Teams get back on the right track

U-News Staff

The men’s and women’s basketball teams both showed signs of breaking out of prolonged dry spells with victories over Summit League rival Fort Wayne.

The men concluded a successful three-game road swing with a 63-59 victory at Fort Wayne, Ind., on Saturday.
In his second game back from injury, Trinity Hall hit two free throws with 14 seconds left to put the Roos ahead by four points and assure the win. Two victories on their trip boosted the Roos’ record to 6-14, including 3-5 in the Summit League.

The Roos decisively turned up their defensive pressure by holding the Mastodons without a field goal for the final 5:15. With the score tied at 59, but Fred Chatmon hit a layup with 3:25 left to give Kansas City the lead for good.  Sophomore point guard Estan Tyler, with 19 points, led the Roos in scoring for the third straight game.

Junior Eilise O’Connor scored a career-high 34 points, including a school record 17-of-18 free throws, to lead the women to a 77-59 win over Fort Wayne on Saturday at Swinney Recreation Center. The women also have won two of their last three games and now stand 6-13, including 2-4 in the league.

“I had no idea about the school record for free throws, but that’s a pretty cool achievement,” O’Connor said.  “I’m just honored that my team trusts me to step up and the knock those free throws down.  Career-highs are fun accomplishments as well, but the most exhilarating feeling is getting a huge team win against a very solid team.”

The men next face Houston Baptist tonight at 7:05 in Swinney Recreation Center. The women travel to Indianapolis to face IUPUI on Thursday at 6 p.m.

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