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Kikendall helps Purdue Northwest handle Northwood

By KRIS MILLS - kmills@shelbynews.com

Michaela Kikendall, a Morristown graduate, scored 15 points off the bench to lead her team in scoring on Jan. 6. Kikendall and the Purdue Northwest basketball team fell to Northwood 91-66, but the junior guard was excellent off the bench.

Kikendall finished 5 of 10 from the field, including a 4 of 8 effort from deep, and added a team-high four assists. She played 19 minutes.

For the season, Kikendall is averaging 6.7 points and 1.4 rebounds and leads the team with 17 made threes. She is fourth on the team in scoring in just 21 minutes per game. In a scoring role off the bench, she is third on the team in shots per game at 8.5.

Purdue Northwest is 2-10 overall.

Annie Thomas

Annie Thomas, a Southwestern graduate, and the IU Southeast basketball team led by as many as 16 points in the opening half but could not hang on as the University of Rio Grande defeated the Grenadiers, 76-73, on Jan. 6.

Thomas, a senior guard, had 10 points in the loss.

The Grenadiers (9-6) shot 53 percent from the field in the first half and were 6 of 7 from behind the arc. The largest lead for IU Southeast was 41-25 and the Grenadiers led 43-32 at halftime.

IU Southeast forced 11 turnovers in the first half and held the RedStorm to 35 percent shooting from the field.

The roles were reversed in the second half as Rio Grande caught fire offensively. The RedStorm outscored the Grenadiers 44-30 and shot 58 percent from the field.

One game before on Jan. 4, IU Southeast used a dominant second half performance to defeat West Virginia Tech, 80-54, giving head coach Robin Farris his 500th career win. 

Thomas had a team-high 18 points in the win.

Franklin College

Riley Achenbach, a Shelbyville graduate, and Isabella Ratliff, a Triton Central graduate, combined for nine points for Franklin College in a 58-51 loss to Mt. St. Joseph on Jan. 6.

Achenbach started the game (39 minutes) and scored four points. The senior added three assists, two rebounds and a steal.

Ratliff, a freshman, scored five points in 20 minutes off the bench. She also added three rebounds, two assists and two steals in the loss. Franklin College is 3-9 this season.

Kris Mills is the Sports editor of The Shelbyville News. Follow Kris on Twitter @KrisMills37.