February 1, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

HARRISBURG - Make it three straight wins for the John A. Logan College women's basketball team. The Volunteers held on for an eight-point victory Saturday over Southeastern Illinois College in Harrisburg, 79-71.

With the win, Logan improves to 4-5 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and 8-10 overall. The Falcons fall to 5-5 in the league and 11-10.

The difference in the game was the first five minutes of the second half.

Trailing 40-37 at the intermission, Logan went on a 12-0 run to re-establish command.

Freshman guard Shelby Beussink enjoyed a career-best 24 points to pace the Vols' offense. She was 9-of-20 from the field, including one 3-pointer, and a perfect 5-of-5 from the free-throw line. For good measure, she hauled in nine rebounds and had two steals.

"I thought I played pretty well," Beussink said. "We needed this win, and to get it on the road just makes it better for the team. That 12-0 run really got us going in the second half."

The Jackson, Mo. native said she is not forcing the action now as she was early in the season.
"I'm more comfortable out there on the floor now and definitely a more confident shooter."

Sophomore center Alison Webb followed with 22 points on 8-of-20 shooting from the field and 6-of-6 marksmanship from the charity stripe. Moreover, the 6-footer yanked down a team-high 14 rebounds.

Abbi Denton and Haley Darnell checked in with nine points each. Kalai Trice added eight. Hailee Lampley finished with four points. Deje Mooney dropped in two and Madelyn Rigdon had one.

Bria Bethea led the Falcons in scoring with 28 points. Sheree English contributed 26.

Vols head coach Marty Hawkins was pleased with his team's performance.

"This was a super team win," he said. "Southeastern's a team of runs, but we showed we could guard the perimeter better than we have been. And offensively, I think we made a lot of good decisions with the ball. Shelby is really squaring up well to the basket and is so much more confident in her shot right now."

Hawkins pointed to free throws made as a huge key to the win. Logan knocked down a stunning 17-of-19 attempts.

"Making free throws helps you win a lot of the close games," he said.

Logan travels to Centralia for a 5:30 p.m. conference game Monday against Kaskaskia.