November 22, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

BELLEVILLE – Struggling to put the ball in the basket, the John A. Logan College women’s basketball team dropped its Great Rivers Athletic Conference opener Saturday to Southwestern Illinois. 53-49.

The Volunteers were simply off their game when shooting the ball, converting a subpar 16-of-53 shots or 30 percent. Moreover, they were 0-for-11 from long range. The only good news came at the free-throw line where Logan dropped in 17-of-21 tosses or 80 percent.

Freshman guard Shelby Beussink turned in a solid performance, totaling 14 points to pace the offense. The Jackson, Mo. native made good on 4-of-9 shots and 4-of-4 free throws. Sophomore guard Sarah Bailey followed with 10 points, but was unable to find the range. She was a chilly 2-of-13 from the field to go along with her 6-of-6 effort from the stripe. Abbi Denton knocked down nine. Alison Webb dumped in seven. Webb, who leads the team in scoring, was held to 2-of-11 from the field.

Freshman forward Madelyn Rigdon accounted for six points on 3-of-4 shooting from the field and grabbed five rebounds in limited minutes. Jahkia Holt got a start and connected for five points.

Vols head coach Marty Hawkins felt the team, which led almost the entire first half, let a win slip away.

“We couldn’t find the basket all night against their zone,” he said. “They packed it in against our post players, double- and triple-teaming the post feed. And our guards just didn’t hit the perimeter shots they had been making. SWIC controlled the tempo and we just didn’t have an answer. You’re not going to beat anybody in this league scoring 50 points or less.”

Logan is playing the next few games without freshman post player Hailee Lampley, who underwent dental surgery.

The Vols (3-3, 0-1) host Southeastern Illinois at 1 p.m. Tuesday.