Loras Falls for First Time in IIAC Play
Thu, Feb. 13, 2014 - [Women's Basketball]

Loras 51

Dubuque 57

 

The Duhawks women's basketball team fell to crosstown rival, University of Dubuque, 57-51 on Wednesday night snapping a ten game winning streak.  

 

After a strong start from the Spartans to start the game, Loras fought back to take 16-13 lead. From that point on, the teams traded baskets ultimately heading into halftime knotted at 29. 

With 12:26 to play, the Duhawks held a 40-32 lead, their largest of the game. After holding off a Spartan comeback attempt, Loras held a five point lead with nine minutes to go.

 

As Dubuque continued to struggle from long range their defensive pressure stepped up, forcing the Duhawks into five turnovers in their next six possessions. Plagued by turnovers, Loras found themselves trailing 49-47 with just six minutes remaining.

 

Duhawks head coach Justin Heinzen called a timeout to refocus his team.

 

Out of the timeout, Katie Langmeier made her way to the free throw line to pull the Duhawks within two.

 

On the Spartans ensuing possession, the Duhawks defense forced them to settle for a missed jump shot.

 

On the other end, the Katie Wheeler's three-point attempt fell short but Kaitlin Phillips was able to track down the rebound. Phillips went up strong making the basket and earning an and-one attempt. Phillips' free throw missed the mark and Loras was held scoreless the rest of the game.  

 

Dubuque was able to close the game on 6-0 run to knock off the Duhawks 57-51.

 

Katie Langmeier led the Duhawks with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Victoria May added 10 points and 7 rebounds while Lori Obendorf chipped in 10 points and 6 rebounds.

 

The loss marked the first Iowa Conference loss of the season for Loras and moved them to 15-7, (10-1). Loras holds a one game lead in the conference standings heading into the final week of the regular season schedule.

 

The Duhawks return home on Saturday, February 15th at 2:00 p.m. to take on the Buena Vista Beavers. Saturday's game will also be senior day in which the Duhawks will recognize Katie Langmeier, Lauren Byrne, and Katie Wheeler for their career accomplishments.