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February 16, 2010

2009-2010 Season - Turnovers cost Vikings in loss to Titans

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – A bevy of turnovers cost the Augustana women’s basketball team in its 79-40 loss to Illinois Wesleyan on Tuesday, February 16 in Rock Island, Illinois.  The Titan defense forced 20 turnovers in each half of play and picked up the road win.  The Blue & Gold fall to 6-18 overall and 1-12 in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin.

Sophomore Lani Kasten (German Valley HS, Forreston, Ill.) scored the first points of the night for the Vikings, cutting into an early 6-0 lead for the visitors.  She finished the contest with 12 points and was the lone Augustana player to finish in double figures.

Trailing 13-4, the Vikings put together a 6-2 spurt to cut the Titan lead to 15-10 at the 12:50 mark.  Freshman Kristin Warnken (Centaurus HS, Erie, Colo.), junior Dawn Kernich (Mt. Olive HS, Mt. Olive, Ill.), and sophomore Kristin Howard (Cherokee Trail HS, Aurora, Colo.) each tallied two points during the stretch.

Augustana stayed within single digits of the lead until Illinois Wesleyan’s Hope Schulte connected on a jumper at the 10:10 mark to put the Titans in front 24-13.  Schulte added a free throw on the following possession to push the edge to 12.

Once again, Augustana battled back, this time running off six straights points to close within 25-19 with 8:41 left in the opening half.  Junior Alyssa Neitzel (Providence Catholic HS, Shorewood, Ill.) cut the gap to single digits with a three point field goal and then nailed another one on the very next possession, trimming the gap to six points.

The momentum quickly changed as the visitors scored the next eight points to open up a 14 point lead.  The Titans used a 19-4 run to close the half and grab a commanding 44-23 advantage.

Augustana cut the Titan lead to 18 early in the second half on a bucket from Kasten, but that was as close as the Vikings would get the rest of the way.  Illinois Wesleyan’s defense only allowed four field goals in the final stanza, pulling away for the road victory.

Story written by Assistant Sports Information Director Adam Strand