Duhawks win fourth in a row, pull away late in second half against Wartburg
Mon, Feb. 21, 2011 - [Women's Basketball]

The Loras College women's basketball team knew they were going to be the #4 seed in this week's Iowa Conference tournament heading into Saturday afternoon's regular season finale with (already #3) Wartburg. But they also knew that they were playing their best basketball of the season and wanted to avenge an earlier loss to the Knights in Waverly when they held a halftime lead.

So with only their February 22 opponent yet to be determined and down by three points at halftime, Loras promptly dropped 42 points on Wartburg in the second half and walked away extending their season-best winning streak to four games.

Katie Langmeier led the second half push into the win column by going 4-of-4 from the field and 2-of-2 from the free throw line and scoring 10 second half points to go with her seven in the first half. She led all scorers with 17 points, adding five rebounds, two steals, a block and an assist during her 23 minutes. Niki Rivera added 14 points, making 4-of-9 three pointers - adding two steals and two assists of her own.

Four other players scored eight points or more for the Duhawks. Loras scored 22 points off 19 Wartburg turnovers and turned it over just 11 times themselves.

The Knights' fate was sealed over the final 90 seconds when Rivera and Kelly Rogowski knocked down threes and the Duhawks shot a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line, conceding just two free throws on the other end of the floor, making the run 12-2 to close out the regular season finale.

Loras will face #5 seed Buena Vista in the Athletics and Wellness Center on Tuesday night. Tipoff is 7:00 PM. During the regular season, each team won on the others' home court. Buena Vista had a huge first half on January 5th to win the game in Dubuque. Two weeks ago in the makeup game from the early February blizzard in Storm Lake, the Duhawks prevailed 70-57 thanks to 16 points and nine rebounds from LaBadie and seven points and 14 rebounds from Langmeier, as well as four three pointers from Niki Rivera.

Loras and Buena Vista haven't met in the IIAC Tournament since the 2003-04 semifinals when the Beavers were the #1 seed. The Beavers won the game 69-58 and went on to win the tournament - a year after the Duhawks had won the tournament in 2002-03.