Both Ashley Schneider, a Nokomis graduate, and Abby Brockmeyer, a Lincolnwood graduate, along with their teams, had a chance to test themselves against two of the best ranked teams in the country in their division.
Schneider, an Illinois Wesleyan University senior, helped the Lady Titans defeat the ninth ranked team in the NCAA Division III, DePauw University, 80-60. Schneider, who started and played 18 minutes, had two points, six rebounds and three assists.
The Lady Titans followed that win with an 81-63 victory over Washington University. Schneider scored ten points by nailing 4-of-10 from the field, which included one trey, and 1-of-2 from beyond the arc. She also had a team-leading eight assists and four rebounds. In the victory over the Washington Lady Bears, Schneider was one of four athletes in double figures.
Both games were at the Midwest Challenge, which was held in Terre Haute, IN. After the pair of victories, Illinois Wesleyan improved to 4-2.
Brockmeyer and the Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Salukis played Arizona State University, the 19th ranked team among NCAA Division I teams, at the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout, which was held in Las Vegas, NV. In the 82-38 loss to Arizona State, Brockmeyer missed double figures by only one point, scoring nine points and pulling down three rebounds. The starter played 25 minutes.
The Lincolnwood graduate, a SIU-Carbondale sophomore, hit double figures in their 72-50 triumph over University of Hartford. Brockmeyer, who drained 7-of-13 from the field and two free throws, finished with 17 points, ten rebounds and five assists. The starter, who played 17 minutes, also had one trey. SIUC is 3-3 overall.
Carly Cameron (Hillsboro) helped the Illinois College Lady Blues split their latest two games as they downed Lincoln Christian University, 64-52, but lost to Millikin University, 82-79. Cameron scored nine points in each game. In the win over Lincoln Christian, Cameron, who started and played 20 minutes, also had nine rebounds. In the loss, she had three rebounds and two blocked shots. The starter played 23 minutes. Illinois College is 3-3.
Austin Grabow (Hillsboro), an Illinois College offensive lineman, started in IC's final game of the year, a 35-28 victory over Macalester College. The game was held on the campus of Macalester in St. Paul, MN. IC posted 506 yards of offense. They passed for 295 yards and rushed for 211 yards. The Blue Boys had 28 first downs and five touchdowns, four of which were passing touchdowns. They rushed for one touchdown. IC finished 4-6 overall and 2-3 in the Midwest Conference-South Division.
Derek Bourke (Nokomis) scored five points as his college team, MacMurray College, lost a 84-59 decision to University of Illinois-Springfield. The former Redskin, who started and played 16 minutes, also had six rebounds. MacMurray is 1-2.
Jordan Tuetken (Hillsboro) and Zach Wieland (Nokomis) recently finished their men's soccer season at Blackburn College. Tuetken, who played in all 18 games and made 17 starts, is a sophomore defensive player and did not have any stats. He helped Blackburn goalkeepers make 152 saves as they allowed 75 goals in 18 games.
Wieland was a freshman midfielder. Like Tuetken, he received significant time, starting 16 games and playing in all 18. He had one shot on goal. Blackburn struggled to a 1-17 overall record. They were 0-9 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
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