Dutch hand Duhawks second straight loss
Thu, Feb. 9, 2012 - [Women's Basketball]

Central 54, Loras 51

 

Loras' final regular season home game will be ushered quickly into the rear view mirror. The Duhawks lost 54-51 to Central College (6-16, 1-12) on Wednesday night and slipped to fourth place in the IIAC.

 

A low scoring first half saw the Duhawks open an early 6-0 lead. They later fell behind 14-10 before tying the game at 14-14 with four minutes to play in the opening half. Brit Kent scored the Duhawks' final six points of the first half and the Dutch answered with a pair of late layups to cut the Loras halftime lead to 20-19.

 

The second half included six ties and 13 lead changes at the Dutch tried to earn their first IIAC win of the season and the Duhawks tried to keep pace with the top of the conference.

 

Katie Langmeier was 4-for-7 from the field in the second half and scored 12 points – including a stretch of three consecutive layups, two coming as ‘second chance' put backs in the middle of the half to help Loras claim a 37-37 lead. Langmeier finished with a 14-point, 10-rebound double-double.

 

Niki Rivera's 3-pointer (Loras' only long distance basket of the game, 1-of-12) with 1:15 to go tied the game at 49-49. Alyssa Schwartz gave the Dutch the lead for good on Central's next possession from the free throw line. The visitor's lead was 52-49 when Langmeier knocked down a pair of late free throws. The Duhawks would get no closer, as Sarah Paulson converted both of her free throws. A last second heave to tie the game by Lindsey LaBadie missed the mark.

 

Loras moved to 14-9 and 9-5 in the IIAC with the loss.

 

They'll be on the road against two of the three teams ahead of them in the standings over the final week and a half of the regular season. Saturday the Duhawks will be at Wartburg before a midweek bye next week. The final Saturday of the regular season will be spent at Simpson College in Indianola.

 

The Duhawks have qualified for the 2012 Iowa Conference tournament with their current 9-5 record. Dubuque, Cornell, and Buena Vista will battle for the final two spots. Dubuque is just one game behind the Duhawks at 8-6 for fourth place.