Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Lady Lions Rebound from a Pair of Losses to Stay atop Standings

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Lady Lions Rebound from a Pair of Losses to Stay atop Standings

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The Lindenwood College women's basketball team seems to be back on the right track.

The Lady Lions, coming off losses to McKendree and nationally ranked Rockhurst, bounced back to beat Missouri Baptist and William Woods in key American Midwest Conference games late last week. Entering the final week of regular-season play, Lindenwood is 9-1 atop the AMC standings and 16-10 overall.

"The loss to McKendree hurt, but the loss at Rockhurst didn't mean a thing," Lindenwood coach Steve Crotz said. "Rockhurst is a very good team and they took it to us in the first half. But in the second half, I thought we regrouped and ended up playing real well. Most teams that go to Rockhurst get blown away, but I thought we more than held our own."

The Lady Lions, who trailed 43-28 at halftime, eventually lost 84-72.

Jennifer Rotkvich led the way for the Lady Lions with 17 points. Shannon Malek (16 points), Michelle White (15 points), Stacia Parsell (12 points) and Danita Evans (10 points) also scored in double figures.

"It was a game we would've liked to win, but we knew that the conference games were our key games last week," Crotz said.

Lindenwood beat Missouri Baptist 69-59 Thursday and rolled by William Woods 61-44 Saturday.

"We were real sloppy against Missouri Baptist; we just weren't hitting our shots," Crotz said. "But we played good enough defense to come away with the win."

Malek (19 points) and White (17 points) led the way for the Lady Lions, who also got eight points apiece from Parsell and Mary Schuh.

Saturday's game was somewhat of a showdown as both Lindenwood and William Woods came in with 8-1 AMC records.

"We came out and played a great ballgame," Crotz said. "Stacia stepped up and played one of her better games - she had six or seven assists, scored 13 points and really demonstrated some great leadership."

Malek (19 points), White (16 points) and Patti Perkins (nine points) also had big games for the Lady Lions.

"Shannon stepped up the way we expect Shannon to step up," Crotz said. "When we played at William Woods, Michelle hit five straight 3-pointers. We opened Saturday's game in a different set, but when we went back to that set, Michelle hit two 3's right away. That gave us a big lift.

"Then at the start of the second half (with Lindenwood leading 33-25), with Woods looking to shut down Shannon and Michelle, both Patti Perkins and Gwen Briscoe step up to hit big 3's for us. Those really put the game away for us."

Lindenwood was scheduled to play the University of Missouri-St. Louis Monday and close out the regular season with AMC games Thursday at Hannibal-LaGrange and Saturday against Park at the Lindenwood Sports Complex in Bridgeton.

The AMC postseason tournament will be played Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday next week. The tournament champion earns a trip to the NAIA National Tournament. …

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