Women's College Basketball

Bench gives Hawks boost in first GLVC victory

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jan. 6, 2018 9:10 pm Updated: Jan. 6, 2018 11:40 pm

QUINCY -- In need of a boost to keep Maryville from pulling away, Quincy University women's basketball coach Jeni Garber shook up her lineup by going deep into her bench.

She won't hesitate to go back there if necessary.

The bench mob spearheaded a 14-3 run that erased a six-point deficit and changed momentum entirely in Saturday's 67-58 Great Lakes Valley Conference victory at Pepsi Arena. All 14 points came from players each averaging less than 10 minutes per game.

"Oh my gosh, I can't say enough about those kids coming in and giving us a little boost and energy we needed," said Garber, whose bench outscored Maryville's subs 23-4. "They moved the ball really well and got some easy baskets. It was really good to see from those kids who work their tails off every day.

"They got in rhythm and worked to get us back in the game."

It started with sophomore guard Jessica Merino aggressively attacking off the dribble. Merino, who didn't play in the first half, scored twice driving to the basket to get the Hawks within 43-40. After the Saints' Stephanie Sherwood made two free throws, Quincy (5-9, 1-4 GLVC) got two free throws from Grace Schraufnagel and a layin by Taylor Harazin to close the third quarter and trail only 45-44.

Harazin scored off a Merino assist to start the fourth quarter before she and Schraufnagel scored on consecutive possessions for a 50-45 lead.

"The bench always brings energy," said Harazin, the 6-foot-3 freshman center who had eight points, three steals and two rebounds in six minutes of action. "To be able to bring that into the game is amazing."

They did it on the defensive end, too. The Saints (4-6. 1-4 GLVC) went 10 possessions and 6 minutes, 4 seconds between field goals in the second half and turned the ball over five times.

Maryville committed 17 turnovers overall.

"It was a team effort," Harazin said.

When the starters returned in the fourth quarter, they fed off the bench mob's energy.

"They gave us a spark that we needed," junior guard Jessie Rabas said. "In the third quarter, everything was kind of dull at that point. They came in and gave us the spark that won us the game. It gave us the fourth quarter energy that we needed. It was huge."

Rabas hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Hawks a 59-55 lead with 4:24 remaining and had a chance to extend the lead with a 3-pointer on the next possession, but it rimmed out.

"I wanted that third one," Rabas said. "I wanted it so bad."

It wasn't needed. The Hawks went 6 of 8 from the free-throw line in the final two minutes.

"As a young team, you have to learn to win," said Rabas, who had 12 points and six rebounds. "It's a constant thing. As the season goes on, it will get more consistent as we learn what works and what doesn't."

Strong bench play certainly will help with that.

"It's incredible," Rabas said. "We all have confidence in each other. If you know that about each other, that energy is contagious."

Quincy 67, Maryville 58

MARYVILLE (4-6, 1-4)

Ringering 6-15 3-4 15, Barton 1-7 0-0 2, Steward 3-9 5-7 12, Foster 0-1 0-0 0, Sherwood 9-15 2-2 25, Ponce 2-6 0-0 4, Chaffin 0-0 0-0 0, Dugger 0-1 0-0 0, Hermann 0-1 0-0 0, Horn 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 21-57 10-13 58.

QU (5-9, 1-4)

J. Ruzevich 3-6 0-0 6, Gronewold 2-4 0-0 6, Webster 5-13 4-6 14, Rabas 4-7 1-2 12, Low 3-10 0-0 6, Spagnola 2-4 0-1 5, Petrovic 0-0 0-0 0, K. Ruzevich 0-0 0-0 0, Hickey 0-1 2-2 2, Harazin 4-4 0-1 8, Merino 2-4 0-0 4, Schraufnagel 1-1 2-2 2. Totals 26-54 9-14 67.

Maryville 12 17 16 13

QU 15 12 17 23--67

3-point field goals--Maryville 6-23 (Ringering 0-5, Barton 0-4, Steward 1-3, Sherwood 5-9, Ponce 0-2). QU 6-14 (Gronewold 2-4, Webster 0-3, Rabas 3-5, Spagnola 1-1, Merino 0-1). Rebounds--Maryville 22 (Ringering 6), QU 36 (Low 8). Assists--Maryville 10 (Barton 4), QU 15 (Gronewold 5). Blocks--Maryville 2 (Dugger, Horn), QU 3 (Low 2). Steals--Maryville 8 (Sherwood 4), QU 11 (Gronewold 3). Fouls--Maryville 14, QU 19. Fouled out--None.