February 28, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

ULLIN – Freshman guard Shelby Beussink poured in a game- and career-best 24 points Saturday afternoon to spark the John A. Logan College women’s basketball team to a 96-54 rout of Shawnee College in the regular-season finale for both schools.

A Jackson, Mo. native who graduated from Cape Notre Dame High School, Beussink converted 9-of-12 shot opportunities, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. She was also 3-of-3 from the free-throw line and grabbed eight rebounds.

“We were definitely on our game with our shooting today. It felt pretty good to get the win,” Beussink said. “We wanted to end the regular season on a positive note for Coach (Marty) Hawkins, and hopefully, we can carry it over to the Region 24 tournament next week.”

The freshman said Sarah Bailey’s return from the injury list allows for extra rest for a depleted Vols’ roster.

“You’d be surprised what one extra player can mean to us,” she said. “And not only did Sarah’s presence give us more rest, but she played really well today.”

Beussink was one of five Vols to reach double figures against the winless Saints (0-23). Freshman guard Haley Darnell followed with 21 points. Sophomore center Alison Webb knocked down 18 and grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds. Freshman guard Abbi Denton dropped in 12 points. Freshman Maddie Rigdon added 10.

Bailey, a sophomore forward in her second game back from a serious ankle injury, tallied seven points. Freshman forward Jahkia Holt netted four and pulled in 10 rebounds.

Logan led 45-26 at the half. The Vols enjoyed one of their finest shooting games of the season, converting 40-of-72 shots from the field (55 percent); 6-of-14 threes or 43 percent; and 10-of-11 free throws (91 percent).

Vols head coach Marty Hawkins was impressed with the offensive showing.

“They (Saints) didn’t play a very aggressive zone against us, and we have some players that when you let them get their feet set, can really shoot the ball,” he said. “We were able to get so many open looks and we buried them.”

Having finished 9-9 in Region 24 and 13-14 for the year, Logan opens postseason play at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Rend Lake College. The opponent has yet to be determined.