The Wheaton women’s basketball team has extended their win streak once again and have won eight games straight since Dec. 30, 2017. After a grueling couple of weeks, the Thunder basketball women got a well-earned weekend off of CCIW competition before returning to conference action yesterday night. The Thunder beat Trinity Christian College (Ill.) on Friday, Jan. 19 with a final score of 94-51.
After a slow first couple minutes, Trinity was able to get up on the Thunder 11-7 with 5:20 left in the first quarter. However, once those minutes passed, the game was all Wheaton. Sophomore Kristi Demski made four three-pointers in a row to help put Wheaton up 26-17 at the end of the first quarter.
Going into the second quarter, Wheaton’s strong starters senior Maggie Dansdill and sophomore Jordan Myroth both had strong scoring performances before they were sat on the bench to rest with a little more than three minutes left in the quarter. Senior Hannah Frazier also had a strong scoring performance in the second after she had a slower start in the first.
In the second half, senior Kelly Lawson, Dansdill and Demski led their team in scoring with 15, seven, and six points respectively. Throughout the second half, Wheaton continued to pull ahead and was able to extend their lead to 43 points by the end of the game. All around, this game was dominated by the more-talented Thunder team.
Yesterday night Wheaton played CCIW rival Augustana College, and the Thunder boomed over the Vikings with a final victorious score of 79-57. Frazier had another strong scoring performance as she scored 27 points.
Dansdill scored 18 points, but she also had three steals, the most of any of her teammates. Dansdill spent the most time on the court of her teammates.
The Thunder used every opportunity they could get and scored 15 points off of turnovers and 18 bench points.
Augustana was only able to outscore Wheaton 17-16 in the final quarter, but, besides that, Wheaton outscored the Vikings in the other three quarters 18-12, 20-16, and 25-12.
The Wheaton women’s basketball team will travel to Millikin University for yet another CCIW game at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27. Millikin is 0-8 when played CCIW teams and has an overall record of 5-12.
Wheaton is now ranked second in the conference with a 7-2 CCIW record and a 14-4 overall record. Illinois Wesleyan is the top ranked team in the CCIW with a conference record of 9-0 and overall record of 16-2.