Duhawks win third straight, into 3-way tie for second in IIAC
Sun, Jan. 22, 2012 - [Women's Basketball]

Loras 56, Coe 41

 

The going got tough over the last week for the Loras College women's basketball team. Four games in seven days, including the long trip to Storm Lake. The opponents were among top five teams in the IIAC when the week started. The tough got going to the tune of a 3-1 week, defeating defending Iowa Conference co-champions Simpson and Coe at home in their last two games. They posted their first three-game winning streak of the season with Saturday's win over the Kohawks.

 

On Saturday, Loras performed admirably on the defensive end and effectively on the offensive end. Coe was held to just 27% shooting and a season low 41 points in their second IIAC loss of the season.

 

Offensively, the Duhawks shot 43.5% from the field, every player who took the court scored, including six of eight players scoring at least seven points.

 

It was evident early that the Duhawks came to play on the defensive end of the floor. Coe was two for their first 11 from the field and called a timeout after the Duhawks opened a 14-6 lead in the first seven minutes. Loras' late push in the first half opened the largest lead of the night at 17. The home team took a 31-14 lead into the locker room for halftime.

 

The Kohawks were 6-for-29 from the field in the first half, missed each of their five 3-point attempts, and went 2-for-2 from the free throw line.

 

The second half saw the Kohawks turn to Kayla Waskow and Mackenzie Reed. Leslie Ware also knocked down two early 3-pointers. Waskow scored 11 second half points. A pair of Waskow free throws had the Duhawks lead down to single digits with six minutes to go. Two more free throws by Megan Hayes had the Kohawks as close as they would get in the second half – four points down, 45-41 – with 4:49 to go.

 

They would also be Coe's final points of the game.

 

Loras closed the game on an 11-0 run that included three turnovers and an 0-for-6 finish to the game by the visitors.

 

Melissa Herrmann started the late surge with a tough layup and old-fashioned three point play. Loras converted most of their free throws and Lindsey Labadie scored the game's final basket to cap the win.

 

The Duhawks outscored the Kohawks 23-10 off the bench and 32-14 in the paint.

 

Loras led the game wire to wire.

 

Next up is a road trip on January 25th to Decorah, Iowa to take on the Luther College Norse (5-13, 2-7).Tipoff is 6:00 PM.