Duhawks split weekend battles
By Jalen Boyd
Duhawks vs. Knights
With the regular season coming to an end and the conference tournament right around the corner the Loras women’s basketball team hoped to claim their third regular season conference title with a win over the No.8 Wartburg Knights. After beating them 82-78 in Waverly on Jan. 11, the Knights were looking to even the score.
From the tip-off to the final seconds, the game was like a see-saw the entire way. Senior guard Kari Fitzpatrick put the Duhawks on the board early, and the Loras women were able to hold the lead for the majority of the first quarter. But the Knights battled back and took a 24-18 lead going into the second quarter. Duhawks’ junior forward Courtney Schnoor dominated the start of the second quarter, scoring on three consecutive possessions and cutting the Knights’ lead to just one point.
The back and forth play resulted in the Duhawks taking a one-point, 34-33, lead into the locker room at the half. The Duhawks came out with a fire-like start for the third quarter hoping to build on their slim lead. But the see-saw swung in Wartburg’s direction and they regained the advantage late in the third. The fourth quarter started with the Knights leading the Duhawks 51-46.
The teams traded baskets throughout the fourth quarter but the game ended up balanced and level. With just seconds left on the clock, senior guard Macenzie Kraemer hit a shot to give the Duhawks a two-point lead and what looked like the win. But before the buzzer could sound, Schnoor was called on a foul, her fifth in the game, sending one of the Knights to the charity stripe with a chance to send it into overtime. Schnoor, now on the bench after fouling out, could only watch as the free throws found their mark sending the game into OT.
With Schnoor on the bench, the Duhawks struggled to rebound and protect the rim giving the Knights the advantage. They outscored the Duhawks 11-8 in overtime giving them win, 79-76.
Duhawks vs. Prairie Wolves
Finishing out the 2019-2020 season in Lincoln, Nebraska the Duhawks looked to add another W to their record. After defeating the Nebraska Wesleyan Prairie Wolves in the last match-up, the Duhawks came into this game looking to sweep the series 2-0.
The Duhawks started the game with an 8-0 run. The Prairie Wolves returned with a run of their own to cut the lead to two points. Their momentum helped push them to a 20-19 advantage to end the first quarter.
Duhawks junior Marissa Schroeder popped a three pointer to start the second quarter, giving Loras a two-point lead; Schroeder was responsible for 10 of the Duhawks 14 points in the second stanza. With both teams firing on all cylinders, the scoring went back and forth for the remainder of the half, sending the teams to the locker room tied at 33 points.
Coach Justin Heinzen must have had one heck of a halftime speech because the Duhawks came out popping to start the third quarter, scoring 12 unanswered points. With exceptional efforts from sophomore Madison Haslow, senior Kari Fitzpatrick, and freshman Madison Fleckenstein the Duhawks were able to extend the lead to 19 points. Headed into the fourth with a 15-point lead, the Duhawks were looking to finish the game, and the regular season, with a huge win. The women dominated on both sides of the ball throughout the fourth quarter giving them a 21-point advantage and a 79-58 win. With this win the Duhawks claimed the no.2 spot in the ARC tournament giving them a first-round bye. They will play their first game in the tournament on Feb. 27 at home.