Duhawks lock up #4 in IIAC Tournament
Thu, Feb. 17, 2011 - [Women's Basketball]

The Loras College women's basketball team locked up the #4 seed in next week's Iowa Conference tournament on Wednesday night with a 72-67 win over Cornell in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Brit Kent scored 17 points and Melissa Herrmann scored 15 in the win, which earned the Duhawks an opening round home game next Tuesday.

The Duhawks took a slim 37-34 lead into the locker room after the Rams (7-15, 2-13) used the long ball to score 21 of their 34 first half points, going 7-of-12. Caitlin Bisinger and Kathryn Schilling combined to go 5-for-5 and accounted for half of the team's first half points. The Duhawks had an answer, however, with Brit Kent. Kent turned in a perfect 6-for-6 shooting in the first 20 minutes, including 4-of-4 from three point range. She totaled 16 points in 17 minutes, including two of those long distance efforts over the last three minutes of the half. Loras turned the ball over just three times in the first half, and blocked four shots.

In the second half the Duhawks turned to Melissa Herrmann, who was slowed by an injury in the first half, but emerged from the locker room in the second half ready to play. Herrmann went 7-of-12 from the field, blocked four shots, pulled down six rebounds (five offensive) and scored all of her 15 points in the final 20 minutes.

Lindsey LaBadie added 11 points and eight rebounds, and Kelsey James also had eight rebounds. Loras won the rebounding battle 44-33 and blocked a season high eight shots as well.

Loras returns to the Athletics and Wellness Center on Saturday for the regular season finale against the Wartburg College Knights (21-3, 12-3 in IIAC). The game will include a free t-shirt give away, the WBCA Pinkzone 50/50 raffle, and recognition of the women's basketball alumni. Loras' IIAC Tournament game on February 22 will be against either University of Dubuque or Buena Vista. Details will be available on Saturday night at the conclusion of the regular season.

You can follow Saturday's game online at the GameCentral tab of duhawks.com.