When the coach says everyone was on the same page it was probably a good game.
“The Beloit game was the first time this season where I think everyone understood the pace we needed to play at for the entire game,” women’s basketball coach Emily Cline said of her team’s performance last Friday Jan. 13.
The Prairie Fire hammered the Buccaneers to the tune of 102-82, in what was Knox’s most complete game of the season.
Knox dominated in nearly every aspect of the game, forcing 18 more turnovers and making 11 more three pointers in addition to eight more free throws.
Five different players scored in double digits for the Prairie Fire, including senior Kelly Ricketts who put up 18 points on eight of 15 shooting.
“I think our success really came from the fact that everybody got involved. Not just the guards or not just the forwards,” Ricketts said. “The pace of the game finally went our way. I know [senior Krystyna Williams] and [sophomore Grace Theisen] got a few fast-break layups.”
Williams and Theisen each put up 15 points, earning the trio of players high marks from Cline.
“I thought all three of those kids played extremely well especially Grace, who had a breakout game. Just a great job running the floor,” she said.
Knox also got solid performances from three freshmen guards. Brittney Price (11 points), Becky Duffy (eight points, 8 assists) and Jodi Marver (10 points), combined to turn the ball over just one time, an impressive feat considering the pace with which the Prairie Fire play.
“With our style it’s definitely hard to play fast but also play safe with the ball,” Marver said. “I think in the Beloit game we really did well on playing fast, but also taking our time with passes.”
Marver has scored at least ten point in each of the past five games, something which she credits to hard work and increased minutes.
“I’m definitely getting more comfortable playing this style of offense,” she said. “Coach has given me the opportunity to play more, to start games and I want to keep it going that way. Coach has said a lot about consistency, that it is hard to play people if they score 15 in one game and two in the next game, and focusing on that it was I have tried to do in the last few games.”
This Friday, Dec. 20 Knox (2-12, 2-6 MWC) looks to exact revenge on Lawrence (1-12, 1-7 MWC) which took down the Prairie Fire by four points in December, before playing Beloit again on Saturday.
“It’s a big weekend for us, if we get these two wins that will give us four in the conference, which puts us in the middle of the pack,” Ricketts said.
“We just need to maintain our pace, that is always my focus, and when we do that we are successful,” Cline said.