Weekly Recap 1-4
Beavers drop two home games on week
Sports Information Staff Report
January 4, 2005
The Bluffton University women's basketball team (3-8) lost two games last week. Bluffton was defeated by Goshen College 68-45 and Adrian College 78-65.
Goshen College 68, Bluffton University 45
The Bluffton University women's basketball (3-7) team lost to Goshen College (8-10) 68-45 on Dec. 29.
Coming out of the gate strong Bluffton kept the score close in the first half as Goshen's
lead did not exceed ten points until the 13 minute mark of the first half. At halftime
the score was Goshen 40, Bluffton 23. Battling back and forth through the remainder
of the contest the Beavers could not overcome the tough Goshen team. For the game
Bluffton shot 29 percent compared to Goshen's 53 percent. Bluffton won the battle
of the boards with 47 rebounds to Goshen's 37.
Leading Bluffton on the afternoon was sophomore Tanya Rickenberg (Paulding/Paulding). Rickenberg posted a season-high 16 points, three rebounds and one steal. Freshman Angie Lee (Mr. Blanchard/Value) rounded out the double digit scoring for the Beavers with 10 points and added three steals. Junior Karin Schaller (Jenera/Arlington) pulled down nine rebounds and added two assists to the Bluffton effort.
Adrian College 78, Bluffton University 65
The Bluffton University women's basketball team (3-8) was defeated 78-65 by Adrian College (3-7) on Dec. 30.
The game was very physical as 62 fouls were committed by both teams. The Beavers posted
34 fouls with Adrian ending the game with 28. Foul shots played a large part in the
contest as 83 total foul shots were attempted by both teams. Bluffton shot 78 percent
from the free throw line (25-of-32) compared to Adrian's 51 percent (26-of-51). Freshman
Amanda Bell (Napoleon/Liberty Center) went 10-for-10 from the charity stripe to tie
the Bluffton University free throw percentage record at 1.00. Bell tied the single
game record which was set in the 1993-94 season by Carrie Parrish who went 14-for-14
against Ohio Wesleyan.
The Beavers led the game early on 8-1 but could not hold on as Adrian went on a seven point run to tie the game at eight all. The Bulldogs led for most of the first half with Bluffton tying the game six times in the first period of play. At halftime the score was Adrian 41, Bluffton 33. The Bulldogs came out of halftime with a renewed energy as they widened their lead by as many as 15 points. Bluffton could not connect with the bucket as they shot 32 percent from the field in the second period. The final outcome would be Adrian 78, Bluffton 65.
Leading Bluffton was sophomore Tanya Rickenberg (Paulding/Paulding) with 17 points and seven rebounds. Bell ended the double figure scoring with 10 points. Junior Karin Schaller (Jenera/Arlington) posted a team-high 10 rebounds and eight points.
Leading the Beavers on the season
Freshman Ashleigh Stallkamp leads Bluffton in scoring with 139 points for the season (12.6 ppg average) and ranks 12th in the HCAC in scoring. Stallkamp also leads the squad in steals with 26 for the year which ranks her at 5th in the conference. Sophomore Tanya Rickenberg leads Bluffton with 26 assists and averages 10.2 points per game (second on team). Rickenberg ranks 11th in the HCAC in assists and is tied for 16th place in scoring. Freshman Lindsay Bush posts a team-high 71 rebounds (27 offensive, 44 defensive) to rank eighth in the conference (6.5 rpg average).
This week for Bluffton University
The women's basketball team will open up their Heartland Conference schedule this week. The Beavers will host Manchester College on Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday the team will travel to Hanover College. Tip off for the game is scheduled for 3 p.m. The Hanover contest will be carried live by 107.1 FM WDOH. You can also access the game at www.wdoh.com.