Mon, Nov. 18, 2013 - [Women's Basketball]
The Duhawk women's basketball team opened the 2013-14 season with back-to-back wins and a first place finish at the Edgewood College Tipoff Classic in Madison, Wisconsin this past weekend.
On Saturday night, the Duhawks opened the season against the Eagles of Edgewood College. Despite a strong effort by Edgewood's Rachel Pope (29 points, four rebounds, and two steals), Loras won 80-67.
Early in the game, the Eagles and Duhawks traded baskets before the Eagles closed the first half with a 36-33 lead. In the second half the Duhawks fought back to tie the game at 40 before going on a 12-4 run. From that point on Loras never looked back, ultimately winning 80-67.
It was the speed, athleticism, and defensive focus that put the Duhawks in a position to open the season with a win. The Duhawks turned defense into offense turning 23 Eagles turnovers into 28 points.
The Duhawks were led by seniors Lauren Byrne (17 points, six rebounds, 2 steals, and an assist) and Katie Langmeier (12 points, 13 rebounds, and four steals) but used a balanced attack to overcome Edgewood.
Freshmen Kathleen Cabrera and Lori Obendorf played well in their Duhawk debuts. Cabrera had a balanced game with 13 points, seven rebounds, seven assists, and five steals and proved to be a great facilitator in the Duhawks' offense. Obendorf used her size and strength to make the most of her minutes off the bench. The Naperville, Illinois native pulled down nine rebounds and tallied 13 points in 18 minutes of action.
In their second game of the Edgewood College Tipoff Classic, the Duhawks battled tri-state neighbor UW-Platteville.
Loras never trailed in the contest, jumping out to a 20-9 lead early in route to a 65-51 win over the Pioneers. It was the Duhawks' third straight win over the Pioneers in as many years.
A trio of seniors paced the Duhawks. Katie Langmeier scored a game-high 16 points to go along with 10 rebounds, two blocks, and two steals. Langmeier shot 88% from the field on her way to her second straight double-double to start the season. Lauren Byrne added 11 points and teammate Katie Wheeler had 10 points, six rebounds and five steals for the Duhawks.
The Duhawks closed out the Edgewood College Tipoff Classic in first place going 2-0 on the weekend while shooting 43% from the field and out-rebounding opponents 98-61.
Head coach Justin Heinzen was happy with his team's effort.
"I was happy with our energy all weekend and thought we grew as a team a bit in terms of toughness and adapting to a little adversity," he said.
"We have a lot of work to do and will certainly be challenged to grow in the upcoming weeks," Heinzen added.
Next up for the Duhawks is St. Norbert College. Heinzen knows the Green Knights will be a test for his team coming off a successful opening weekend.
"St. Norbert is very good defensively and will match our depth. We'll have to do a great job handling their pressure and continue to win the rebounding battle if we want to be successful," he said.
The Duhawks take on St. Norbert College at home on Wednesday, November 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the Athletic and Wellness Center.