Lewis women’s basketball looks to stay hot against USF

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Stay hot: The Lewis women's basketball team will look to improve on its 30-6 all-time mark against the University of St. Francis when it faces the Fighting Saints Wednesday (Dec. 7) night in Romeoville, Ill. - Photo by Steve Woltmann

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Following a brief two-game foray into GLVC play, Lewis women’s hoops (3-4) returns to non-conference play on Thursday when St. Francis (Ill.) (7-2) makes the short trip up Route 53 from Joliet, Ill. for a 7 p.m. start at Neil Carey Arena. The game can be heard on WJOL 1340 AM with Mark Vasko on the call.

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AGAINST THE SAINTS - Lewis is 30-6 all-time against St. Francis. Lewis has won the last five meetings. The last Saints victory came on Jan. 6, 2003 in Joliet when St. Francis won by a 62-49 score.

FORMER FLYER RETURNS - The interim head coach of St. Francis is Brian Michalak. He was the head coach of the Lewis women’s basketball program for nine seasons (1993-2002). He compiled a 117-126 record with an NCAA Tournament appearance in 1997-98. Michalak is currently the head baseball coach for St. Francis.

STEALIN’ - Labrenthia Murdock has a steal in all seven games this season

YOUNG BY THE NUMBERS - Lewis’ six freshmen have combined to play 348 minutes, or 44.7 percent of the available court time. The six have scored 206 points, or 42.4 percent of Lewis’ 486 points.

BOARD MEETING - After being out-rebounded in their opening game at Ferris State, Lewis has won the rebounding battle in their last six games.

FOR 3 - Jamie Johnson has made two or more three-pointers in four games this season.

REINHART FROM THE FLOOR - Jess Reinhart has shot .500 or better from the floor in five of her first six career contests. For the season Reinhart is shooting .509 (29-of-57).

REINHART IN THE SECOND HALF - Of Jess Reinhart’s 49 rebounds, 33 have come in the second half or overtime.

PERFECT FROM BEYOND THE ARC - Lewis made all five of their second half three-point attempts against Southern Indiana on Dec, 1. The last time Lewis made every three-point attempt in a half was when the Flyers drained all five attempts in the first half against Butler on Nov. 21, 2004. Lewis dropped the game at Hinkle Fieldhouse 71-59.

TAKING IT AWAY - The Flyers recorded 20 steals against BYU-Hawaii on Nov. 24th. It was the first time Lewis earned 20 steals in a game since recording 20 at Kentucky Wesleyan on Jan. 20, 2005.

ADDING AN ALL-AMERICAN - The Flyers have added an All-American to their roster. Hannah Koeneman, a 6-2 right-side hitter for the Lewis women’s volleyball team, began practicing with the Flyers this week. She was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America Third Team in late November following a stellar senior season with the Lewis women’s volleyball team. She recorded a team-high 299 kills with 91 blocks for the Flyers in 2011 and helped Lewis to a 25-7 record. She joins the Lewis women’s basketball team with junior eligibility. Koeneman will wear the number 44.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN - Tonight’s game will be Lewis’ final home game for more than a month. Lewis will have a break for finals and the Christmas holiday, and then will play their next four contests away from Neil Carey Arena. Next Friday the Flyers travel to #22 Central Missouri. The Dec. 30 game against #8 Michigan Tech will be played at Portland High School just outside Lansing, Mich. The Flyers then return to conference play with a trip to St. Louis for Maryville and UMSL.