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Bradley women’s team breaks ISU streak

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KATIE YOHN ’13 goes up for a three-pointer during Bradley’s 78-52 victory over Evansville on January 31. Yohn became the school’s career leader in three-pointers this season. Photo by Duane Zehr.

Highlighted by a last-minute 71-69 home victory over Illinois State in the next-to-last regular-season game, the Bradley women’s basketball team ended its season with a 14-16 overall record and finished 8-10 for sixth place in the Missouri Valley Conference. 

At the MVC Tournament, Bradley lost 59-48 to I-74 rival Illinois State in the opening round. Before the tournament, the MVC named Bradley’s KATIE YOHN ’13 a second-team all-conference player. She was selected an honorable mention all-MVC player her freshman and sophomore seasons.

The conference recognized four Bradley players as Scholar-Athletes. Yohn was named to the first-team Scholar-Athlete squad while redshirt junior CATIE O’LEARY ’13 and MICHELLE YOUNG ’15 won second-team honors. KELSEY BUDD ’14 earned honorable mention recognition. 

“We’ve made some significant strides,” said head coach Michael Brooks, who took over the program this season. “But we’re not where we want to be because we don’t have the [championship] banners hanging in the gym. We want to be in the top four. That’s the next step.”

In the Illinois State game at the Renaissance Coliseum, a last-second layup by Young gave Bradley its first victory in 16 games against the Redbirds. 

Bradley was ranked seventh in the nation in free throw percentage through early March, paced by O’Leary, who was 29th nationally. 

This season, Yohn became Bradley’s career leader for three-pointers and eighth on the team’s all-time scoring list. She is the only player in MVC history with 1,300 points, 200 three-pointers, 450 rebounds, 250 assists, 80 blocks, and 175 steals in a career. “Katie Yohn has showcased her abilities on a regular basis,” Brooks said.

He credited Yohn and fellow senior BROOKE BISPING ’13 for their leadership during the season. “The seniors have been through a lot of trials and tribulations,” he said. “This year, they’ve been a catalyst for change.” 

– Bob Grimson ’81