Since the start of the second semester at Loras College, there have been some very cold and slippery weather conditions. But the weather did not prevent the women’s basketball team from performing on the court.
Post season play is quickly approaching and the team has been on a hot winning streak this semester despite the weather. Some of their conference game wins consists of teams like cross-town rival University of Dubuque Spartans (104-48), Nebraska Wesleyan University (83-70), and Simpson College (94-79).
On Wednesday, Jan. 30, the temperatures plummeted with an artic vortex, making Iowa the coldest place on Earth that day. However, University of Dubuque still made the voyage to the Athletic and Wellness Center for the American Rivers Conference match up.
The Duhawks came out hot finding senior forward Hanna Stokes off a rebound to tally the first points of the game. The momentum carried into the second quarter where the Duhawks pushed their lead to 25 by going on a 15-3 point run. To finish the half, first-year guard Sydney Schuler knocked down a three-pointer while being fouled. Schuler was able to convert the four-point play.
To start the third quarter, the Spartans could not gain any momentum, being held to only four points. Meanwhile, the Duhawks flowed 23 points. To finish the third quarter, sophomore forward Marissa Schroeder drained a three from the top of the key. The momentum did not change in the fourth quarter as first-year guard Hanna Thiele sent the score into triple digits with her shot from beyond the arc.
“It’s never ending, and we have such a young group; we had the whole fourth quarter playing with almost five freshman on the floor at all times,” said head coach Justin Heinzen.
Even with weather still causing problems into the weekend, the momentum seized to stop. On Saturday, Feb. 2, the Simpson College Storm journeyed to the AWC for an American Rivers Conference match up on Lillis Court.
To start the first quarter, the Duhawks soared high scoring five three-pointers and totaling 29 points in the first 10 minutes. In the second half, the Storm battled back, but the momentum stayed in favor of the Duhawks as sophomore forward Courtney Schnoor flew through the defense for a lay-up.
The swing of the game fell out of the Duhawks’ control in the third quarter as the Simpson Storm were able to tally 19 points. To start the fourth quarter, Loras lead by 11. The team was able to grow on that lead, almost doubling it thanks to senior guard Taylor Brooks for knocking down both of her free-throws, pushing the lead to 20.
Simpson was able to chip the 20-point lead but it wasn’t enough to change the conclusion of the game. Loras College women’s basketball hits the road this weekend for another American Rivers Conference match-up to take on Central College. To see results of the American Rivers Conference games Coe College and Luther College, check duhawks.com.
The American Rivers Conference Tournament starts on Tuesday, Feb. 19. The time and location is to be determined sometime next week.