Women topple two top nationally ranked teams
By: Jon Quinn
DUBUQUE, IA – After a record breaking 2018-2019 season, the Loras College women’s basketball team is picking up right where they left off. The team came to play at their own Loras Tip-Off Classic with wins over teams boasting their top 25 national rankings.
But these wins didn’t come easy. During the two-day tournament Loras knocked down No. 24 Washington University in St. Louis on Nov. 15, defeating them 93-81. The momentum then carried the team to the championship match-up on Nov. 16 against University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. U.W. Oshkosh knocked the Loras women’s team out of the NCAA National tournament last year but now, it’s a brand new season.
With a tight battle against the two teams, the game went into overtime where Loras’ free-throw percentage really came into effect. U.W. Oshkosh had an appropriate .609 free-throw percentage while Loras held a .833 free-throw percentage. That made a huge difference in overtime, which gave Loras the edge, securing the win 88-83.
To highlight some of the statistics and performances for the Washington University game, senior guard Macenzie Kraemer led the team in scoring with 20 points. Kraemer started hot and never cooled off scoring within the first minute of the game. The other 18 points were acquired mostly through jumpers and one three-pointer.
Another force to be reckoned with is junior forward Marissa Schroeder. Schroeder is credited for halting Washington’s offense with nine defensive rebounds and 11 total rebounds. Schroeder was also a leader in scoring tallying 17 points.
Another great performance against Washington would be senior guard Riley Eckhart who also led the team with 18 points. We also can’t forget the first-year guard Madison Fleckenstein for game shifting momentum with her 11 made free-throws. Redshirt senior guard Kari Fitzpatrick made her presence known as well, forcing numerous turnovers which would force Washington to take a timeout.
Moving to U.W. Oshkosh, junior forward Courtney Schnoor lead the Duhawks in scoring and free-throws percentage. As mentioned earlier, free-throw percentage was a big contribution to why Loras won in overtime, and Schnoor was perfect from the line, going eight-for-eight. Adding a total of 23 points to the board helped as well.
Schnoor was closely followed by Kraemer who scored 22 points, 12 of which were scored from beyond the arc. As a team, Loras out-rebounded U.W. Oshkosh 36-28 which could have played a role in Loras’ field goal percentage (.468) and free-throw percentage (.833).
This Saturday, the team will take to the road and travel to Eau Claire, WI, to battle against the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. The game will be at the Zorn Arena at 5 p.m.