Spartans return favor, down Duhawks at home
Sat, Feb. 13, 2010 - [Women's Basketball]

The Loras College women's basketball team lost their home game with the University of Dubuque on Saturday afternoon, 68-59. The Spartans did what the Duhawks were able to do back on December 2, 2009, winning on their intracity rivals home floor.

The Duhawks held a small lead throughout the first parts of the first half, but back to back three point field goals by Krystal Parr gave the Spartans their first lead of the game with about 10 minutes to go in the first half. The visitors made five three pointers in the first half total, and built the lead up to as many as nine in the first half before the Duhawks scrapped their way back to get within four late in the period, but Jessica Genke made it six at the intermission with the only basket by either team in the final minute of play.

In the second half, Loras was able to chip into the lead at times, but the visitors were able to keep the host Duhawks off the glass (UD 39, LOR 30 in rebounding) and hold four starters in single digit scoring while building the lead up to 13 at the midway point of the final 20 minutes. Guard Krystal Parr led Dubuque with 19 points and Mollie Whiting finished with 10 off the bench. All but one of Parr's points came via her six made three pointers in nine total attempts from long distance.

Sarah Pillon and Brit Kent each reached double figures for the Duhawks, but with 20 made field goals and a slow night from behind the arc, the Spartans were able to keep the momentum for much of the second half while Loras tried to mount their comeback. Dubuque was able to survive 24 turnovers to earn the win and move to a tie for fourth place in the IIAC. Loras fell to 6-8 in the IIAC and sit sixth in the standings, a place they are mathematically locked into heading into the final two games of the season, meaning they will open IIAC Tournament play at the home court of whichever team finishes in third place.

In addition to the highly spirited basketball game in the Athletic and Wellness Center on Saturday, the Duhawks also hosted their third annual Pinkzone games beginning with their contest against the University of Dubuque. The Duhawks raffled off more than a dozen prizes and raised money for the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund. Loras will continue their fundraising and awareness efforts on February 20. The team also welcomed back their alums to campus with a pick-up game in the morning and a halftime celebration of those who returned.

Loras will head to Waverly to play Wartburg on Wednesday before finishing the regular season with the Luther Norse in the AWC for Senior Day on February 20. Tipoff for Senior Day is 2:00 pm.