Augie women's coach happy despite close loss


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By Tom Johnston, tjohnston@qconline.com
Augustana College women's basketball coach Mark Beinborn was still smiling Saturday night despite his young squad missing a chance to come up with a CCIW victory at Carver Center.

With Gianna Pecora converting on a nice drive to the hoop and Molly Etheridge adding two free throws on the next trip, Augie pulled to within a point of visiting Elmhurst with 5:30 left. However, the Vikings failed to get another field goal and ended up falling 69-61 to the Bluejays (9-8, 3-3 CCIW).

"Offensively, you're going to have some ups and downs, but we're continuing to grow,'' said Beinborn, in his first year as head coach. "They are grasping everything we are teaching them.''

The next step, he said, is learning how to win games when they are on the line.

"They hit some big shots,'' said Beinborn, whose club falls to 6-10, 2-4 CCIW. "We got some good looks that didn't fall. It's all part of learning how to close out games.''

Shooting 35 percent from the field, Augie was outscored 52-50 from the field and 17-11 from the free-throw line. Elmhurst also held a 47-38 rebounding edge.

A big difference was on the defensive end. In the first half, Beinborn said he liked his team's help defense that controlled the paint. In the second half, Elmhurst had a lot more good looks in close and 6-foot-1 sophomore Fiona McMahon made her presence felt with a whopping 21 rebounds. While she only had six points, the Bluejay offense ran through her at the low block. She opened things up for the outside as Tess Godhardt scored 24 points and Karen Senette was 4-for-6 from 3-point range for her 12 points.

Pecora led the Vikings with 16 points and Etheridge, who had a team-high eight rebounds, added 15.

Augie kept a modest lead through much of the first half before the fifth tie of the half at the 1:24 mark. From there, Etheridge hit two two free throws and nailed a 3-pointer at the buzzer as the Vikings took a 34-29 halftime advantage.






BASKETBALL
QC college women
Elmhurst 69, Augustana 61
ELMHURST (9-8, 3-3 CCIW)
McMahon 2-12 2-2 2 21 6, Swanson 1-5 0-0 2 0 3, KSchwerdtmann 1-7 3-4 4 0 5, Mitchell 2-3 0-0 2 1 4, Senette 4-10 0-0 3 4 12, Vaughn 0-1 6-8 1 6 6, Godhardt 9-12 6-8 2 9 24, M.Schwerdtmann 0-1 0-0 0 0 0, Spencer 1-2 0-0 0 0 3, Shaffer 2-4 0-0 3 2 6, Monroe 0-1 0-0 1 0 0. Team rebounds 4. Totals 22-58 17-22 20 47 69.

AUGUSTANA (6-10, 2-4 CCIW)
Etheridge 4-11 5-8 4 8 15, Hicks 1-3 0-1 0 5 2, Pecora 5-13 4-5 3 2 16, Baids 4-12 1-1 4 1 9, Tambling 3-8 0-1 2 5 6, Boers 2-4 0-1 2 2 4, VanRoeyen 1-1 0-0 0 0 2, McNally 1-5 0-1 1 5 2, Lee 1-3 1-1 1 3 3, Kerr 1-4 0-0 1 1 2, Tomerlin 0-1 0-0 0 1 0. Team rebounds 5. Totals 23-65 11-19 18 38 61.

Halftime: Augie 34-29. 3s: EC 8-17 (Senette 4-6, Shaffer 2-3, Spencer 1-1, Swanson 1-3, Vaughn 0-1,
KSchwerdtmann 0-2); Augie 4-16 (Etheridge 2-6, Pecora 2-6, Baids 0-1, Boers 0-1, Kerr 0-2). Assists: EC 11 (three with 3); Augie 6 (Pecora 2, Baids 2). Turnovers: EC 16, Augie 15. Blocks: EC 1 (McMahon); Augie 1 (Hicks). Steals: EC 9 (Kschwerdtmann 3); Augie 9 (Hicks 2, Pecora 2).














 




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