The University of Illinois Springfield women's basketball team will continue their season in Kansas City with an important conference matchup against Rockhurst on Wednesday night at 5:15 p.m.
The Prairie Stars had their first home game on Saturday against conference opponent, Southwest Baptist. SBU had a big early advantage, 17-2, but as the Stars began to make shots the lead dwindled. UIS took the lead for good in the final minutes of the first half, after scoring 27 points in the second quarter, taking a three point lead into the intermission. UIS shot 51.8% (29-56) from the field and 47.8% (11-23) from three-point range. Jessenia Lawson made 7-of-11 field goals, totaling 22 points. She also contributed nine rebounds and eight assists. Jazlynn Givens made seven of her eight attempted field goals including two-for-two three-point shooting for 17 total points. Michaela Gibbons also added 13 points of her own. SBU only shot 44.4% (28-63) from the field, but had 44 points off the bench. 23 of those points came from Karlee Holland. Down the stretch, UIS would keep distance between the two with made free-throws, to eventually win 84-76.
The Hawks played their first game of the season on Saturday, where they fell to Northwest Missouri State 57-80. Rockhurst trailed 18-35 at halftime, as the Hawks struggled from the field in the first half. Rockhurst pulled within 14 points in the fourth quarter, but the Bearcats kept the Hawks at a comfortable distance. Keegan Sullivan scored 11 of her team-high 14 points in the fourth quarter. The senior forward also led the Hawks with six rebounds. Ali Kamies posted 11 points and five rebounds. Macie Conway added seven points and four rebounds. Rebeca Garcia also scored seven points. Rockhurst only shot 26.3% (15-57) from the field and 22.2% (2-9) from three-point range.
How to Watch
Every conference game this year will be streamed on GLVCSN under a paywall. The prices are $75 for the whole season and you will be able to watch any women's basketball game on the website. Or, you can pay $10 per game to watch. You are able to follow the live stats of the game here.
The Prairie Stars have three road games next week, Kentucky Wesleyan (11/27), Maryville (11/30), and Missouri S&T (12/2).