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February 16, 2013

AU women play for pride, seniors

Ravens win basketball finale 75-69

ANDERSON, Ind. — Going into Saturday’s regular-season finale, the Anderson University women’s basketball team knew this was the end of the road.

There were no team or individual records on the line and there was no Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament booth that could be earned with a win. So what would motivate the Ravens in their game against the Mount St. Joseph Lions?

“We played for pride,” said AU coach Marcie Taylor. “We played for our seniors. We played for the love of the game.”

There were four seniors who were honored prior to tipoff as playing their final game in a Ravens’ uniform: Amy and Ashley Wuestefeld, Jami Delagrange and Melissa Stachovic. That quartet combined to score two-thirds of Anderson’s points in a 75-69 victory.

Of that group, Amy Wuestefeld was the leader. She scored 26 points, missing just one field goal attempt and one free throw attempt to go with four rebounds, three assists and one steal.

“Right now I am just filled with happy emotions,” said Amy Wuestefeld. “I’m enjoying everything about it. I really anticipated it would be harder than what it was.”

The Ravens finished with an overall record of 8-17 and 7-11 in the conference. That wasn’t enough to earn a chance to extend the season, but Amy Wuestefeld had this to say about her team. “If we had played two months ago the way we are playing now, then we would have had a chance to play in the tournament. This is such a great team. I’ve enjoyed playing with them.”

Ashley Wuestefeld was nearly as effective Saturday. She scored 15 points with six rebounds, five assists and two steals.

One freshman turned some heads as well in this game. When the Lions remained close in the second half and the Ravens were searching for a way to put them in the rearview mirror, it was Jasper’s Megan Williams who gave the team a boost.

“Megan is good at setting those backscreens,” said Taylor. “When she’s in, our guards get more open shots inside.”

Williams also made a lot of the hustle plays. At 5-foot-8, she led the team with eight rebounds despite playing less than half the game. She also scored six points with two assists and two steals.

The Lions were paced by Tara Dennis with 17 points and 13 rebounds. They finished at 3-22 and 2-16 in league play.

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