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April 1, 2000

1999-2000 WOMEN'S BASKETBALL REVIEW

1999-2000 AUGUSTANA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL IN REVIEW

 

VIKINGS MAKE GREAT STRIDES IN LISA ROBINSON'S FIRST YEAR

 

The Augustana Vikings may have been shorthanded throughout most of the 1999-2000 season but that did not stop them from laying the foundation for a bright future. First year head coach Lisa Robinson played most of the year with eight healthy players, yet the Vikings managed to come away with an 11-14 overall record and a 5-9 mark in the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin.

 

A pair of key injuries early in the season to freshmen Melissa DeRycke (Kewanee Wethersfield HS, Kewanee, IL) and Abby Waterfield (Ottawa HS, Ottawa, IL) left the Vikings a little thin on the inside. To make things more complicated; Robinson started four freshmen during most of the season. Through it all, however, the pieces started to fall in place.

 

Sophomore Molly Jones (St. Charles HS, St. Charles, IL) led the team in scoring and rebounding. She scored 330 points in 24 games for an average of 13.8 points per game and she pulled down 190 rebounds for an average of 7.9. She finished the year as the second leading rebounding in the conference and ninth highest scorer. For her effort she was named to the second team CCIW all-conference honor squad.

 

Jones led the way in scoring and rebounding but senior Nikki Cross (R.O.W.V.A. HS, Wataga, IL) was instrumental to the Vikings in terms of leadership. She was the only senior on the team and she finished the year by leading Augustana to an 80-56 victory over Elmhurst on February 27. In that final game Cross scored 21 points and grabbed six rebounds. For the season Cross averaged 7.8 points per game and 4.2 rebounds per game. She also contributed a team high 55 assists and 35 steals.

 

Besides Jones and Cross, a key trio of freshmen provided solid contributions all year. Christina Rathe (Lake Zurich HS, Barrington, IL), Brijan Knaap (Urbana HS, Urbana, IL) and Becky Ince (Kewanee Wethersfield HS, Kewanee, IL) started a total of 51 games this year. Rathe ended the year with an average of 9.1 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. She also led the team in free throw percentage at .771 (84 of 109). Knapp was second on the team in assists with 52 and was tops in steals with 37.

 

1999-2000 VIKINGS WOMEN’S BASKETBALL LETTERWINNERS

 

NO

NAME

POS

HT

YR

HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL)

10

Christina Rathe*

G/F

5-10

Fr

Barrington, IL (Lake Zurich)

11

Cherie Peterson**

G

5-8

Jr

St. Charles, IL (St. Charles)

12

Nikki Cross***

G

5-6

Sr

Wataga, IL (R.O.W.V.A.)

20

Abby Waterfield*

F

5-10

Fr

Ottawa, IL (Ottawa)

21

Brijan Knaap*

G

5-3

Fr

Urbana, Il (Urbana)

24

Kristina Nelson*

G

5-8

Fr

Geneva, IL (Geneva)

30

Rebecca Ince*

F/G

5-8

Fr

Kewanee, IL (Kewanee Wethersfield)

32

Ivette Acosta*

F

5-9

Jr

Rock Falls, IL (Rock Falls)

40

Molly Jones**

C

6-0

So

St. Charles, IL (St. Charles)

42

Melissa DeRycke*

C

6-0

Fr

Kewanee, IL (Kewanee Wethersfield)

50

Stephanie Krogman*

F

5-8

So

Clinton, IA (Clinton Mater Dei)

 

HEAD COACH: Lisa Robinson        ASSISTANT COACH: James Black             ASSISTANT COACH: Laura Hechtel

 

1999-2000 COLLEGE CONFERENCE OF ILLINOIS & WISCONSIN WOMEN'S BASKETBALL STANDINGS

 

 

CCIW

 

 

OVER-ALL

 

 

TEAM

W

L

.PCT

W

L

.PCT

Millikin

13

1

.929

24

3

.889

Wheaton

12

2

.857

19

6

.760

North Central

8

6

.571

15

10

.600

North Park

8

6

.571

15

10

.600

Illinois Wesleyan

6

8

.429

10

14

.416

Augustana

5

9

.357

11

14

.440

Carthage

3

11

.214

4

21

.160

Elmhurst

1

13

.071

9

16

.360

 

NOTE: Millikin earned CCIW's automatic berth in NCAA Division III national tournament by virtue of winning the conference title. The Big Blue defeated Fontbonne 77-54 on March 2 in Decatur, Illinois before losing to UW-Eau Claire on March 4 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin by a score of 75-38.