December 13, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Size often times does matter on the basketball floor. That point was made abundantly clear Saturday afternoon as the Wabash Valley College women’s basketball team used a distinct size advantage to defeat John A. Logan College, 75-60, in Great Rivers Athletic Conference play.

The Warriors (4-0 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and 9-3 overall) broke free from a halftime deadlock (28-28) to pound the Vols over the final 20 minutes. Two post players (Olivia Hunt and Desiree Rhodes) measuring 6-foot-3 stood three inches taller than Logan’s tallest player (6-foot Alison Webb). Mix in some mid-size athletic players and Wabash Valley was a load to stop on both ends of the floor.

In fact, the Warriors outrebounded the Vols, 45-to-25.

Wabash Valley was led in scoring by Tyshee Towner and Sydney Small, who each tallied 18 points. Kaela Hodges followed with 13 and Nikki Muensterman added 10.

Webb led the way offensively for Logan with 21 points, but had several of her shots blocked inside the paint. She finished 6-of-16 from the field. She was perfect from the free-throw line at 8-for-8. Another sophomore, Sarah Bailey, checked in with 11 points before leaving the game late with an ankle injury. Her playing status for this week is unknown

Deje Mooney came off the bench to drop in 10 points. Haley Darnell and Shelby Beussink netted six apiece.

JALC head coach Marty Hawkins said rebounding, or lack thereof, was clearly the difference in the game.

“They had so many offensive rebounds (17 to Logan’s 4), which allowed them to get a lot of second- and third-shot opportunities right underneath the basket.

And then defensively, they shut us down, so give them credit. They’re a good defensive team,” Hawkins said. “They blocked a lot of shots. We just didn’t do a good enough job of putting a body on a body and boxing out. We didn’t control the glass on the defensive end and it cost us.”

The Vols struggled from the field, converting only 21-of-57 attempts (37 percent). They were also 4-of-13 from long range (31 percent) and a smoking 88 percent (14-of-16) from the free-throw line.

Logan, now 2-3 in the league and 5-5 overall, wraps up its pre-holiday schedule with a 5:30 p.m. non-conference game Tuesday at Parkland College in Champaign.

“I think it’s important that we close out this chapter of the season on a more positive note,” Hawkins said. “We need to play better than what we showed tonight because Parkland’s a good team. They’re one of the top teams in the country in Division II, so we’ll have to come ready to play.”