By BLAKE TOPPMEYER
Herald-Whig Sports Writer
LEBANON, Ill. -- Foul trouble limited Lucy Cramsey's playing time in the Quincy University women's basketball team's Great Lakes Valley Conference opener.
The flip side to that was Cramsey came into the Lady Hawks' GLVC game Saturday against McKendree well rested.
She took advantage of those fresh legs and tallied 17 points, a career-high 18 rebounds, four assists and three steals in QU's 75-56 win at the Statham Center.
"I had a lot of energy," Cramsey said. "I didn't play as much last game, so I came into this game and I had my legs."
Cramsey picked up her fourth foul with 18 minutes, 23 seconds remaining in the second half of QU's 78-71 win over Bellarmine on Thursday. She went to the bench for about the next 11 minutes and finished with 28 minutes played. The only games she played fewer minutes were QU's two blowout wins over NAIA foes.
She played a team-high 34 minutes against the Bearcats to help QU improve to 4-6 overall and 2-0 in the GLVC.
"She provided exactly what we needed from her," QU coach Jeni Garber said. "She really made it her mission to go to the boards tonight and give us those opportunities."
Cramsey's 18 rebounds are tied for the fourth-highest single-game total in QU history. Andrea Falter holds the QU record with 20 rebounds in a 1983 game against William Woods.
Cramsey, a 5-foot-8 junior guard, averages a team-best 8.5 rebounds per game.
"Lucy is a great rebounder, and tonight she did amazing," said QU sophomore forward Kelly Buresh, who had 15 points and eight rebounds. "She's a guard. You don't think a guard is going to be leading you in rebounds. So that's a great advantage.
"Lucy is very strong. She has a very tough body."
With Cramsey, Buresh and Felisha Loggins (nine points, eight rebounds) leading the way on the glass, QU outrebounded McKendree 57-32. The Lady Hawks had 25 offensive rebounds, leading to 21 second-chance points.
Those second opportunities were key, considering QU shot 41.3 percent from the field. QU has outrebounded seven of its 10 opponents and has a 426-326 rebounding edge over its foes this season.
"We emphasize it. It's one of our goals to outrebound opponents," Garber said. "We have to do that to give ourselves extra opportunities on the offensive end."
Hannah Weedman scored 13 points, and Carly Beebe added 10 points off the bench to give QU four players in double figures.
Cramsey scored a basket in the lane -- the Lady Hawks outscored McKendree 36-16 in the paint -- with 13:43 remaining in the second half to tie the game at 41. That jumpstarted a 16-2 run for the Lady Hawks, and their lead never dipped below double digits after that run.
Caty Ponce led McKendree (5-5, 0-2) with 18 points, 14 of which came in the first half. Quincy led 33-32 at halftime but pulled away by limiting the Bearcats to 23.3 percent shooting in the second half, including 1 of 12 (8.3 percent) from 3-point range. McKendree made 5 of 11 3-point attempts in the first half.
McKendree shot 28.8 percent from the field overall, the second-worst mark for a QU opponent this season.
The Lady Hawks have now won three straight since a 72-66 loss to NAIA's Harris Stowe State on Dec. 5. This year marks the sixth straight season QU has started 2-0 in league play.
"They came back (after break), and they knew it was conference season," Garber said. "That added a little fire to them and desire."