Wed, Jan. 1, 2014 - [Women's Basketball]
The Loras College women's basketball team closed the book on 2013 with a road win and home loss to CCIW foes. On December 28, the team took down Elmhurst and on New Year's Eve, the #15 Wheaton Thunder claimed victory in the AWC.
Against the Blue Jays, Loras opened a ten point lead in the first seven minutes thanks to baskets from five different players. The hosts answered with a fast-paced 11-0 run to take an 18-17 lead. The Duhawks eventually opened up another nine point lead before halftime. Elmhurst made the final two baskets of the first half to close their deficit to 42-37.
Things were relatively even over the second half, as each team knocked down 12 field goals and shot well from long distance. Loras struggled from the free throw line in the second half, but did enough thanks to Victoria May's 5-for-6 second half and nine points from Kaitlin Phillips.
Phillips scored Loras' final two points from the free throw line, and tied for game high scoring honors with 19 points on 6-for-8 shooting. May was an impressive 7-for-11 for 14 points and she added six rebounds. Kathleen Cabrera also reached double figures and Katie Langmeier posted yet another double-double, scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
The victory returned the Duhawks back above the .500 mark.
#15 Wheaton, 76
The Duhawks were sent back to .500 three days later by the nationally ranked Thunder from Wheaton College. Loras opened the early lead in the AWC, but the final five minutes of the first half saw the Thunder outscore Loras 10-4 and extend their lead to 10 points at the break.
The second half saw the teams each score 36 points. Loras improved at the free throw line in the second half and shrunk the Wheaton lead to just two points when Kaitlin Phillips made a three-pointer with 11 minutes to play. In the end, Loras wasn't able to complete the comeback as the visitors extended their lead and improved to 9-1.
Katie Langmeier once again filled up the stats sheet. She scored a game high 21 points and added 14 rebounds, adding a block, two assists, and three steals. Victoria May also logged a double-double, scoring 12 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Cabrera knocked down three long-range shots and finished with 13 points. Katie Wheeler also scored 10.
The team will be at University of Chicago on January 4 for a 1:00 PM tipoff.