Basketball: Women plan to push the tempo

contributed by Loras College Athletics

The women’s basketball team, who is about a month into their season, is off to a challenging start with their current record of 3-4 in regular play. Nevertheless, the Duhawks are not going to let these losses bring them down as they continue to work toward their goals for the season. Each game – whether it is a win or a loss – is a constant reminder of their high level of play, being as this is one of the toughest schedules the Duhawks have faced. Since the start of their season with their home opener against Carthage, the women’s basketball team has looked at each game as a new challenge.

Their home opener on Nov. 15 against Carthage was an impressive showing of the resilience of the Duhawks while creating hype for the upcoming season. Loras struggled to gain a momentous lead throughout the game. In fact, the biggest lead the Duhawks ever had was nine points in the second quarter. The game continued to go back and forth as the lead switched three times. However, the Duhawks prevailed during the fourth quarter where they scored a total of 29 points to give them the win over Carthage with a final score of 81-77.

Senior and Captain Lori Obendorf led the team in points, dropping in a total of 17. Senior Terese McMahon and Junior Cyerra Hutchins followed closely behind scoring 16 points and 15 points, respectively. This big win over Carthage shows the changes that head coach Justin Heinzen has adopted for this season are paying off.

“This year we have to embrace the new system since we have totally changed everything from a year ago. We are going to play faster,” stated Heinzen.

This momentum gained carried into their next game against UW La Crosse where the play mirrored that of the Carthage game. The Duhawks struggled to gain any large lead against La Crosse at the start. While the Eagles were able to generate a lead of 13 points, the Duhawks could only manage a seven-point lead. Much like the Carthage game, Loras was able to score big during the third and fourth quarters, scoring 25 points and 21 points, respectively. McMahon took the lead in scoring with a total of 15 points. Hutchins followed behind with 10 of her own. The Duhawks were able to pull off a win of 74-69. With this victory, the Duhawks started their season 2-0 in regular play.

Unfortunately, the Duhawks faced their first obstacle against Cornell. Loras was unable to overcome the 18 point deficit that they had fallen into during the fourth quarter. They dropped their first game of the season 68-56 to the Rams. The team was unable to rebound as they dropped their next game to Wheaton, 58-50. They were able to find their drive again against UW Platteville with a solid 69-50 win over the Pioneers. But with the start of conference play, the Duhawks were unable to convert their fast style of play in wins – dropping both of their conference duos against Luther and the University of Dubuque. After taking on Buena Vista at home Wednesday, the Duhawks will travel to Beloit for a road game on Saturday, Dec. 17.

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