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Marion County College Report

Samantha Maines: A Force off the Bench

She is coming off the bench and she does not care. Centralia grad Samantha Maines was one of the secret weapons of Maryville University. After her performance against Eureka College, she is not much of a surprise any longer.

The Maryville junior emerged off the bench and scored a career-high 17 points to help Maryville defeat Eureka 82-55, hitting 6-of-14 from the field and 2-of-3 from the charity stripe. The guard also had four rebounds.

With the Saturday road win, Maryville improved to 15-3 overall and 10-0 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. "I feel like I play much better off the bench," Maines said. "My personal goal is to play more consistently every game. Our goal since the beginning of the year was to win the SLIAC title. We would like win the overall title and then win the tournament title.

“After that, we want to go deeper than the first round of the NCAA Division III playoffs." Maryville ended the month of January with a win as well, dumping Principia College 65-49. Maines finished with six points and three rebounds in 17 minutes of play in that win.

Overall, Maines has played in 16 games and made three starts. She has 116 points and 48 rebounds, respective averages of 7.3 and 3.0 per game. She also has 22 steals and 13 assists. Maines has nailed 43-of-119 field goals and 15-of-23 free throws. She has hit 15 from beyond the arc.

Maryville has cleaned out the SLIAC, beating every other conference foe at least once. They have downed Eureka College and Blackburn College twice and have a 70-game SLIAC winning streak. ...

Southern Illinois University-Carbondale has lost its past three basketball games, falling to University of Evansville (77-67), University of Northern Iowa (64-52) and Bradley University (76-59). Former Salem Wildcats star Ellen Young, a SIUC freshman, scored 10 points in each of the losses to Evansville and Bradley. Against Bradley, she also had four rebounds and two assists. She tallied three assists against Evansville. SIUC is 7-12 overall and 3-6 in the Missouri Valley Conference. ...

The McKendree College Lady Bearcats are 15-8 overall after winning their past four games. Over the past week, they dumped Hannibal LaGrange College (85-61) and William Woods University (86-70). Former Centralia player Julie Garrison, a McKendree junior, had six points in each contest. She had three rebounds and two assists in the win over HLG. She tallied four boards in the other contest. McKendree is 7-1 in the American Midwest Conference. ...

University of Illinois-Springfield's Shana Stein, a Salem grad, scored five points and pulled down two rebounds as UIS topped Missouri Baptist University 76-74. In a 59-57 loss to Williams Baptist University, Stein had six points. The UIS Prairie Stars are 10-14 overall and 4-4 in the American Midwest Conference. ...

Kim Kreke scored four points as her college team, the Air Force Academy, lost a 52-47 battle to Brigham Young University. The former Salem Wildcat also had three rebounds and three assists. The Air Force Academy is 7-12 overall and 1-6 in the Mountain West Conference. ...

Men's Basketball

In the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy believed there was no place like home. Almost 60 years later, the Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Salukis would probably agree wholeheartedly. The Salukis have not lost a home game since the Dec. 28, loss to the nationally-ranked Butler University Bulldogs. Since then, the Salukis have won seven home games.

Their seventh-consecutive home win was an 80-69 triumph over Indiana State. Former Centralia power forward Matt Shaw, a 6-foot-7 SIUC Saluki player, scored 11 points in the win by nailing 3-of-6 from the field and 5-of-6 from the stripe. He also had six rebounds. While the SIUC Salukis were not as fortunate, Shaw had a better game statistically. Shaw had 14 points on four field goals (two treys), two free throws and five boards. SIUC is 12-11 overall and 7-5 in the Missouri Valley Conference.

"Matt has been one of the cornerstones of our program ever since he became a starter during his freshman year," SIUC coach Chris Lowery said. "He's a self-made player who has worked countless hours to become one of the best forwards in the Missouri Valley Conference."...

Centralia grad Andy Jones finished with nine points and two assists to help Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville overcome Missouri-St. Louis 74-55. Jones also tallied three points and three assists in SIUE's 81-62 win over Missouri University of Science and Technology. SIUE is 10-8 overall and 4-7 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. ...

McKendree's Andy Wolff, a Centralia resident and Metro East Lutheran grad, finished with three points, two rebounds and two assists as McKendree downed Hannibal-LaGrange College 63-56. McKendree, who has won their last eight games, is 18-5 overall and a perfect 8-0 in the AMC. They are currently ranked 11th in the latest National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division I poll. ...

Swimming

Over the past two weeks, the Purdue Boilermakers have defeated Michigan State (181-119) and Miami (202-91). In the win over fellow Big 10 team Michigan State, Centralia grad Andrew Langenfeld, a Purdue junior, won the 200-yard butterfly (1:49.54) and 200-yard freestyle (1:21.84). He was also helped the Purdue 200-yard medley relay finish third (1:32.76). He posted two wins against Miami. He won the 50-yard freestyle (20.68) and 200-yard medley relay (1:35.36). ....

Salem grad Holly Hooe competed in three events in a dual meet between Eastern Illinois and Indiana University/Purdue University-Indianapolis. The EIU Lady Panthers senior finished fourth in both the 100-yard breastroke (2:39.28) and 100-yard breastroke (1:14.17). She also took fifth in the 200-yard individual medley, touching the wall at 2:26.71. Eastern Illinois won the team battle by a 165.5-127.5 score. ...

Centralia grad Lindsay Dinkelman, an Illinois State swimmer, won the 200-yard breastroke in a dual meet between the Redbirds and Wisconsin-Green Bay. Dinkelman swam a 2:27.3. She also was a member of the ISU 400-yard medley relay, which finished second in 4:04.21. In the team battle, ISU lost 166.5-133.5. ...

Track & Field

Eastern Illinois freshman Justin Helpingstine cracked the two-minute barrier in the 800-meter run at the Carle/Health Alliance Classic hosted by University of Illinois. Helpingstine crossed the finish line at 1:57.32 to help the Panthers finish third as a team with 113 points. University of Illinois won the team title with 208. ...