By BLAKE TOPPMEYER
Herald-Whig Sports Writer
With so many newcomers on this year's Quincy University women's basketball team, there weren't many Lady Hawks who could have told you before this week which team eliminated Quincy from the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament last season.
As such, before QU's game Saturday against Maryville, Quincy's veterans made sure to give the new players a quick history lesson and inform them that the Lady Hawks would be seeking atonement for Maryville beating QU in the GLVC semifinals last March en route to winning the tourney title.
Quincy gained the revenge it was seeking and beat the Saints 68-56 at Pepsi Arena in a key GLVC West Division showdown.
"We wanted to come out and prove to them what we can do," QU junior center Hannah Weedman said.
Weedman is a transfer from Division I Evansville and one of five newcomers in QU's top eight-player rotation. She scored a game-high 20 points.
QU sophomore Kelly Buresh, who played 10 minutes in that tournament loss to Maryville, said the veteran players sent the message shortly after QU's 47-42 win Thursday at Missouri-St. Louis that a loss Saturday would be unacceptable.
"Our returners, we had a lot of revenge from the GLVC Tournament last year, so we knew we weren't going to lose this game before the game even started," Buresh said. "We had so much revenge to get back at them.
"Right after Thursday, we said, ‘All right, we've got Maryville. We have a rivalry with them. So we need to win this game.' And we stressed how they beat us in the GLVC Tournament last year."
The Lady Hawks (11-8, 9-2) won for the 10th time in their last 12 games and remained in sole possession of first place in the West. They lead Maryville (11-8, 7-4) by two games and Missouri S&T (12-7, 8-3) by one.
Buresh had the assignment of guarding Maryville senior forward Abby Duethman, the GLVC's leading scorer and rebounder. Duethaman finished with nine points and a team-high 10 rebounds.
Considering Duethman has nine double-doubles this season and came in averaging 17.9 points per game overall -- and 19.6 points per game in GLVC play -- QU coach Jeni
Garber was more than pleased with Buresh's defensive effort.
"Kelly is a tough player, a tough competitor," Garber said. "She likes a challenge like that. She knew she was going to have her, and she wanted to do a good job on her. She's a very physical player, so she can take other players out of their game a little bit by being physical. She did a great job on her."
Buresh said her goal was to limit Duethman to under 12 points.
The only other game Duethman played in this year and didn't score at least 10 points came on Nov. 30, when she scored nine points in 19 minutes of Maryville's 81-29 win over Benedictine-Springfield. Only five of Duethman's points came when Buresh was on the floor.
"I like to have a hard challenge," Buresh said. "Shutting her down stops their offense, so that's all I wanted to do."
Weedman provided ample help-side defense on Duethman. She also picked apart Maryville's defense and came within one point of tying her career high.
"She's the player of the game," Garber said of Weedman.
Maryville ran through three different options in guarding Weedman -- Rita Flynn, Erica Lorton and Angela Pepowski. Weedman found success against all three.
"I realized after a while it kind of reminded me of the Southern Indiana game," Weedman said, referencing her 21-point game on Jan. 12. "If I had good position, I knew I was going to get easy buckets."
Quincy received contributions throughout the lineup. Felisha Loggins had 14 points and eight rebounds. Lucy Cramsey tallied nine points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Maggie Cunningham had seven points, a game-high four assists and just two turnovers. The Lady Hawks finished with 16 turnovers, their lowest total since committing 12 turnovers on Jan. 3 at Bellarmine.
"I think this was our best complete game," Buresh said.