Lake Land converted more than 81 percent of its shots in a decisive second quarter Wednesday night that enabled the No. 16 Lakers to upend No. 8 Parkland in a women’s college basketball game in Champaign, 77-50.
Lake Land improves to 11-1 while Parkland is now 10-1.
The Lakers played tough defensively and outplayed Parkland behind the 3-point line, where Lake Land scored 36 points. Parkland missed all nine of its attempts from behind the arc. Lake Land is ranked No. 16 nationally for 3s.
Plus, Lake Land recorded 15 steals and forced 24 turnovers.
“Defensively, we’re pretty strong,” Lake Land coach Dave Johnson said. “We’ve made the adjustments to play better man-to-man. And we have many weapons. Teams can’t key on any one player.”
Ahead 18-13, Lake Land scored quickly to start the second quarter. Arie Sims stole the ball and scored on a layup 17 seconds into the quarter.
The Cobras, though, scored the next four to make it 20-17 with 8:57 remaining in the half.
The Lakers blew the game open across the next six minutes on a 20-5 run capped off by a 3-pointer set up when Kamaria Gant drove the basket and passed it back to Sims.
Sims scored all 11 of her second quarter points during the run that put Lake Land ahead 40-22 lead with 3:51 remaining. The biggest lead of the half would be 25 with 19 seconds remaining.
“It was a combination of 3-pointers and layups,” Johnson said. “We turned them over a lot.”
The first quarter was back and forth with both teams matching small runs. The Lakers would lead most the quarter, and would hold a three-point advantage, 18-13, after the first. Eleven of the 20 points came from freshmen Abby Weis (six points) and Carsyn Fearday (five).
In the first half, the Lakers made 19 of 30 shots, making 63% from the field and 81% in the second quarter. They made eight of 12 from 3-point range.
Weis scored 13 in the first half.
The second half was much slower offensively. The Lakers won the half, 25-20, and padded their lead to as much as 27 after scoring the first five points of the half. Parkland would try to fight back, cutting the lead to its low point of 17 with 1:43 remaining in the quarter on a Bree Trimble 3-pointer. This would prove to be as low as it would get as the Lakers would build the lead back up to 27 by the final buzzer.
Lake Land made 29 of 61 field goals, including 12-29 of 3s for 41%.
Parkland shot 20-49 overall for 41% and 0-9 from three. The Cobras did hold the edge on the boards, 33-26, including 7-3 on offensive rebounds. The Lakers did a good job taking care of the ball, turning it over 12 times compared to the Cobras doing so 24 times.
Weis scored a game-high 16, Sims had 15 and Fearday added 12 points.
Tre’soir Newson scored eight points, grabbed seven rebounds, added six assists, and recorded four steals. Newsom is ranked 13th in the nation in total steals.
The Lakers next play Saturday against host Danville Area Community College for a 1 p.m. matchup.
Lakers 77, Blazers 50