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January 17, 2009

2008-09 Season - Vikings fall 75-47 to Wheaton in women's basketball


ROCK ISLAND, Ill.
– The Augustana women’s basketball team dropped its fourth straight College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin contest on Saturday, January 17, falling 75-47 to Wheaton in Rock Island, Illinois.  The Vikings are 2-13 overall and 0-4 in the CCIW.

Senior Sarah Rachwalski (Amos Alonzo Stagg HS, Palos Hills, Ill.) converted a three point play the old fashioned way to cut Wheaton’s lead to 8-7 at the 14:44 mark of the opening half.  From there, the Thunder scored the next 12 points while the Vikings were scoreless in the next five minutes.  The visitors opened up a 20-7 advantage and led by double digits the rest of the first half on the way to a 40-23 lead at intermission.  The Vikings were held to just six made field goals during the opening half of play.

Trailing 48-23 early in the second half, the Vikings bounced back with 14-1 scoring spree to close the deficit to 49-37 with 13:14 left in the ball game.  Freshman Kristina Howard (Cherokee Trail HS, Aurora, Colo.) opened the run with a jumper.  Rachwalski and junior Kristen Fox (Ottawa HS, Ottawa, Ill.) followed with buckets of their own on two of the next three possessions.  Fox then drained a three point field goal, freshman Natalie Runge (St. Dominic HS, O’Fallon, Mo.) scored a basket, and freshman Lani Kasten (German Valley HS, Forreston, Ill.) hit a three point shot of her own to complete the stretch.

Wheaton responded with a 12-1 run of its own and grabbed control of the game for the remainder of the second half, pulling ahead 61-38 with just under eight minutes to play.  The Thunder kept the Vikings at bay the rest of the way to earn the conference road victory.

Kasten (pictured above) put together a strong performance for the Blue & Gold, scoring 21 points and snaring 13 rebounds.  No other player on either team had more than six rebounds in the game.  Rachwalski added nine points.

Wheaton was led by a game-high 22 points from Jamie Jones.  Lisa Ballenger and Kathleen Fidelia were also in double figures with 14 and 13 points respectively.

Story written by Assistant Sports Information Director Adam Strand