The College Report: Matoush Hitting Her Stride at Wash-U

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Over time, Sammi Matoush, a Hillsboro graduate, will get more and more used to playing down low, closer to the basket. 

But Washington University students are known to be not only incredible intelligent, but quick learners. The 5-foot-11 junior guard, who has started every game this fall, has helped the Lady Bears win their last four games in a row. Matoush scored in double figures in the first win of the year, an 83-72 triumph over the Illinois Wesleyan University Titans on their home floor.  The game took place in the Midwest Challenge in Bloomington.

“We are playing a really competitive schedule,” said the former Hiltopper. “”We play many teams in the top 25. To get a win over the Titans felt pretty good. Our practices leading up to that first win were different thanthe practices at the beginning of the year. Earning a win over a program with their reputation, definitely increased our confidence and motivated us to work even harder in the succeeding practices.”

In the win over IWU, Matoush scored 13 points by nailing 4-of-6 from the floor, which included a 3-of-4 performance from the beyond the arc, and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe. She also had four rebounds and three assists. She started and played 20 minutes. 

They moved on from the road win to three consecutive home wins at the Field House on the Lady Bears’ campus. They would top University of Wisconsin-Superior (66-55) and Berea College (81-63) at the McWilliams Classic. In the victory over Wisconsin-Superior, Matoush, who started and played 21 minutes, finished with three points, seven rebounds and two steals. Of the rebounds, four were defensive rebounds. She had two rebounds in 13 minutes of play against Berea. 

The junior returned to double figures in the 85-65 home win. She had 14 points, eight defensive rebounds and four assists. Matoush, who drained 5-of-9 from the field and 3-of-4 from the charity stripe, started and played 27 minutes. In eight games, Matoush has 35 rebounds, 26 of which are defensive rebounds. She is third on the team in both defensive rebounds and overall rebounds. Matoush averages 19.8 minutes per game. 

The Lady Bears played four games in 10 days. The are now on an 11-day break and will not play until December 19, when they travel to Decatur to play Millikin University. At that time, they will try to improve on their 4-4 mark, go over .500 for the first time this year and extend their winning streak.

“I have been focusing on what I can control,” said Matoush. “I think that my ability to rebound and the amount of hustle plays that I have had has grown compared to my freshman season. In playing this new wing-post combo position, my confidence continues to grow each day. I am just getting used to playing it. Rebounding does not require much skill, it is mostly about effort.”

Abby Brockmeyer (Lincolnwood) scored 14 points to help Southern Illinois University win their first women’s basketball game of the year, a 78-61 decision over Southeast Missouri State University. Brockmeyer, who drained 7-of-11 from the floor, also grabbed seven rebounds and doled out two assists. The 6-1 forward, who is listed as a graduate student, started and played 34 minutes. 

Alex Bishop (Litchfield) finished 10th at the Kentucky Wesleyan College Fall Invitational. The outing was held at The Pearl Club in Owensboro, Kentucky. The Purdue University-Northwest golfer shot a 148 for 36 holes. He shot a low round of 72 in the second and final round. As a team, PU-Northwest took ninth with a 637. McKendree University won the outing with a 584.

Cara Pence (Litchfield), a North Central University Ram freshman, recently finished her volleyball season. The 5-10 outside hitter finished the season with 40 assists, 12 digs, 11 kills, seven blocks (one solo) and two service aces. North Central finished 10-18 overall and 5-8 in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference. 

Jade Scroggins (Hillsboro), a Hannibal-LaGrange University women’s basketball player, scored seven points in HLG’s 64-55 loss to Park University. In the 65-50 loss to Culver-Stockton College, Scroggins had two points and three steals. She started in both games, playing 19 minutes against Park and 23 minutes against CSC. Hannibal-LaGrange is 0-5 on the young season. 

Trevor Geggie (Litchfield) had one catch for 32 yards for Knox College in their 35-34 loss to Cornell College. 

Raymond Wille (Hillsboro), a Lyon College football player, had two tackles, one of which was a solo, in Lyon’s 30-0 loss to Langston University. 

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