Using a 29-14 advantage in the second and third quarter, Lake Land women’s basketball got back on the winning track with a 73-39 win over Southeastern Illinois on Saturday afternoon in Harrisburg.
The Lakers, who had lost their first game earlier this week, are now 10-1, 5-1 in the GRAC. SE Illinois dropped to 5-7, 2-3.
The Lakers jumped out early, relying on scored by six players in the opening quarter. Tre’soir Newson scored five and Abby Weis had four. A 10-6 second quarter advantage made it 29-18 at halftime.
The Lakers scored the first 13 points of the second half on the way to taking a 42-18 lead midway through the quarter. Lake Land College eventually expanded the lead to 34 points.
Weis scored a team-high 16 points, Carsyn Fearday added 14 and Newson had 13. Arie Sims scored seven of her 11 points in the first half.
Overall, the Lakers hit 27 of 65 their field-goal attempts and 9 of 25 from 3-point range.
Lake Land next travels to Champaign for a Region 24 game against 10th-ranked Parkland College (9-0) at 7:30 p.m.
The Lakers men, meanwhile rallied from an 11-point deficit in the second half, to take a 68-67 lead with six minutes remaining.
But Southeastern Illinois took the lead right back and kept the lead between four to eight points the remainder of the game in the 84-80 loss in Harrisburg.
It was Lake Land’s seventh straight loss, dropping them to 3-10 heading into the break. The Lakers are not off until Jan. 4 when they travel to face Lincoln Land Community College.
Adam Price scored a team-high 22 for Lake Land. Price with 22 points, while Kyron Gaines scored a career-high 18 and Jevon Morris added 15. Price converted all seven of his free-throw attempts, while Gaines went four for five.
Overall, the Lakers hit on 18 of 22 from the free-throw line. SIC hit 22-33 from the line, but, more importantly, outscored the Lakers from 3-point range, 18-6.