Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Area colleges: Bergerud lifts Stars in women's basketball

Freshman Megan Bergerud scored a career-high 18 points and the University of Illinois Springfield Prairie Stars defeated the Blackburn Beavers 76-61 Monday at The Recreation and Athletic Center.

Bergerud finished 9 of 11 at the free-throw line and grabbed seven rebounds. Junior Bailey Beale poured in 17 points and four 3-pointers, and Paulina Pogorzelski chipped in 14 points on 7 of 11 shooting for UIS. Alex Blair made a pair of 3s and finished with 12 points for the Stars, and Mallory Beck pulled down 10 rebounds.

UIS never trailed, taking an early 11-point lead. The Stars closed the first half on an 11-5 run with Beale scoring eight points during the spurt. UIS shot 63.3 percent (19-for-30) in the first half, but cooled down in the second, making 7 of 25 (.280) shots. The Stars made 16 of 21 foul shots (.762) while the Beavers struggled, hitting 19 of 35 (.543).

Sierra Shipley and Kariann Hill combined for five 3s and each scored 18 points to lead Blackburn (0-5).

The win was featured in a November 30, 2010, article in The State Journal-Register.

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