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March 1, 2009


ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – The Augustana women’s basketball team finished its third season under head coach Bobbi Endress with an overall record of 3-22 and a 1-13 mark in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin. The Vikings earned non-conference wins against Martin Luther (66-48) at the Grinnell Tournament and Peace (85-76, 2OT) at the South Padre Island Shootout. The Blue & Gold also defeated North Park (70-57) at home in conference action.

Junior Kristen Fox (Ottawa HS, Ottawa, Ill.) led the team with an 11.2 scoring average. She played in all 25 games and earned 18 starts on the season. Fox averaged a team high 30.6 minutes per contest and also led Augustana with 43 steals. She shot 33.7 percent (100-297) from the floor and converted 29.9 percent (35-117) of her three point attempts. The junior was also reliable from the charity stripe, sinking 76.7 percent (46-60) of her free throw tosses. Fox finished with a 5.4 rebounds per game average, snaring 96 defensive boards and 40 on the offensive end. She also dished out 52 assists and made three blocks. Fox scored a season high 23 points in the victory against Martin Luther and had her second highest scoring output in the victory against North Park, tallying 22 points.

Freshman Natalie Runge (St. Dominic HS, O’Fallon, Mo.) finished as the squad’s second leading scorer, averaging 10.7 points per game in 26.9 minutes of action. Runge started all 25 games for the Vikings and led the team in overall field goal percentage, shooting 49.7 percent (96-193) from the field. She made 66.7 percent (76-114) of her free throw attempts and totaled 23 assists. Runge also averaged 5.4 rebounds per game, grabbing 83 on the defensive end and 51 on the offensive glass. She added 16 steals and seven blocks during the year. Runge’s best performance of the season came in the victory over Peace where she scored 27 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead Augustana. She also scored 19 points against Coe and at home against Millikin.

Freshman Lani Kasten (Forreston HS, German Valley, Ill.) finished with a 9.3 scoring average, earning starts in 24 of the 25 contests. She was third on the team in minutes played, averaging 28.0 per contest. Kasten shot 31.7 percent (72-227) from the floor and made 23.4 percent (18-77) of her three point field goal tries. She led the team with 144 total rebounds, averaging 5.8 per contest. Kasten snared 108 on the defensive end of the court and also added 36 offensive rebounds. She was also the team leader with 19 blocks and contributed 46 assists and 13 steals. The freshman turned in her best performance in a home game against the Thunder, finishing with 21 points and 13 rebounds. She also recorded a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds against Lynchburg in the South Padre Island Shootout.

Senior Sarah Rachwalski (Amos Alonzo Stagg HS, Palos Hills, Ill.) started all 25 games in her final season as a Viking and averaged 7.4 points per contest. She was second on the team with an average of 29.4 minutes per game and also finished second on the squad with 31 steals. Rachwalski was second on the team with a 47.3 percent (71-150) shooting average from the floor. She also hit 33.3 percent (9-27) of her three point field goal attempts. The senior grabbed 71 rebounds, including 14 on the offensive end, and also led the Blue & Gold with 64 assists. Rachwalski scored a season high 17 points at Wheaton, but her best game of the year came against Peace where she was just two assists shy of recording a triple-double. She finished that contest with 13 points, 11 rebounds, and 8 assists.

Sophomore Jeanelle Strohmaier (Genoa-Kingston HS, Genoa, Ill.) played in 24 games and made 13 starts while averaging 5.1 points per contest. She shot 36.4 percent (47-129) from the field and was the team’s top performer from the free throw line where she converted 79.4 percent (27-34) of her attempts. Strohmaier totaled 65 rebounds, five steals, and five assists. The sophomore turned in her top performance of the season in a victory against Martin Luther, scoring 15 points and grabbing six rebounds. Strohmaier had a season high seven rebounds against Aurora.

Freshman Kristina Howard (Cherokee Trail HS, Aurora, Colo.) made one start in her first season with the Vikings, but was a valuable contributor coming off the bench, playing in all 25 games and averaging 18.9 minutes of action per contest. Howard made her presence known on the glass where she collected 128 rebounds, an average of 5.1 per game. She was second on the squad with 49 offensive boards. The freshman shot 37.6 percent (41-109) from the field, dished out 22 assists, and compiled 21 steals. Howard had double digit rebounds in five games during the season, including 11 in games at Monmouth and at home against Millikin. She averaged 4.2 points per game and scored eight points in home contests against St. Ambrose and Elmhurst.

Sophomore Lisa Smith (Lemont HS, Lemont, Ill.) started 12 of 25 games in her second season for Augustana. She connected on 33.3 percent (10-30) of her field goal attempts and shot 66.7 percent (4-6) from the free throw line. Smith totaled 32 rebounds, nine assists, and three steals while averaging 12.2 minutes per game. Freshman Allie Scaggs (Petersburg-Porta HS, Petersburg, Ill.) made six starts in 19 games and scored 38 points. She shot 63.3 percent (19-30) from the charity stripe and grabbed 31 rebounds. Sophomore Dawn Kernich (Mt. Olive HS, Mt. Olive, Ill.) played in 22 games and made one start. She had 33 rebounds, including 20 on the offensive glass, and finished the year with 44 points. Her best game came in a home win against North Park where she scored 10 points and finished with four rebounds.

Freshman Brianna Skeens (Vernon Hills HS, Vernon Hills, Ill.) played in 22 games as a reserve and scored 22 points during the season. She grabbed 40 rebounds and had eight assists. Skeens had a season high seven rebounds at North Park. Freshman Elizabeth Phillips (Grayslake North HS, Lake Villa, Ill.) came off the bench in 20 contests and scored 33 points. She finished with 25 rebounds, seven assists, and five steals. Sophomore Alyssa Neitzel (Providence Catholic HS, Shorewood, Ill.) also played in 20 games as a reserve and scored 23 points in her second year with the Blue & Gold. She scored a season high six points in the game at Wheaton. Freshman Abbi Staples (Sterling HS, Sterling, Ill.) played in 14 games and finished with 19 points. She totaled 12 rebounds, eight assists, and four steals. Freshman Jessica Scott (Morrison HS, Morrison, Ill.) played in 12 games and tallied 12 points. She hit 88.9 percent (8-9) of her free throw tosses and added six rebounds.


Illinois Wesleyan 14 0 1.000 30 1 .968
Wheaton 11 3 .786 16 10 .615
Carthage 9 5 .643 18 9 .667
North Central 7 7 .500 12 13 .480
Elmhurst 7 7 .500 14 11 .560
Millikin 6 8 .429 12 13 .480
AUGUSTANA 1 13 .071 3 22 .120
North Park 1 13 .071 4 20 .167


VIKING AWARD: Sarah Rachwalski

Story written by Assistant Sports Information Director Adam Strand