Westerwinds build up steam in Mid-Con

Dennis Coyle

The Westerwind basketball is rolling through its early Mid-Continent Conference competition. After a win over UMKC Saturday, 80-65, the ‘Winds have won their third-straight conference game to improve to 3-0 in the Mid-Con and 9-5 overall.Senior forward Rhonda Gondringer scored her third-straight game-high of 25 points to lead WIU over the Kangaroos (6-8, 2-2).

Three other players broke double digits. Freshman forward Becky Tyo and senior guard Tiffani Morrison had 13 apiece and junior guard Doshia Woods followed with 12.

Tyo was able to record her second double-double of the season with the addition of her 10 rebounds.

Last Thursday WIU had another commanding victory; this one was over Oral Roberts University, 74-61.

Gondringer’s game-high 16 points and Tyo’s first double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds paced the ‘Winds.

WIU held to just a 33-31 halftime lead and were able to build off the efforts of Woods. Woods hit a three-pointer with 7:50 remaining to break the Golden Eagles’ backs.

WIU defeated Chicago State University, 66-50, to open its conference play.

Gondringer’s game-high 20 points combined with 32 CSU turnovers were enough to build on a 27-23 halftime lead.

Every player on the roster contributed to WIU’s cause offensively. The complete team effort led to the ‘Winds’ matching last season’s win total in just the 12th game of the year.

On Dec. 28 and 29, WIU lost two games in the Louisville Tournament. Despite sophomore center LaKisha Hoffman’s game-high 15 points and 13 rebounds, the ‘Winds fell short to Louisville University, 55-51 Tuesday.

On Wednesday, the ‘Necks fell to Marshall University, 67-57.

Gondringer scored 14 points and Hoffman added 12, but the ‘Winds were unable to recover from a halftime deficit of 38-29.

Gondringer hit her season-high 29 points to lead WIU’s 66-60 win over Eastern Illinois University and to the ‘Winds’ third straight win.

Gondringer shot 50 percent for the field and had 18 of her total 29 in the second half. She also scored 15 consecutive points and WIU’s last 16 of 17.