With a 94-58 win over Lincoln Trail Wednesday in the regular-season home finale at Spencer Sports, and a little help from Southwestern Illinois, the Wabash Valley College Lady Warriors clinched the championship of the Great Rivers Athletic Conference.
WVC (23-4 overall) finished with a final GRAC mark of 14-2. Southwestern upended Kaskaskia, pinning the third league loss on the Blue Angels, enabling the Lady Warriors to win the title outright.
“I think we came out and set the tempo and pace of the game,” said WVC coach Zach Loll. “Our team played well, getting off to a good start.”
Wabash, ranked 18th in this week’s NJCAA poll, led 50-17 at halftime, and rolled in from there against Lincoln Trail (9-18, 3-12), which struggled from the field, hitting only 21 of 72 shot attempts for 29 percent.
The Lady Warriors could still land the No. 1 seed for the Region 24 tournament next week at Rend Lake College. Saturday’s regular-season finale games remain. WVC is done with GRAC play, and will play a non-conference finale Saturday at Shawnee (1 p.m.).
Andriana Moore led the hosts with 19 points. Tyshee Towner added 12 and D’Nell Greenwell 11 points. Desiree Rhodes led the way on the glass with 13 rebounds.
Lincoln Trail had one player in double figures with 13 points.
Ex-Mt. Carmel player Danielle Nettleton scored three points for LTC, on one 3-point field goal.