Duhawks top Spartans in Key City Clash
Sun, Jan. 26, 2014 - [Women's Basketball]

Loras 72

Dubuque 64

 

The Loras College women's basketball team added another "W" to the win column on Saturday night, this time at the hands of cross-town rival University of Dubuque, 72-64. The win pushed the Duhawks win streak to six and gave them sole possession of first place in the Iowa Conference.

 

The Loras College women's basketball team added another "W" to the win column on Saturday night, this time at the hands of cross-town rival University of Dubuque, 72-64. The win pushed the Duhawks win streak to six and gave them sole possession of first place in the Iowa Conference.

 

After trading baskets to start the game, the Duhawks found themselves trailing 14-13 with 11:49 to go in the first half.  A layup by Victoria May sparked a 10-0 run by the Duhawks giving them a 23-14 lead, forcing the Spartans to call a timeout.

 

Out of the timeout, Dubuque's Meggie Schmidt knocked down a pair of free throws to end the Duhawks run. But Victoria May answered at the other end, sinking two free throws for Loras keeping their nine point lead intact.

 

After a Spartans miss, Kaitlin Phillips pushed the ball up the court and drained a mid-range jumper. Her basket extended the Loras lead to eleven, 27-16, and forced Dubuque to call another timeout.

 

The Spartan timeout didn't slow the momentum of the Duhawks as Kathleen Cabrera found Kaitlin Phillips for a three-pointer making it 30-16.

 

Following the deep three from Phillips, Dubuque rattled off a 10-0 run to pull within four, 30-26, with 3:51 left before halftime.

 

However, Loras held the Spartans scoreless for the remainder of the half and led 37-26 at halftime.

 

The Duhawks came out looking to build on the 5-0 run they closed the first half with going on an 18-9 run to put them up twenty, 55-35, with 12:09 to go.

 

Dubuque would battle back to cut Loras' lead to seven before the Duhawks went on a 7-0 run to give them another fourteen point lead. Loras would close out the game from the free throw line, eventually winning 72-64.

 

The shutdown defense of the Duhawks held the Spartans to some of their lowest shooting percentages of the season as Dubuque shot just 36.8% from the field and 10% from beyond the arc while turning the ball over 11 times.

 

Kaitlin Phillips led the Duhawks with 23 points and 3 assists. Victoria May added 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 assists. Meanwhile, senior Katie Wheeler led the team in rebounds (12) and chipped in 8 points.

 

Jenna Kotas had 19 points for the Spartans.

 

Loras wraps up the first half of Iowa Conference play on Wednesday in Waverly, Iowa. The Duhawks will take on the Knights of Wartburg College at 6:00pm.