Tue, Feb. 24, 2009 - [Women's Basketball]
Jon Denham, Sports Information Director
February 24, 2009
The Loras College women's basketball team won their seventh game in IIAC Tournament history on Tuesday night in the Athletic and Wellness Center over the Coe College Kohawks. It was also the first IIAC Tournament win of head coach Justin Heinzen's career.
Loras was essentially even with the Kohawks through 20 minutes of basketball on Tueday night and emerged victorious with a late layup after being fouled by junior Mindy Meyer.
Coe was 11-of-27 in the first half, Loras was 11-29. Coe had three different players make three pointers, while Loras was led by Sarah Pillon's seven points on 3-of-4 shooting. Iowa Conference leading scorer Lindsay Bava was held to five points in the first half, but Loras gained the lead on two free throws by Mindy Meyer with under a minute to go in the first half. Meyer would also score the final points of the second half in much more dramatic fashion.
It was back-and-forth over the final 20 minutes as the teams traded baskets. Each team also suffered from long dry spells. From 17:58 left in the game until 12:24 left, Coe was held without a point. Loras made just one basket in a stretch of over eight minutes. The final nine minutes heated up, as the teams traded the lead and battled for the late control of the game.
Lindsay Bava put the Duhawks up 51-50 with a layup with under four minutes remaining. Another dry spell plagued both teams for two and a half minutes until Coe's Sarah Anciaux tied the game at 51-51 with free throw. Only one more basket would be made, and it was Meyer's two points that were the difference.
Coach Heinzen's set play put Meyer on the right block, where she powered her way into position and drew a foul, made her shot, but missed her three point play attempt at the free throw line. After a timtout, the Kohawks had two late chances to make a tying basket, but fell short in each attempt.
With the win, Loras advances to the semifinals, upped their all-time record in the IIAC Tournament to 7-7, and will play in Waverly, Iowa against Wartburg on Thursday night. Tipoff is 7:00 PM.
Loras had two players in double figures - Lindsay Bava (14) and Mindy Meyer (12). Meyer added seven rebounds. Loras also benefited from the second consecutive impressive all-around performance by point guard Lisa Morrissey. The junior scored nine points, dished six assists, had seven rebounds, and added three steals.
Coe's season ends at 14-12. Sarah Anciaux and Devvin Rolston reached double figures for the Kohawks.