The Dominican University men’s basketball program is on it’s first three-game winning streak since the 1998-99 season. The Stars knocked off Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) 89-75 at home on Wednesday and then traveled to St. Louis, and snagged victories at Westminster College 69-63 on Saturday night and Webster University 61-57 on Sunday evening.
Sophomore Derek Pedersen poured in 27 points on 11-for-20 shooting from the field to lift the Stars past IIT. Ocie Peet added 18 points and 15 rebounds for his first double-double of the season while freshman Ivano Clay chipped in 13 points and had five assists in the winning effort.
On Saturday night freshman Mike Haiduc led all scorers with 17 points on 7-for-12 shooting from the field. Haiduc also added five rebounds and three blocks in 21 minutes of action. Clay and sophomore Binyamin Jones rounded out the Stars offensive attack with 15 and 13 points respectively.
The Stars (4-3) then completed the St. Louis swing on Sunday at Webster University. Trailing 40-26 at the end of the first half, the Stars stepped up the defensive intensity in the second half, holding Webster to just 17 second half points and 24 percent shooting from the field.
Women’s basketball: The women’s basketball program fell to 1-5 on the 2004-05 season after dropping three games last week. The Stars averaged 40.3 turnovers during the three-game skid while averaging just 19.0 takeaways.
On Nov. 30, the Stars fell 67-40 at Elmhurst College. The Stars then traveled to Webster University for a tournament on Saturday and Sunday. The Stars fell to the host school 79-55 on Saturday afternoon and then fell to Carroll College 79-45 on Sunday.
Freshman Justine Christian was named to the all-tournament team after pouring in 24 points and grabbing 15 rebounds in the pair of losses.
Seales nails five 3-pointers
Concordia University’s women’s basketball team handed the Illinois Institute of Technology an 80-57 setback on Saturday. Jennifer Seales hit five 3-pointers on the way to a 17-point first half as the two teams blazed away from the outside. The teams went in at halftime ties 38-38, but Concordia’s defense took over in the second half in holding the Scarlet Hawks to 23 percent shooting. Seales’ 22 points led five Cougar players in double figures; joining her were Alissa Johnson (18), Atoi Sinclair (14), Lindsey Seggebruch (14) and Vanessa Acosta (11). Sinclair pulled down a game-high 17 rebounds.
Men’s basketball: Concordia men slipped to 1-4 with a 70-57 loss to the Milwaukee School of Engineering on Nov. 30 at MSOE’s new Kern Center.
Press releases contributed to this report.