Stormy Thursday
Fri, Feb. 26, 2010 - [Women's Basketball]

The Loras College women's basketball team ended their 2009-10 season in Indianola, Iowa with a 75-59 loss to the Simpson College Storm on Thursday. The home team jumped out to an early lead and kept it until the final buzzer sounded, ending Loras' season at 13-14.

After missing their opening shot on the game's first possession, the Storm rattled off five straight baskets to take a 14-4 lead after four minutes of game time. Simpson made a total of four shots from long distance on their way to extending the lead to 19-4.

While the Duhawks struggled on the offensive end to get into a rhythm and keep pace, the Storm continued to extend the first half lead. It was as much as 22 in the early going before Loras closed the gap going into halftime. The Duhawks actually closed the half on a 19-8 run to make it 38-28 as the teams went to the locker room. Simpson shot 50% in the first half to the Duhawks' 29%.

Simpson's lead was down to nine after a Melissa Herrmann layup early in the second half, but the Storm pushed it back to 16 pretty quickly after yet another three pointer. Simpson used 25 second half free throw attempts to help keep the Duhawks at a safe distance down the stretch, converting 18 of them.

The Duhawks were led by senior Lindsay Bava's 25 points on Thursday. Bava score 21 of her 25 in the second half, including the team's final 14 points over the game's final five minutes. Part of that run had the Simpson lead down to 11 with four minutes to go, but the Storm proved too much too handle on their home floor. Alex Hudson added a double-double, scoring 10 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. Herrmann had six points, eight rebounds, and five blocks. Bava added seven rebounds to her line.

Four players scored in double figures for the Storm, but none had more than 12 points. Stacey Schutjer scored 11 points and had 14 rebounds to lead the tournament's #2 seed.

The Duhawks say goodbye to three seniors as a result of the loss. Lindsay Bava, Mackenzie Roth, and Lisa Morrissey each wrapped up their careers this season. Roth was a co-captain of the team for two years. Morrissey leaves #2 on both the career steals and assists lists. Bava is the fourth best scorer in program history with 1,482 points and also the program's best free throw shooter. She's also in the top five in three point field goals made.