Some things in sports are foregone conclusions.
The latest: Abby Brockmeyer, a Lincolnwood graduate, being named the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Week in the sport of women’s basketball.
The naming of the Southern Illinois University-Carbondale graduate student comes on the heels on her posting a pair of double-doubles and a pair of career highs in games with Eastern Illinois University and Western Illinois University. Both games were held at the Compass Challenge at Western Illinois.
In the 74-66 win over Eastern Illinois, Brockmeyer scored a career-high 34 points by hitting 12-of-18 from the floor and 10-of-14 from the free throw line. She completed the double-double with 16 rebounds and three blocked shots. She started and played 34 minutes.
“That was probably the best game that I have personally had in my career at SIUC,” said Brockmeyer referring to the EIU game. “It seemed like everywhere I went, the ball found me and I was really in the flow of the game. I just think that I had a ton of confidence out there. My teammates did a great job of getting me the ball in a position to score. Most of the credit goes to them for that. It was a fun game.”
One night later, the Saluki player scored 17 points and grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds in the 85-80 loss to Western Illinois. Brockmeyer was on from both the field and the charity stripe posting respective 6-of-12 and 5-of-5 performances. In her 34 minutes of play, the starter also had four assists.
“It seemed like the ball was finding me when I crashed the boards,” said Brockmeyer. “I have been working harder at getting the ball this year. It helped me in both games. Many of my baskets were from me crashing the boards and being in the right place at the right time. I also grabbed the rebound from some of my initial shots.”
Brockmeyer currently has 1,048 points and 756 rebounds. She is currently ranked 18th in total points for a SIUC career. She is also sixth in total rebounds and eighth in rebounds per game at 7.7. A fun fact is that Molly McDowell, a Nokomis graduate, former professional player in Europe and former Lady Saluki, is 10th in points scored with 1,271 points.
“It is extremely special that Molly and I were both able to play Division I basketball and we hail from a county with about 30,000 people,” said Brockmeyer. “It is even cooler to be mentioned in the same sentence as Molly, who was a great player. I love being from here and being able to showcase that small town living and small town sports can produce some superior athletes.”
Alex Bishop (Litchfield) shot 10 rounds and finished with a stroke count of 738. Besides his average of 73.80, garnered in five tournaments, he shot a low round of 70. It was his lowest average of his college career as during his junior year he averaged 75.38 per 18 holes.
Trevor Geggie (Litchfield), a Knox College football player, caught four passes for 59 yards in the game against Monmouth College. With the 38-7 loss to Monmouth, Knox slipped to 3-6 both overall and in the Midwest Conference.
Sammi Matoush (Hillsboro) scored in double figures for Washington University in their 85-65 home victory over Fontbonne University. She had 14 points, eight defensive rebounds and four assists. The starter, who drained 5-of-9 from the field and 3-of-4 from the charity stripe played 27 minutes. The Lady Bears are 4-4 overall and have one more game before Christmas and only two before the calendar flips to 2022.
Jade Scroggins (Hillsboro) scored seven points for Hannibal-LaGrange University in their first win of the year, a 75-24 triumph over Lincoln Christian University. She also had two rebounds and two assists. In HLG’s 72-48 loss to Iowa Wesleyan University, Scroggins had seven points and two assists. She emerged off the bench in both games, playing 21 minutes against Iowa Wesleyan and 13 minutes against Lincoln Christian. HLG is 1-6 overall.
Raymond Wille (Hillsboro) had one assisted tackle as his college team, Lyon College, lost a 55-21 decision to Arizona Christian University. Lyon is 0-6 overall and 0-5 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.
Dan Chamness is a freelance college sports writer. He can be contacted at Dan62801@aol.com.
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