Cramsey, Lady Hawks show no signs of letdown, roll to eighth straight victory

Quincy University’s Hannah Weedman, left, Lucy Cramsey, center, and Kelly Buresh, right, share a laugh while sitting on the bench in the second half of Saturday’s 86-66 victory over Missouri S&T in Great Lakes Valley Conference play. (H-W Photo/Phil Carls
Posted: Feb. 2, 2014 1:18 am Updated: Feb. 23, 2014 2:14 am

Herald-Whig Sports Writer

Saturday afternoon, Lucy Cramsey did a little of everything for the Quincy University women's basketball team.

She even cleaned up a mess.

During the second half of the 15th-ranked Lady Hawks' 86-66 victory over Missouri S&T in Great Lakes Valley Conference play at Pepsi Arena, some water spilled on the court. Cramsey was the one to wipe it up.

"The water spill was a big part of the game," she said with a laugh.

Actually, her scoring and rebounding mattered just a little bit more.

Cramsey finished two rebounds short of a double-double, scoring 17 points and grabbing eight rebounds as the Lady Hawks (17-2, 10-1 GLVC) won their eighth straight game.

"I was energized," Cramsey said. "Whenever I have energy, I can just play hard and not think about conserving anything."

During QU's winning streak, Cramsey has scored in double figures seven times and grabbed eight or more rebounds five times.

"She can do it all," QU coach Jeni Garber said. "She's a nice guard to have."

Cramsey and the Lady Hawks made sure there'd be no hangover after Thursday's last-second victory over seventh-ranked Drury.

"It's tough to do that (get over the win)," Cramsey said. "The next day, the coaches were all saying it's a good win, but it really means nothing because we always got to look into the future."

It took a few minutes, though, to send the Miners packing.

Missouri S&T's Karli Sample made a layup with 13 minutes, 48 seconds to play in the first half that cut the QU's lead to 16-13.

"That's what we've done the last two or three games, we've played for five or 10 minutes," Missouri S&T coach Alan Eads said. "Then we go on a scoring slump, and that's been our problem."

The Miners' slump allowed the Lady Hawks to go on a 32-11 run to close out the first half. QU outscored Missouri S&T 17-2 over the final 6:30.

"We just wanted to get a good comfortable lead," said QU's Kara Gerbus, who finished with 15 points. "Lately, we've been real close in games. Today, we just wanted to make sure we put this game away."

QU's lead reached as many as 30 points before Garber pulled her starters early in the second half.

"Any given night, anyone can step up," Garber said. "Whoever the defense is keying on for that night, we can have someone else step up, which is really a nice luxury to have."

Saturday afternoon, it happened to be Cramsey.

"I know I was ready to go," Cramsey said. "We felt good, so we were able to run on them."




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