#6 Bears, bench rally to take seesaw win from Duhawks
Fri, Dec. 9, 2011 - [Women's Basketball]

Washtington 55, Loras 50

 

by Jack Metz for the Sports Information Office

 

Despite carrying a lead into halftime, the Loras women's basketball team let victory out of their grasps against tenth ranked Washington University in St. Louis at the AWC on Friday night.

 

The Duhawks shot 48 percent from the field in the first half and had their biggest lead up 39-29 with 15:13 left in the second half.

 

Loras was just 8-of-22 from the field in the second half, and with a spark from their bench, the Bears rallied to fight back and secure victory late, winning 55-50.

 

After the first bucket of the game going to the Bears, the Duhawks went on a 9-0 run and did not look back in the first half, holding the lead the remainder of the half. Junior Kelly Rogowski lead the way with with 12 points in the first half, six other Duhawks also tallied at least two points in the first half.

 

The story of the night, however, was the Bears bench performance which outscored the Duhawks 28-14, with 26 of the points coming in the second half. Senior Claire Schaeperkoetter and junior Annie Sayers, who scored the final 19 points for the Bears, finished with 11 and 12 points total in the game.

 

Loras held the lead for the last time at 50-49 late in the second half, but then Schaeperkoetter gave the Bears the lead for good with a basket at the 2:10 mark. After another two-pointer by the Bears the Duhawks had their best chance to tie it up on a three-pointer from the hot hand of Kelly Rogowski, but it rolled off the rim with under 20 seconds left and all the Bears had to do was sink two free-throws to improve their record to 7-1 on the season.

 

The Duhawks struggled turning the ball over in the game, giving the ball up 24 times with the Bears taking advantage by scoring 15 points. Loras falls below .500 with the loss at 4-5.

 

Loras out-rebounded the Bears 35-31, with a team-high nine by sophomore Katie Langmeier. The Duhawks also edged out the bears 18-12 down low in the paint.

 

Top scorers for the Duhawks included Rogowski's 15 points, followed by senior Lindsey LaBadie with 8, junior Brit Kent with 7, junior Katie Wheeler with 5, and three Duhawks with 4 points.

 

The Duhawks continue their schedule through winter break with games Dec. 17 at Peace College, and Dec. 30, at Elmhurst College.