Posted Online: Jan. 23, 2013, 11:18 pm
QC college basketball roundup
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College men's basketball
St. Ambrose 88, AIB 84: Moline alum Justin Blondell kept the Bees (7-13, 2-4) from suffering an embarrassing Midwest Collegiate Conference road loss at winless AIB (0-23, 0-7). Trailing 83-81, the senior canned a 3-pointer for the lead with 34 seconds remaining. Blondell (19 points) also added four charity tosses in the final seven ticks to seal the deal. Backcourt mate Nick Frazier (21 points, 10 rebounds), plus reserves Darren Galloway (20 points, six rebounds) and Sam Ainsworth (20 points) also scored in double figures for SAU. Brandon Eley's 21 points led AIB in a game that featured 15 ties and 21 lead changes.
Grinnell 93, Monmouth 67: Riverdale product Wes DeClercq had a team-best 16 points off the bench, but the Fighting Scots withered on the road against the vaunted "System.'' Grinnell (12-4, 9-3) took 53 shots from 3-point land, making 15 against Monmouth (4-13, 3-9) in Midwest Conference action.
College women's basketball
AIB 70, St. Ambrose 66: Sam Saladino scored a game-high 30 points, yet the Queen Bees suffered a stinging setback on the Midwest Collegiate Conference road in Des Moines. Lauren Cash added 13 points and Katie Jensen chipped in a game-best 14 rebounds SAU (17-4, 4-2 MCC) for SAU, which was rated 18th in this week's NAIA Division II national poll. India Shivers had 13 points to pace AIB (4-16, 2-4 MCC), which never trailed in the second half after leading by 14 points at intermission.
Ill. Wesleyan 82, Augustana 62: The Lady Vikings got as close as five points at intermission only to see a 17-4 second-half run allow Illinois Wesleyan to lead by as many as 25. Gianna Pecora (12 points, game-high five assists), Jessica Baids (12 points) and Molly Etheridge (11 points) scored in double figures for homestanding Augie (6-11, 2-5 CCIW). Katy Seibring's 21 points led Wesleyan (12-6, 5-2 CCIW).