By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the second time in a 10-day span, the Quincy University women's basketball team won a Great Lakes Valley Conference game despite not reaching 50 points.
With Rockhurst dictating a methodical pace Saturday, the Lady Hawks relied on their defense and free-throw shooting down the stretch to secure a 45-40 victory at Mason-Halpin Field House.
Quincy won 47-42 on Jan. 31 at Missouri-St. Louis by limiting the Tritons to 27.6 percent shooting. QU's defense was nearly as effective this time around and limited Rockhurst to 31.9 percent shooting.
"A win is a win, and as long as we keep grinding it out and getting those Ws, I'm all right with it," QU coach Jeni Garber told ESPN 1440. "They are very deliberate about what they do and limit your possessions most of the game. ... They do a great job with that system and have some big wins here, so we knew it was going to be a tough battle."
Regardless of the style, Quincy has thrived in close games. It improved to 7-1 this season in games decided by less than 10 points.
"I'm confident in being able to end the game with a win anytime it's close," said QU junior guard Lucy Cramsey, who had a team-high 14 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots.
QU, which won its fourth straight game and 12th game in its last 14 contests, improved to 13-0 when it limits an opponent to under 42.5 percent shooting.
Quincy, in first place in the GLVC West Division, is now 13-8 overall and 11-2 in the GLVC. QU leads Maryville by two games in the West and extended its lead over Missouri S&T to three games after UMSL beat the Lady Miners 68-64 on Saturday.
Quincy led 33-25 after Cramsey made a jumper with 10 minutes, 40 seconds remaining in the second half. Rockhurst (7-14, 4-9) responded with an 8-0 run to tie the game, capped by Melanie Siscos' layup with 5:35 to play. Siscos led Rockhurst with 14 points.
"We just went on a span the last 10 minutes," Cramsey said, "where they were hitting short jumpers and they were moving the ball really well, and they just got a lot of easy looks that we shouldn't have given up. That got them into the game."
Still, QU never surrendered the lead after halftime. Hannah Weedman made back-to-back baskets and Felisha Loggins made a long two-point jumper off a kickout from Cramsey to give QU a 39-33 lead with 3:16 to play.
Weedman finished with nine points for Quincy, and Loggins had eight.
Rockhurst trimmed QU's lead to 39-38 after MaKayla Grahn drained a 3-pointer with 1:15 remaining.
Cramsey made four free throws in the final 43 seconds, and Maggie Cunningham made two free throws with a second left to seal the win after RU's Shelby Geiman missed a 3-pointer with four seconds remaining that would have tied the game.
QU improved to 17-2 all-time against Rockhurst and secured the season sweep. Quincy beat Rockhurst 67-55 on Jan. 24 at Pepsi Arena, with RU shooting 30 percent in that contest.