Hillsboro graduate Sammi Matoush, a Washington University freshman, could have taken some time to learn the women's basketball system at her new college home.
But, why should she wait, when she can make an immediate impact. In the first two games of her college career, the 2018-19 all-state player has not only started, but scored eight and 10 points.
In Washington University's first win of the year, a 75-64 triumph over Augustana College, Matoush nailed 4-of-8 from the field, which included 2-of-5 from beyond the arc to finish with 10 points in her 22 minutes of play. The starting guard also had six rebounds. In the 93-81 loss to Loras College, the 5-foot-11 freshman bucketed eight points, and pulled down four rebounds in 33 minutes of play.
Both games were held at the Loras College Tipoff. The Washington University Bears are 1-1.
Abby Brockmeyer (Lincolnwood), a Southern Illinois University-Carbondale women's basketball player, posted a double-double for the Salukis, but it was not enough to power them beyond University of Memphis, who won a 70-66 decision. Brockmeyer, who hit 7-of-13 from the field, which included 1-of-2 from beyond the arc, and 2-of-4 from the charity stripe, finished with 17 points, ten rebounds, three steals and two assists. In SIU-Carbondale's 76-65 win over Tennessee Tech, Brockmeyer had 13 points, four rebounds and three assists. She drained 5-of-11 from the floor and 2-of-3 from the free throw line. She had one trey. Brockmeyer started both games, playing 33 minutes in the loss and 26 minutes in the win. SIUC is 2-2.
Austin Grabow (Hillsboro) started at center for the Illinois College Blueboys as they got back on the winning track after losing to Monmouth College. In the 47-17 win over Knox College, IC posted 511 yards of offense. The starting center helped them rush for 286 yards and pass for another 225 yards. They had 25 first downs and six touchdowns. They rushed for five touchdowns and passed for a sixth. Illinois College is 5-2 overall and 2-1 in the Midwest Conference.
Carly Cameron (Hillsboro) helped the Illinois College women's basketball team post a 1-1 mark at the Webster University Tip-Off Classic in St. Louis, Missouri. In the 72-43 loss to Edgewood College, Cameron had four points, a team-leading 12 rebounds and two blocked shots. She had four points and four rebounds in the 75-52 win over University of the Ozarks. Cameron, who started and played 23 minutes against Edgewood, played 18 minutes against the Ozarks. IC is 2-2.
Jade Scroggins (Hillsboro), a Hannibal-LaGrange University freshman, has played in four games and made one start thus far. Scroggins, who averages 13.5 minutes per game, has 13 points and eight rebounds, respective averages of 3.3 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. She also has four steals. She has hit two field goals and nine free throws for her points. Hannibal-LaGrange is 2-5.
Samuel Painter (Litchfield) has appeared in one game thus far for Illinois Wesleyan University. He played two minutes and does not have any stats. The IWU Titans are 4-1.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
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Dan Chamness is a freelance college sports writer. He can be contacted at Dan62801@aol.com.