Women's College Basketball

Hawks women get first GLVC win

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jan. 5, 2020 12:50 am

LIBERTY, Mo. -- Alexa Low reacted with a do-you-really-want-to-know kind of laugh.

The Quincy University women's basketball team managed to score just six points in the first quarter of Saturday's Great Lakes Valley Conference game against William Jewell and found itself playing catch-up once again.

"Their defense was so aggressive at first," said Low, a QU senior forward who had three of those six first-quarter points. "It wasn't that it was stopping us. We weren't attacking and trying to score.

"So what was going through my head was all we need to attack and try to score because when we did that we were drawing fouls and getting open looks. So really that's all we needed to do."

Once the Hawks started doing that, they never let up.

They trimmed the deficit to one point by halftime, outscored the Cardinals 19-9 in the third quarter and left the Mabee Center with a 59-47 victory.

"I think it was our attitude and our energy," QU coach Jeni Garber said. "We had to be tougher. They came out being the aggressors and being tougher with us. We were very soft in the first quarter. Once we started being more aggressive, we set better screens and started knocking down shots."

Quincy (5-6, 1-2 GLVC) trailed 22-21 at halftime and allowed William Jewell to score the first basket of the third quarter before knocking down three consecutive shots to go up 28-24.

Jess Merino then put the Cardinals on their heels. The QU senior guard hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored eight of her 16 points in the third quarter. She finished with 13 points in the second half along with two steals and two assists.

"She really changed the game for us just by how hard she played," Garber said. "She made the hustle plays and brought the toughness and physicality to the game. That got the rest of us going. She brought the intangibles."

Her teammates fed off that energy.

"When she first came in, her energy was enough to get us going," said Low, who finished with seven points, 11 rebounds and six blocked shots. "She's always been an energy bringer when she gets on the floor. We just fed off her energy and was a huge momentum boost for us."

The numbers show it.

The Hawks went 2 of 12 from the field in the first quarter (16.7 percent), but flipped that into a 6-of-11 effort (54.6 percent) in the third quarter. The Hawks shot 44.4 percent from the field over the final three quarters,

Laney Lantz matched Merino with 16 points, going 2 of 2 from 3-point range and 8 of 8 from the free-throw line, while Ella Golbald added 12 points. The Hawks were 16 of 17 from the line overall.

"We executed well, played pretty decent defense and rebounded better," Garber said. "The main thing is the whole team had energy and were bound and determined to get the win and come out and set the tone for the second half. That's what they did in the second half."

Quincy 59, William Jewell 47

QUINCY (5-6, 1-2)

Lantz 3-6 8-8 16, Gobald 5-10 0-0 12, Petrovic 3-9 2-2 8, Low 2-10 3-4 7, Schraufnagel 0-0 0-0 0, Merino 5-10 3-3 16, Adeyinka 0-2 0-0 0, Porth 0-0 0-0 0, Nelson 0-0 0-0 0, Prince 0-1 0-0 0, Rivera 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-48 16-17 59.

WILLIAM JEWELL (5-6, 1-2)

Bradley 6-16 2-4 16, Offield 2-6 0-0 5, Wilbers 1-5 2-2 4, Burch 2-7 0-0 4, Fisher 1-5 1-2 3, Tolson 3-8 3-4 10, Baird 1-3 1-2 3, Russell 1-3 0-0 2, Schon 0-4 0-0 0, Frizzell 0-1 0-0 0, Boeh 0-2 0-0 0, Finn 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 17-62 9-14 47.

Quincy 6 15 19 19 -- 59

William Jewell 12 10 9 16 -- 47

3-point field goals -- Quincy 7-18 (Lantz 2-2, Gobald 2-7, Merino 3-7, Adeyinka 0-1, Prince 0-1), William Jewell 4-23 (Bradley 2-10, Offield 1-3, Fisher 0-3, Tolson 1-2, Baird 0-1, Russell 0-2, Boeh 0-1, Finn 0-1). Fouls -- Quincy 14, William Jewell 20. Rebounds -- Quincy 37 (Low 11), William Jewell 37 (Bradley 9). Assists -- Quincy 12 (Petrovic 3), William Jewell 6 (Fisher 3). Steals -- Quincy 5 (Merino 2), William Jewell 7 (Fisher 2). Turnovers -- Quincy 16, William Jewell 13. Fouled out -- Tolson. Officials -- Courtney Donohue, Jeremy McHugh, Carson Hattel. A -- 419.