the gap in the second half scoring one less point than the Crusaders, at 33-32, yet Maranatha clinched its first win of the season, to improve to 2-2 on the season.

Freshman point guard Courtney Dunn (Oshkosh, WI) chipped in eight points, eight rebounds and three assists in the win.

Against the host team, the Lincoln Red Lions, Maranatha found themselves down just 25-22 at halftime, and took more shots than Lincoln (64-57), yet converted only 21% of those attempts in what became the Crusaders’ downfall in the game.

Lincoln’s Tatiana Colclasure had the hot hand for the home team, putting up 28 points on 11-24 shooting from the field, and 4-11 shooting from three-point range, while teammate Moriah Kirkpatrick posted 17 points on 8-14 shooting from the field.

Maranatha was led by Peterson’s 14 points, eight rebounds and four blocks while Reinke scored nine points while grabbing four boards and senior forward Erin Steuerwald (Whitewater, WI) hauled in 11 rebounds while posting six points and two steals.

Maranatha returns home on Thursday, December 12th for their second home game of the season, against Moody Bible Institute, at 6:00 p.m.