Kohawks knock out Duhawks in IIAC semifinals
Thu, Feb. 24, 2011 - [Women's Basketball]

The Loras College women's basketball team had their season high five game winning streak halted in Cedar Rapids on Thursday night by Coe College, 54-51.

A back and forth first half included an early burst by the Duhawks out of the gates for a 5-0 lead after five minutes of action. The Kohawks answered by chipping away at that early lead for tie scores at 7-7 and 13-13. Coe then opened up a 21-14 lead before the Duhawks closed the first half with a flurry. Kelsey James made Loras' first 3-pointer of the game with a minute to go to cut the Kohawks lead to 25-19. A quick turnover and a missed three by Coe, combined with a quick jumper by Brit Kent in the paint setup the half's final basket. Lindsey LaBadie hustled up the court to drain a running 3-pointer that banked in at the buzzer to move the halftime score to 25-24 in favor of the home team.

Short runs by Coe to start the second half required the Duhawks to quickly answer and tie the game at both 29-29 and 33-33. Then Coe went on what would hold up to be the deciding run of the game.

The Duhawks went cold on the offensive end for a stretch of nearly seven minutes in the middle of the half that led to a 15-1 run by top seeded Kohawks.

Loras chipped away down the stretch, however, cutting the lead to 52-49 with just under a minute remaining. Coe went 2-for-4 from the free throw line over the final minute, but a pair of Kelly Rogowski 3-point efforts missed their mark and LaBadie scored the game's final basket as time expired.

LaBadie's layup earned her game high honors, and pushed her to her career high of 20 points. She also pulled down nine rebounds and added two steals. Melissa Herrmann added eight points and five rebounds. Kent and Rogowski each finished with six.

The Duhawks won five of their last six games to move from 10-11, 6-6 to their final spot. Loras season ended at 15-12, after a 10-6 year in the Iowa Conference and their second straight appearance in the IIAC Tournament semifinals.

There are no seniors departing the 2010-11 roster for the Duhawks.

"It is always tough to have a season come to an end, but I am also happy about other things," head coach Justin Heinzen said. "We were playing our best basketball at the end of the season, beat a top-25 team, and put together a nice winning streak."