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January 2, 2013

Slow start dooms Vikings in CCIW opener

Junior Jessica Baids scored 14 points on six of seven from the field and two of three from the free throw line and also grabbed six rebounds in the Vikings 46-38 loss to North Park on Wednesday, January 2.

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. - A sluggish start in the game's first eight minutes was too much to overcome as Augustana fell to North Park 46-38 on Wednesday, January 2 in the Carver Center. It was the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin opener for both teams and the visitors jumped out to an 18-2 lead by the 12:06 mark in the first half.

The game was tied 2-2 after Jessica Baids (West Chicago HS, Carol Stream, Ill.) hit a basket in the first minute of play. From that point, North Park ripped off the next 16 points to take a commanding 18-2 advantage until Chaney Tambling (Dwight HS, Dwight, Ill.) scored with 11:47 left in the first half.

The Vikings did manage to cut it to single digits twice in the first half but North Park led by 14 (31-17) at intermission. In the second half Augustana put together a 9-0 run from the 7:57 mark to the 4:59 post to trim the margin to just four (39-35) after a pair of Molly Etheridge (Normal Community HS, Bloomington, Ill.) free throws. However, the Vikings could only manage three points the rest of the way and fell by eight (46-38).

Baids was the lone Augustana player in double figures as she scored 14 points on six of seven from the floor and two of three from the free throw line. She also grabbed six rebounds and had a steal. Etheridge scored seven points and had five rebounds with two assists. Kayla Boers (Oswego East HS, Oswego, Ill.) grabbed a game high eight rebounds as the Vikings led 39-33 on the boards.

North Park, which shot .444 (12-27) from the floor in the first half, only connected on five of 25 (.200) in the second 20 minutes of action. Kamauria Acree led the victors in scoring with 11 points.

North Park is now 10-2 on the season and 1-0 in league play while the Vikings fall to 4-7 and 0-1.