Thu, Feb. 10, 2011 - [Women's Basketball]
The Loras College women's basketball team knocked off the Iowa Conference's top team on Wednesday night in the Athletics and Wellness Center, 56-55 thanks in part to the defense over the first seven minutes of the second half, which didn't concede a point to the visitors and opened a 10 point lead.
Three Duhawks reached double figures on the night, led by Lindsey LaBadie's 15 points (6-of-8), Melissa Herrmann's 14 points (7-of-11), and Katie Langmeier's 11 points (3-of-6). LaBadie and Herrmann tied for the team lead with eight rebounds apiece.
The Kohawks opened a nine point lead halfway through the first half, but the Duhawks chipped away and tied the game at 26 with three minutes to go. In the closing moments of the first half, LaBadie converted a three point play to give the Duhawks a brief two point lead before Coe tied things up heading into the locker room, 31-31.
Then, to start the second half on a 10-0 run that included four points each by LaBadie and Langmeier. It also included 0-7 shooting by the visitors and seven turnovers. The Duhawks went on to lead for the first 17+ minutes of the second half before Kayla Lincoln made a three pointer for the Kohawks. Brit Kent made a free throw to cut the Coe lead down to 55-54 and Kayla Waskow missed her shot on the ensuing possession, setting the Duhawks up with the ball down by one point.
After a pair of timeouts to get the look at the basket they were hoping for, Kelly Rogowski took off from the top of the key and drove to the basket, getting an off balance layup from the right side to go down with just 20 seconds remaining. The Kohawks took a timeout of their own and setup Kayla Waskow for a contested short range shot that was too strong and came down to LaBadie on the weak side - allowing the Duhawks to run the final couple of seconds off the clock and hold on for the win.
Rogowski finished with six points and three assists. Loras didn't make a three pointer on Wednesday night, turned it over four fewer times than Coe (20-16), and were +26 in the paint at 36-10.
Loras owns sole possession of fourth place in the IIAC at 8-6 and are back above .500 at 12-11. They have a week off before heading to Cornell for their final road game of 2010-11. The regular season closes on February 19th in the AWC against Wartburg College. That night the Duhawks will be "thinking pink", recognizing alumni, and looking to avenge a 51-45 road loss to the Knights on January 12.