Sat, Feb. 8, 2014 - [Women's Basketball]
Kathleen Cabrera and Victoria May came through in the clutch for the Loras College women's basketball team at home on Saturday afternoon. May's late layup forced overtime against Iowa Conference foe Wartburg College and Cabrera's three-pointer in overtime gave the Duhawks their 10th consecutive win.
The Duhawks struggled from the field early, shooting just 31% in the first half. Wartburg shot slightly better (35.5%) out of the gates but failed to capitalize on the slow start of Loras.
Trailing by five with just over a minute and a half until halftime, Victoria May made her way to the hoop for an easy layup swinging the momentum to the Duhawks. A steal by Lauren Byrne led to a three-pointer from freshman Kathleen Cabrera, tying the score at 25. With seconds to go until halftime, Cabrera stole the ball and raced down the court scoring a layup at the buzzer.
The last second shot gave Loras a 28-26 edge at halftime.
Loras came out strong in the second half jumping out to a four point lead, 41-37, before the Knights slowed them down.
Halfway through the second half, Loras trailed 48-44. On their next possession, Katie Wheeler's three point attempt bounced off the rim and Victoria May grabbed the offensive rebound. May kicked it out to Kaitlin Phillips who found Katie Langmeier for the open layup.
After three scoreless minutes, Kailey Kladivo hit a jumper to put the Knights up by four.
On their ensuing possession Terese McMahon tracked down a loose ball and put it back up pulling the Duhawks within two.
Katie Wheeler drew the charge on the defensive end, giving the Duhawks the ball with a chance to tie it up with five and half minutes to go.
The Duhawks inbounded the ball quickly. Lauren Byrne got the ball around midcourt before connecting with Katie Langmeier for a quick layup, tying the game at 50.
It didn't stay tied for long as Wartburg's Chelsey Wedeking hit the Knight's seventh three of the night, giving them a 53-50 edge.
The Knights' run moved to 5-0 after Elisa Bilderback found her way to the basket with 3:12 left in regulation.
Down 55-50, Terese McMahon made her way to the free throw line, jumpstarting a Duhawk run.
After hitting just two of four free throws, Loras trailed 57-53, when freshman Kathleen Cabrera stole the ball from Wartburg's Chelsey Wedeking. Cabrera pushed the ball up the court and drove to the basket before being fouled.
Cabrera stepped to the line with a chance to bring the Duhawks within three. After she knocked down the first, Loras used a timeout. Out of the timeout, Cabrera knocked down the second cutting the Knights' lead to 57-55.
Katie Langmeier took what was initially called a charge before being reverse in favor of the Knights. Loras took a timeout to regroup.
Out of the timeout, the Duhawks tight defense forced Wartburg to take a timeout to avoid a five second call.
With the shot clock winding down, Bobbi Burrows' layup attempt would fall off the rim. Kathleen Cabrera pulled down the rebound for the Duhawks with a chance to tie the game.
Pushing the ball up the floor, the Duhawks worked the ball around with it eventually landing in the hands of Lauren Byrne. The senior passed it into teammate Victoria May for the game tying layup.
Wartburg had an opportunity to win with five seconds left but their attempt at the buzzer failed to fall.
The Knights struck first in overtime as Kladivo sank a long jumper. Senior Katie Wheeler answered quickly for the Duhawks, splitting the lane and laying it in for two.
Wartburg responded with another jump shot before fouling Kaitlin Phillips on her way to the hoop. Phillips knocked a pair of free throws down to tie the game at 61.
Once again, the Knight's answered on the other end taking a 63-61 lead. With the Duhawks unable to score, Wartburg had possession with a chance to increase their lead. The Knights' three point attempt missed and Katie Langmeier pulled down the rebound.
Moving the ball up the court, Victoria May got the ball on the baseline. A few pass fakes allowed May to find Langmeier on the opposite side of the court for a mid-range jump shot.
Tied at 63 with just 58 seconds remaining, the Knights called a timeout. A series of screens opened up Elisa Bilderback for a layup giving Wartburg a two point lead.
Katie Langmeier pulled down her seventh rebound of the game after Bilderback's free throw bounced off the back iron.
Trailing by two, 65-63, with just nine seconds to go Lauren Byrne found Kathleen Cabrera. Without any hesitation, Cabrera spotted up and knocked down the three pointer giving the Duhawks a 66-65 lead.
"She's a playmaker and is very skilled. It's pretty special for a freshman to want the ball late in the game in overtime. She was incredible," Heinzen said of Cabrera.
The 66-65 lead was the Duhawks first lead since 13:51 in the second half. Like the end of regulation, Wartburg attempt at the buzzer rimmed out and the Duhawks escaped with their 10th consecutive victory.
The win is a program best 10th straight and moves Loras to 15-6 (10-0).
Kathleen Cabrera led the Duhawks with 16 points, including the game winning three-pointer. Katie Langmeier added 14 points and a team-high 7 rebounds. Sophomore Kaitlin Phillips added 10 points.
Despite a double-double from Kailey Kladivo (16 points, 11 rebounds), the Duhawks escaped with another Iowa Conference victory.
Next up for the Duhawks is cross-town rival University of Dubuque. Loras travels to Dubuque on Wednesday. Tipoff is set for 6:00 p.m.