Siloam Springs, Ark. (November 10, 2001) - This weekend the JBU women’s basketball team hosted the JBU Golden Eagles Classic, and went 2-0 in its first two home games of the season. The JBU women now own a record of 3-1.
Competition for the women began Friday night against Rhema College. JBU owned the game from the outset. Ahead by 24 points at halftime, the Golden Eagles won the game 84-51.
“[The win] feels good,” head coach Jeff Soderquist said. “We came out with good defensive pressure and got at them from the start. That was key.”
JBU was led in scoring by junior post Katie Elliot, who scored 19 points while not missing from behind the arc or at the line, and sophomore forward Bethany Sites, who scored 17 points in eighteen and a half minutes off the bench. Also posting double digits in the scoring column were freshman forward Miranda Allen with 11 points and senior post La Tasha Wilson with 10 points in just twelve and a half minutes of playing time. Both Allen and Wilson came off the bench for the Golden Eagles.
In fact, of the 84 points JBU scored, 47 were from players who started the game on the bench. “[Bench production] is going to be characteristic of this team,” Bostwick said. “We play 10 players, all of whom could average double figures on any given night.”
Elliot finished with a team-high, nine rebounds. Senior forward Sophie Voordeckers contributed a solid performance as well. She grabbed seven rebounds and led the team with six assists and three blocked shots.
The second game of the Classic on Saturday saw JBU pull out a win against a gritty Lyon College team. It appeared in the beginning that JBU would have an easy go with things, jumping out to a quick eight point lead, but Lyon found its touch and inched back into the game. In the end though, the lead was too much for Lyon and the Golden Eagles won 63-56.
The scoring was balanced for the Golden Eagles. All nine players that Soderquist put in scored. Junior guard Laura Keeling led the way with ten points, the only JBU player to reach double figures. Senior forward Sophie Voordeckers and sophomore forward Bethany Sites each had nine points, while junior Katie Elliot contributed eight points to the mix. Elliot and Voordeckers both grabbed ten rebounds.
One of the keys to winning the game Soderquist mentioned was by neutralizing forward Melissa Allen from Lyon. He recognized that she might present some match-up problems, but he was confident his team could keep her from scoring. He was right. The Golden Eagles forced Allen into shooting a dismal 2 for 21 from the field and 1 for 14 from behind the arc.
Up next for the JBU women is the Lyon College Classic on Nov. 16-17 where the Golden Eagles will face Harding University and Arkansas Baptist College.