The men's and women's basketball teams each earned impressive Senior
Day victories over their opponents from Emmaus Bible College. In
between games, there were three new inductees into the school's
Athletic Hall of Fame.
The men's team won by a final score of 74-37, behind the hot
shooting of senior guard and Olympia High School graduate Brady
Cremeens scored 24 points, including six 3-pointers, in his final
regular game for the Red Lions. The 3-point barrage added to a
career total that may put him in consideration for a Hall of Fame
induction some day. Cremeens is the school's all-time leader in
3-point field goals.
LCU coach Davis Hodam was pleased to see Cremeens perform well on
"Obviously, Brady Cremeens will be missed," said Hodam. "He's one
of those guys, you can't replace his competitive edge, his desire to
be the best at all times and his ability to score the ball. You
can't duplicate that with just anybody. Tonight was just one of many
steps along the way for him in his career here."
The Red Lions took control of the game from the start, jumping
out to a 13-0 lead in the first four minutes behind 3-pointers from
Cremeens, Collin Mattingly and Nathan Pelehowski. Another Cremeens
trey at the halftime buzzer gave LCU a 34-19 advantage going into
halftime. Emmaus would never threaten the Red Lions' lead in the
Hodam credited the fast start to the intensity of his starting
lineup, comprised entirely of players in their final season in the
"I give credit to our seniors for that," said Hodam. "We started
four seniors and another player who is leaving the program. I think
we went on emotion and passion. We just wanted to take advantage of
that opportunity. I credit that to them. They played wonderful
together, with a lot of emotion and energy. They get all the credit.
"All of those guys who hit shots, they're shooters. So it didn't
surprise me at all that we hit those first couple of shots."
In addition to Cremeens' scoring totals, the Red Lions got 14
points from freshman AJ Kuhn and eight points from senior Nick
The entire roster saw playing time in Saturday's contest, which
was pleasing to Hodam.
"It's a good way to end the regular season, knowing that we have
a tough regional game coming up," said Hodam. "It's great to give
the guys a reward for all the hard work in practice. We have 15 guys
who deserve all the playing time I can give them. I wish I could
give them all more.
"To be able to finish strong, with a nice victory that gets
everybody a chance to play, that was very important."
Kirkpatrick, Carson lead Lady Red Lions
The LCU women's team defeated Emmaus Bible College 51-37 to open
The Lady Red Lions were led by 23 points and 12 rebounds from
Mariah Kirkpatrick and a triple-double from Alicia Carson, who
finished with 12 points, 10 blocks and 24 rebounds.
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The win came in the absence of leading scorer Tatiana Colclasure,
who missed Saturday's game with concussion symptoms.
"Wednesday when we played at Eureka, Tatiana Colclasure got a
concussion in that game," said LCU coach Amanda Bowman. "So she was
not allowed to play today because she still has a little bit of a
headache. We anticipate that by Monday or Tuesday, she could be
In Coclasure's absence, Bowman said she counted on other players
to step up, along with greater intensity on the defensive end.
"They stepped up pretty well, which I expected them to do," said
Bowman. "We had some girls who don't normally play as much as they
did today, they stepped up. We just had to contain them more, and
we've got to be able to make up for the scoring without Tatiana."
Bowman said the win has been part of a trend of improved play in
the spring semester, which has the coach feeling optimistic heading
into the regional tournament.
"We play in the regional tournament this coming weekend. We are
ranked No. 5 out of six teams," said Bowman. "We lost a couple of
tough ones to the No. 2 seed and No. 4 seed. But we've come a long
way since the first semester. We have had some really good chemistry
here of late, and I think as long as we've got everybody back
healthy, we'll do pretty good in the regional tournament."
Robbins, Crawford, '03 volleyball team inducted into Hall of Fame
In between games, fans were treated to a ceremony recognizing the
accomplishments of a former player, former coach and a national
Brittany Robbins, Ken Crawford and the 2003 national champion
volleyball team were each inducted into Lincoln Christian
University's Athletic Hall of Fame.
Robbins, an LCHS graduate, was inducted for her excellence in
women's basketball. She is the school's career scoring leader with
2,396 career points. She was a two-time first-team all-American and
led the program to a Final Four appearance as a senior in 2004.
Crawford was the head volleyball coach from 1991 to 2006. During
that span, Crawford took the program to nationals 11 times,
including five Final Four appearances and two national
championships, in 1998 and 2003. Crawford finished with a record of
452-196 in his career.
The 2003 volleyball team is the most recent athletic team from
Lincoln Christian University to win a national championship. The
team finished their season with a record of 36-4. Team members were
Abbie Cole, Amanda Cole, Lauren Cox, Mindy Crawford, Katie Geisler,
Bethany Harris, Amanda Healey, Leslie Johnson, Kari McFadden, Jeni
McLaughlin, Sarah Nichols, Christen O'Malley, Jennifer Shurtz,
Stephanie Williams and Christian Wright.
[By JUSTIN TIERNEY]