The Knox College women’s basketball team lost their last game of the season Saturday to Lake Forest 70-31, but that was not the story of the day. Seniors Jenny Golz, Jenna Finley and Andie Allison played their last game in a Knox uniform Saturday, and they were honored for their contributions to the Knox basketball program before the game.
With family and friends in attendance for their final game, the three seniors laced it up one final time.
Knox played Lake Forest even in the early going and had the game tied at 8-8 after five minutes of play. An eight-minute scoring drought for Knox however made a comeback improbable. Knox trailed 35-12 at halftime. The Prairie Fire played a stronger second half offensively to close the gap slightly, and end on a strong note for the 2007-2008 season.
Finley led the Knox team in scoring in her final game with 11 points while sophomore Erin Navolio also reached double digits with 11 points. Allison had six points in her final game in the purple and gold. Allison and sophomore Kate Moon each had five rebounds to lead the team.
The team’s final 1-15 record does not tell the story of the season. The Knox team snapped their 28 game conference losing streak November 30 with a win against Ripon College, and won more games overall than a year ago. The team also lost one of their leading scorers and leading rebounding presence midway through the season.
The struggles of the team on the court oftentimes have overshadowed the contributions of the three graduating seniors. Allison and Finley have been two-year co-captains and Golz has added leadership during her senior season. The leadership of the seniors has kept the team positive during the tough times and has pushed the program in a positive direction.
The seniors have also put up some gaudy numbers on the court. Golz played in 63 games in her college career, scoring 61 points at the point guard position in addition to grabbing 86 rebounds and dishing out 55 assists.
Finley scored 653 points in her 90 career games while pulling down 234 rebounds and handing out 189 assists. She finished her tenure as the 17th leading scorer in the history of Knox women’s basketball.
Allison finished eighth on the Knox all-time scoring with 833 points, while handling 447 rebounds and blocking 79 shots. Allison also handed out 55 assists over her four years and 85 games at Knox. Allison and Finley are the 52nd and 53rd four-year letter winners for the Knox women’s basketball program.
Tears streamed after the game not only from those stepping off of the hardwood in Memorial Gymnasium for the final time, but from many of those who have seen the seniors grow and contribute so mightily to Knox College over the past four years.
The three players leaving have set a standard for work and passion for the game that will propel the women’s basketball team forward into the 2008-2009 campaign and beyond.