Women’s Basketball has continued to prove itself contenders in conference, with both its wins and losses falling within a 10 point margin. With such close, hard fought games, standouts like sophomore starter Naja Woods are what help tip the scale in Knox’s favor.
Woods topped the scoring chart against Lake Forest College last Friday with an impressive performance, putting up 22 points, well above her game average of 11.6. Woods has proven herself an asset to the team, starting all 20 of the Prairie Fire matches this season.
Woods was aided by the usual suspects, senior Jamie Blue and sophomore Hailey Leinart, each of whom also managed high double-digit figures. Blue had an additional 17 points and 10 rebounds, Leinart with 15 points and senior Jasmine Binion rounding it out with another 10 points.
Trailing after the first half, the team came out strong in the second, beating Lake Forest 78-70, an important win for Knox. Lake Forest is fourth in conference standings, just out of reach of clinching a Midwest Conference Tournament berth, and Knox’s win helped in slowing the Foresters momentum while closing the gap between conference contenders.
Looking forward, the Prairie Fire must continue to upset higher seeded teams in order to make the tournament. Their next game will be against first-in-the-conference St. Norbert College in which there can be no exception.