Sat, Feb. 2, 2013 - [Women's Basketball]
The Loras College women's basketball team slipped to 16-5 and 6-4 in the Iowa Conference following their home loss to Buena Vista on Saturday afternoon. They remain in second place – in a tie with Wartburg, who they've defeated twice.
On Saturday, the Duhawks and Beavers traded the lead seven times and posted nearly identical first halves. Both teams made 11 field goals, one three-pointer, while the Beavers went 7-for-8 from the free throw line to Loras' 8-for-12. Each team pulled down 15 rebounds and they were within a turnover of each other during the opening 20 minutes. Niki Rivera's first half buzzer-beater sent the Duhawks into the locker room with the lead, 31-30.
The Beavers tied the game twice early in the second half and eventually took their lead with 14 minutes to play. They would open up a lead over the next nine minutes that reached ten points at 58-48, but the Duhawks mounted their comeback effort over the final five minutes.
Niki Rivera put the Duhawks within one point after her three-pointer from the left wing made it 64-63 with a minute to play. A pair of free throws by Buena Vista built the lead back to three points – but Melissa Herrmann converted a layup with just over 10 seconds to play to put Loras back down one. A Loras foul gave the visitors a chance to increase their lead again, and Becca Pennington made it 68-65. On Loras' final possession, a tying three-pointer by Rachel Kerchefske was off the mark and a close range shot in the final seconds would not have been enough as the buzzer sounded amidst a crowded lane under the Beavers' basket.
Loras' Melissa Herrmann finished with a game high 16 points, including 8-of-10 free throw shooting. Rivera reached double figures with 11 points. Four Buena Vista players reached double figures for the visitors.
Buena Vista overcame three players fouling out to earn the win. One Duhawk joined them in that category.
Loras is on the road at Coe College on Wednesday night before returning to the AWC for Senior Day against Simpson.