Thill Reaches 1,000 Points as Lakeland Buries Marian
Athletics - posted on 1/18/2006
Senior Kristi Thill reached the 1,000-point milestone as the Lakeland women's basketball team beat Marian College, 66-57, on Wednesday night to improve to 8-1 in the Lake Michigan Conference.
Thill reached the plateau with a free throw in the final minute of the game. She finished with a game-high 22 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Her 22 points were exactly enough to become the eighth member of the 1,000-point club in Lakeland women's hoops.
"I didn't think it was going to happen today after we built that lead and we took her out," said head coach April Arvan. "Marian did a great job of battling back, so it worked out that Thill got back on the court and was able to accomplish that at home."
Lakeland's defense held the Sabres to just four-of-22 shooting from the field in the first half to pull ahead 25-12 at the half.
The Muskies built a lead as large as 22 in the second half before Marian clawed its way back, but the final nine-point spread was as close as the Sabres got.
"We played well in the first half and the beginning of the second half to try to pull out a lead," said Arvan, "but Marian did a great job of getting themselves back in it."
"We started a little slow," said Thill about the game, "but we focused on five minutes at a time—five minute breakdowns and just staying on top."
Jenna Boehm added her second double-double of the season, scoring 12 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Beth Porter chipped in with 11 points for Lakeland.
Brittany Perez finished with 16 points and 12 boards for Marian.
Lakeland remains atop the LMC standings with the victory and also improved their overall record to 12-5. They play next on Saturday, Jan. 21 when they travel to Manitowoc to face Silver Lake College. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m.
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