QUINCY -- Quincy University women's basketball coach Jeni Garber was left playing a game of what if Monday night.
What if the Hawks hadn't allowed Truman State to grab 20 offensive rebounds?
What if the Bulldogs hadn't outscored the Hawks 18-2 on second-chance points?
What if the rebound margin -- a 51-30 advantage for the Bulldogs -- was cut in half?
Maybe the Hawks wouldn't have suffered a 64-57 loss in Great Lakes Valley Conference play at Pepsi Arena.
"The crazy thing was we were only down six with a couple minutes to go despite being outrebounded like that," Garber said. "We were right in the game, but we just gave up too many opportunities on the boards."
The Hawks trailed 60-54 following an Alexa Low jumper with 2:23 remaining in regulation, but the Bulldogs made four straight free throws and grabbed a final offensive rebound during that closing stretch to hold the Hawks at bay.
However, the lead was courtesy of a second-quarter stretch in which the Hawks couldn't clean the defensive glass.
Quincy (6-10, 2-6 GLVC) saw a 22-20 lead with 5:16 to play in the first half turn into a 38-28 halftime deficit as the Bulldogs (11-4, 7-1 GLVC) scored eight points off offensive rebounds. Meanwhile, the Hawks went 2 of 6 from the field in that stretch.
"It was a bad combination for us," QU senior forward Alexa Low said. "We weren't getting stops and we weren't scoring on offense."
Garber understands it's a game of runs, but this one lasted too long.
"We have to make sure we shorten that spurt a little bit," Garber said. "I wish we could have a couple of those minutes back."
A few of those rebounds, too.
"Their post players are really good at pushing us under the basket," said Low, who finished with 14 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots. "We'll have position and be in the right spot for the rebound, but honestly, they were more physical than us. They pushed us and they got those longer rebounds because they had the space.
"We were in the spot, but we just couldn't push back."
No one made the Hawks pay more than Maddie Re.
The Truman State sophomore forward hauled in 16 rebounds, including six offensive, to go along with nine points and two assists.
"She has always been an extraordinary rebounder," Garber said. "She just goes and gets it. She's just tenacious on the boards. We didn't match her energy on the boards."
The challenge will be to do that Thursday night at McKendree in the first of a two-game road trip.
"The things we need to work on, we are working on and getting better at," Low said. "It shows we're progressing as a team and doing new things and doing things better."