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November 22, 2008

2008-09 Season - Augustana women's basketball team drops 83-59 contest at Monmouth

– The Augustana women’s basketball team scored first in its contest with Monmouth, but never held the lead again, falling 83-59 to the Fighting Scots on Saturday, November 22 in Monmouth, Illinois.  The Vikings are now 1-3 overall.
Sophomore Jeanelle Strohmaier (Genoa-Kingston HS, Genoa, Ill.) scored the first points of the night on a jumper at the 18:11 mark to put the Vikings in front 2-0.  Monmouth responded by scoring the next seven points and eventually pulled out to a double digit advantage at 17-7 midway through the opening half. 

The Vikings twice cut the lead to nine points and moved within 27-18 at the 5:14 mark, but a 13-5 run by Monmouth helped the home team grab a commanding lead on the way to a 43-29 advantage at intermission.  Augustana was limited to nine field goals on 26 attempts (34.6 percent) in the first half, while the Fighting Scots connected on 18 of 33 shots (54.5 percent) from the floor.

A pair of free throws by freshman Natalie Runge (St. Dominic HS, O’Fallon, Mo.) and a basket by freshman Lani Kasten (Forreston HS, German Valley, Ill.) closed the deficit to 10 points as Augustana clawed within 45-35 early in the second half.  The Vikings moved even closer on two made free throws by junior Kristen Fox (Ottawa HS, Ottawa, Ill.) that cut the Monmouth lead to single digits at 49-40 with 15:59 remaining.

That proved to be as close as Augustana would get for the rest of the evening.  A balanced scoring attack led by 18 points from Lynsey Barnard helped the Fighting Scots pull away midway through the second half on the way to the 83-59 victory.

Kasten was the lone Viking in double figures with 14 points.  Kasten and Runge each snared seven rebounds, helping Augustana to a 43-36 edge on the boards.

Barnard was helped by 17 points a piece from Justine Boone and Melissa Gorski.  Tanesha Hughes also chipped in 13 points as the home team had four players in double figures.

Story written by Assistant Sports Information Director Adam Strand