Hillsboro graduate Sammi Matoush knows she is in a very unique position, being a starter on a college basketball team the quality of Washington University.
But, she hungers for more.
"Starting makes me feel as though the long nights and countless hours in the gym have been worth it," said the freshman guard, who was an all-state player at Hillsboro. "It also makes me feel like I have something to prove and keep elevating my game."
Matoush helped the Lady Bears win their first University Athletic Association game by scoring in double figures in the 73-67 triumph over Carnegie Mellon University. The freshman, who had three field goals (two treys) and eight free throws, finished with 16 points and five rebounds in her 31 minutes of play.
She played even better against Brandeis University, but the Lady Bears did not get the victory. Matoush poured in 22 points by hitting 50 percent or better from the field, three-point range and the free-throw line. Overall, from the field, she bucketed 8-of-15, which included a 5-of-10 performance from beyond the arc. She hit 1-of-2 from the charity stripe. She also had four assists and three rebounds in her 29 minutes of play.
"Carnegie Mellon and Brandeis are both in my top five performances of the year," said Matoush. "Both teams are very solid and extremely tough to compete against. In the Carnegie Mellon game, I made some key free throws down the stretch to ensure the other team had no chance to make a come back. In the Brandeis game, I shot well. I hit some tough shots when it mattered. Also, I think I showed some versatility by passing to some open teammates so they could hit some open shots."
Matoush is currently averaging 12.1 points per game, which is second highest on the team. The Lady Bears are 8-7 overall and 1-3 in the UAA.
"The UAA is so competitive and it makes winning that much sweeter," said Matoush. "We have had our fair share of tough, nail-biting games. It feels good to finally come out on top with a win."
Carly Cameron (Hillsboro) scored in double figures for Illinois College twice last week, but the Lady Blues took it on the chin twice. In the 69-43 loss to Cornell College, the senior scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds in 22 minutes of play. She was 6-of-10 from the field. She played 25 minutes against Monmouth. In the 78-69 loss, Cameron bucketed 3-of-7 from the field and 4-of-8 from the charity stripe to finish with 10 points and seven rebounds. They are 8-9 overall and 4-6 in the Midwest Conference.
Abby Brockmeyer (Lincolnwood) scored eight points for Southern Illinois University-Carbondale as they downed University of Evansville. Brockmeyer, who started and played 24 minutes, had eight points, five rebounds and two steals. With the win, SIUC has won two games in a row. SIUC is 11-6 overall and 3-3 in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Lexi Throne (Litchfield) finished seventh in the mile run at the University of Indianapolis-hosted Indianapolis Collegiate Championship, which was held at ARC-Indianapolis, Indiana. Throne finished in 5 minutes, 30.25 seconds. Team scores were not kept.
Jade Scroggins (Hillsboro), a Hannibal-LaGrange University freshman, played in both of HLG's contests last week, but unfortunately, neither performance led to a victory. In the 101-44 loss to nationally-ranked Columbia College, Scroggins had four points in nine minutes of play. Columbia was ranked 15th among NAIA teams at the time of the contest. In the 70-43 loss to William Woods University, Scroggins, who played 23 minutes, had three points and two rebounds. Hannibal-LaGrange is 4-15 overall and 2-12 in the American Midwest Conference.
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