Women's College Basketball

Hawks go flat in second half, fall to 1-5 in GLVC

Julia Ruzevich
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jan. 13, 2018 8:20 pm

QUINCY -- Anika Webster is curious where the Quincy University women's basketball team's pep and pizazz went.

"If you find it, let me know," the senior forward said. "We have wanted posters out for our energy and our hustle."

It disappeared somewhere between the end of a 21-point first quarter Saturday afternoon and the start of the second half, never to be seen again.

The Hawks scored on five of their final six possessions of the first quarter to take a six-point lead and pushed the advantage to as many as eight points on four different occasions in the second quarter. However, Illinois-Springfield erased it all with an 11-2 run to close the first half.

The Prairie Stars took the lead for good four minutes into the third quarter and throttled the Hawks down the stretch, finishing off an 81-64 Great Lakes Valley Conference victory at Pepsi Arena.

Quincy scored just 11 points in the third quarter, shot 20 percent from the field in the second half and fell apart defensively.

"When we came out after halftime, I could really feel it on the court," QU freshman forward Julia Ruzevich said. "The first two minutes of the second half dictate so much. The winner of the game comes out with energy at the start of the second half.

"We came out with no energy and no communication."

No one saw it coming.

The Hawks (5-10, 1-5 GLVC) led 37-29 with less than three minutes to play in the first half before the Prairie Stars scored on four straight possessions, including hitting three consecutive 3-pointers to snare a 40-39 halftime lead. It was the first time Illinois-Springfield (10-4, 4-2 GLVC) had led since the five-minute mark of the first quarter.

"They were up by one, but that doesn't mean anything to us," said Ruzevich, who finished with 14 points, five rebounds and three steals. "It was tough seeing them come back, but we talked in the locker room how we were going to come back with high energy. We just didn't produce that."

Quincy scored on just one of its first 14 second-half possessions, falling into a 51-43 hole before Michaela Gronewold buried a 3-pointer from the left wing with two minutes remaining in the third quarter.

Illinois-Springfield's lead bounced between six and 10 points over the next four minutes as Quincy put together two consecutive stops on the defensive end during the first 10 minutes of the second half.

"We didn't do a good of countering that," Webster said. "If couldn't stop it, we could at least match it on the offensive end, and we didn't do that."

The Prairie Stars' Shelbi Patterson made back-to-back 3-pointers to extend the lead to 14 points with 6:42 remaining, virtually putting an end to the Hawks' hopes they could stay close.

Patterson had 17 points. Destiny Ramsey led the Prairie Stars with 19 points and 15 rebounds.

"We were the aggressors," said Webster, who scored 12 of her 14 points in the first half. "Then somehow we took a backseat and kind of let things roll, which is not our style. We're better than that."

The Prairie Stars outrebounded the Hawks 45-30 and won despite committing 20 turnovers. The Hawks shot 31.4 percent from the field and 35.7 percent from 3-point range.

"It's all teamwork," Ruzevich said. "We need to be together as a team and always working the same way. The games we've won, it's been a huge team effort. It's so much fun to watch and play when we're doing that.

"This game really showed no teamwork. It sucked our energy out of us."

Illinois-Springfield 81, Quincy 64

ILLINOIS-SPRINGFIELD (10-4, 4-2 GLVC)

Fortune 2-8 8-8 13, Patterson 6-14 0-0 17, Sanders 1-4 0-0 2, Meissner 3-6 0-0 9, Ramsey 9-17 1-1 19, Schroyer 0-1 0-0 0, Mefford 1-2 0-0 2, Sangster 5-9 5-6 16, Pitchford 1-3 0-0 3, Weber 0-0 0-0 0, Hicks 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-64 14-15 81.

QUINCY (5-10, 1-5 GLVC)

J. Ruzevich 5-10 4-6 14, Gronewold 2-9 0-0 5, Webster 4-15 4-5 14, Rabas 2-4 0-0 5, Low 4-14 0-0 8, Spagnola 1-64-4 6, Petrovic 1-3 0-0 2, Warfield 0-0 2-2 2, K. Ruzevich 1-1 0-0 2, Hickey 1-4 1-2 3, Harazin 0-0 0-0 0, Merino 1-3 0-0 3, Schraufnagel 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-70 15-19 64.

Ill.-Springfield 15 25 18 23--81

Quincy 21 18 11 14--64

3-point field goals--Illinois-Springfield 11-25 (Patterson 5-8, Meissner 3-6, Fortune 1-6, Sangster 1-2, Pitchford 1-2, Shroyer 0-1), Quincy 5-14 (Webster 2-6, Rabas 1-3, Gronewold 1-2, Merino 1-1, Spagnola 0-2). Rebounds--Illinois-Springfield 45 (Ramsey 15), Quincy 30 (J. Ruzevich 5). Assists--Illinois-Springfield 17 (Patterson 7), Quincy 16 (Hickey 4). Steals--Illinois-Springfield 6 (Patterson, Sangster 2), Quincy 11 (J. Ruzevich 3). Blocked shots--Illinois-Springfield 3 (Ramsey, Mefford, Pitchford), Quincy 1 (Low). Turnovers--Illinois-Springfield 20, Quincy 12. Fouls--Illinois-Springfield 21, Quincy 22. Fouled out--Meissner, Merino. Officials--Scott Fruehling, Steven Miller, Reba McBurrows.

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