Women's College Basketball

Pair of comebacks not enough for Hawks to get over hump

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Nov. 11, 2017 12:01 am

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Jeni Garber understood there'd be some growing pains for the youthful Quincy University women's basketball team.

Friday night, the Hawks experienced many of them in the first quarter.

Walsh opened the game on a 9-2 run, closed the first quarter with an 11-2 spurt and steadily pulled away for a 75-55 victory in the Pops Duncan Classic at Trevecca Nazarene.

"We were a little rushed, a little nervous," said Garber, now in her seventh season at QU. "We missed a lot of layups, which got us down. We just couldn't get in a good flow."

The Hawks (0-1) trailed 22-10 after the first quarter but picked up their intensity. Quincy held Walsh scoreless for more than a five-minute stretch of the second quarter, trimming a 16-point deficit to nine on Alexa Low's free throw with 1:10 to play in the half.

The Cavaliers' Shelby Henkel hit a short jumper on the ensuing possession and Walsh went to the locker room with a 32-21 lead.

"Our defense picked up and we made a game of it," Garber said. "That's a good sign."

The deficit grew to 17 points in the third quarter before the Hawks made another run. This time, a 13-2 run allowed Quincy to get within 42-36 with 4:02 to go in the third quarter as Maddie Spagnola and Anika Webster hit back-to-back 3-pointers and Taylor Harazin scored on a back-to-back plays.

Walsh answered with an 11-0 run to end the third quarter and get the lead back to 17 points.

"We came back twice, which was good to see, but we couldn't sustain it," Garber said.

Webster led the Hawks with 18 points, while Spagnola had 10 points and Julia Ruzevich finished with nine points, five rebounds and two steals.

"Anika did a great job of being aggressive and giving us some drive," Garber said. "But we have to score some points and become more consistent offensively."

The Hawks wrap up the road trip against Trevecca Nazarene at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The Hawks play their home opener against Winona State at 7 p.m. next Friday.

Walsh 75, Quincy 55

QUINCY (0-1)

Spagnola 4-7 1-2 10, Petrovic 0-3 1-2 1, Webster 6-17 4-6 18, Rabas 0-2 0-0 0, Low 1-7 1-2 3, J. Ruzevich 2-8 5-8 9, Warfield 0-1 0-0 0, K. Ruzevich 1-6 0-0 4, Gronewold 1-1 0-0 3, Williams 1-1 0-0 3, Hickey 0-0 0-0 0, Harazin 2-3 0-0 4, Merino 1-1 0-0 2, Schraufnagel 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-57 12-20 55.

WALSH (1-0)

Foley 4-9 0-0 9, Newkirk 3-6 0-2 7, Hochstedler 1-8 4-4 6, Henkel 2-2 0-0 4, Grober 2-2 0-0 4, Halloran 3-8 0-0 9, Blake 1-3 0-0 3, Borck 2-2 0-0 5, Jenkins 0-1 0-0 0, Pooler 0-0 0-0 0, Sales 3-7 0-0 6, Orr 0-0 0-0 0, Blacksten 4-8 0-0 10, Butler 2-3 0-0 5, Westphal 3-6 0-0 7. Totals 30-65 4-6 75.

Quincy 10 11 15 19--55

Walsh 22 10 21 22--75

3-point field goals--Quincy 5-12 (Webster 2-5, Spagnola 1-2, Gronewold 1-1, Williams 1-1, J. Ruzevich 0-3), Walsh 11-30 (Halloran 3-8, Blacksten 2-4, Foley 1-4, Westphal 1-4, Newkirk 1-2, Blake 1-2, Butler 1-2, Borck 1-1, Hochstedler 0-2, Sales 0-1). Rebounds--Quincy 35 (Low, J. Ruzevich 5), Walsh 40 (Henkel, Grober 5). Assists--Quincy 10 (Rabas, Gronewold 3), Walsh 18 (Hochstedler, Borck, Butler 3). Steals--Quincy 13 (Petrovic, J. Ruzevich, Williams 2), Walsh 10 (Foley, Halloran 2). Blocked shots--Quincy 5 (Low 5), Walsh 4 (Henkel 2). Turnovers--Quincy 24, Walsh 23. Fouls--Quincy 15, Walsh 17. Fouled out--Harazin. Officials--Warren Smith, Phillip Teer, Thomas Floyd.

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