Sammi Matoush, a Hillsboro graduate, and the rest of the Washington University women’s basketball team will probably look back at the 2019-2020 season as the season they started to turn it around.
While most coaches would take an overall record of 14-11 mark as a successful season. Washington University is not the normal school. Not athletically or academically. In women’s basketball, they have posted 20 or more wins in eight of the last 10 seasons. During two of those years, they were fortunate enough to play in the NCAA Division III National Final. They won the national title in 2010.
While they will lose all-conference player Kristina Schmelter, who led them in scoring, to graduation, the other three women, including Matoush, who averaged in double figures are slated to return.
Matoush scored 306 points and pulled down 114 rebounds this year. In addition to her respective averages of 12.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, she also had 55 assists, 17 steals and two blocked shots.
The 5-foot-11 freshman scored her points by hitting 96-of-125 field goals, which included a 49-of-146 performance from beyond the arc, and 65-of-78 from the charity stripe. She started every game and averaged 28.8 minutes per game.
She led the Bears in minutes played and minutes per game. She was second on the team in points scored, points per game, free throws made and three pointers made. Washington University was 7-7 in the University Athletic Association.
Reid Detmers (Glenwood) improved to 3-0 as he was University of Louisville’s pitcher of record in their 4-1 triumph over Wake Forest University. The Nokomis native, who worked six innings, allowed only four hits. He fanned 15 batters and walked two. The Louisville Cardinals, now ranked third in the country among NCAA Division I teams, is 12-4 overall and 2-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Abby Brockmeyer (Lincolnwood) poured in 19 points for Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, but it was not enough to power the Lady Salukis beyond Valparaiso University, who won a 69-58 decision. Brockmeyer, who hit 6-of-8 from the floor and 6-of-11 from the free throw line, completed the double-double with 11 rebounds and three assists. She started and played 30 minutes.
In SIUC’s 58-41 win over Loyola University, Brockmeyer had eight points, a team-leading 15 rebounds and four steals.. She started against the Ramblers and played 34 minutes. SIUC is 16-13 overall and 8-10 in the Missouri Valley Conference. They advance to the MVC Tournament in Moline and will play University of Evansville tonight at seven p.m.
Kyra Huber (Hillsboro) took seventh in the 60-meter dash at the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships. The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh freshman dashed to the finish line in 7.93 seconds. She was also 14th in the 200-meter dash, finishing in :26.44. Wisconsin-Oshkosh took third with 92 points. University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse took first with 230 points.
Lexi Law (Litchfield) was 2-for-4 as her college team, Lindenwood University-Belleville, defeated Fisher College 2-1. Law, who walked, drove home one and scored once. In LU-Belleville’s 8-1 loss to Indiana University-Southeast. LU-Belleville is 2-8.
Kendra Jacob (Hillsboro) had hits in two of Hannibal-LaGrange University’s games in Kissimmee, Florida. The PFXA Spring Games were played at the Fortune RD Athletic Complex. Hannibal-LaGrange is 1-6.
Unfortunately for HLG, neither of Jacob’s performances led to a victory. In the 8-6 loss to University of St. Francis, Jacob was 1-for-4 with a double and a walk. She was also 1-for-4 in the 6-5 loss to Spring Arbor University. The former Hiltopper drove home a pair of runs.
Kaili Hanner (Hillsboro), a St Louis University pitcher, worked the first two innings of SLU’s 7-2 victory over Niagra University. Hanner, who did not get the win, allowed two earned runs on three hits. She walked three and fanned one. Thus far, Hanner has appeared in four games and made one start. In 4 2/3 innings on the hill, she has allowed six earned runs on six hits. The freshman has walked eight and fanned two. St. Louis is 6-13 overall.
Jade Scroggins (Hillsboro) scored 57 points for Hannibal-LaGrange women’s basketball team this year. The freshman also had 26 rebounds. In addition to her respective averages of 2.4 and 1.1 per game, she also had 19 assists, 10 steals and three blocked shots. She scored her points by draining 16 field goals (five treys) and 20 free throws. HLG finished 5-24 overall and 3-21 in the American Midwest Conference.
Lizzy Luttrell (Litchfield) has a .333 batting average for Lewis and Clark Community College’s softball team, who has posted a 6-1 record thus far. In nine trips to the plate, she has three hits. She also has three runs scored and one walk.