Women's College Basketball

Hawks' second-half charge comes up short

Maddie Spagnola
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jan. 10, 2019 12:01 am Updated: Jan. 11, 2019 1:10 am

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Quincy University women's basketball coach Jeni Garber has been preaching to the Hawks the need to force the issue on the offensive end.

"If you're the aggressor, good things happen," Garber said.

The second half of Thursday night's 73-66 loss to Bellarmine at Knights Hall is the perfect example of that.

The Hawks trailed by 22 points at halftime, but their tenacity and effort at the start of the third quarter led to a 14-0 run lasting seven minutes. Ultimately, Quincy trimmed the deficit to six points on five separate occasions, but never got closer.

Still, the Hawks left with the idea they can compete with anyone in the Great Lakes Valley Conference if they play with that aggression.

"We did a great job of staying in it and I'm proud of the them for fighting and never giving up," Garber said. "We really dug in defensively."

Trailing 43-21 at halftime after scoring just five points in the second quarter, the Hawks (4-10, 2-3 GLVC) held the Knights scoreless their first 11 possessions of the second half. Bellarmine went 0 of 5 from the field with four missed 3-pointers and committed six turnovers.

"We had to stop them from scoring in the paint," said Garber, who switched defenses at halftime. "We were able to get pressure on the ball and get some stops."

At the same time, Quincy started finishing on offense. The Hawks scored eight points off turnovers during that stretch and eventually closed within 47-41 on Maddie Spagnola's drive with 12 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

However, the Knights' Mikayla Berry drilled a 3-pointer from the left wing as time expired to make it a nine-point game.

"That was a little bit of a backbreaker," Garber said. "It was a momentum killer. It hurt."

The Knights (8-4, 2-2 GLVC) held off the Hawks in the fourth quarter by making 10 straight free throws to end the game.

Spagnola led the Hawks with 23 points, while Aleksandra Petrovic had 19 points and seven rebounds. Berry led four Knights in double figures with 16 points.

Bellarine 73, Quincy 66

QUINCY (4-10, 2-3 GLVC)

Spagnola 7-10 6-10 23, Gronewold 5-13 0-0 11, Low 2-4 0-0 4, Merino 0-5 1-2 1, Schraufnagel 0-1 0-0 0, Petrovic 7-13 2-2 19, Doyle 2-5 3-4 7, Gobald 0-2 1-2 1, Hickey 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 23-55 13-20 66.

BELLARMINE (8-4 2-2 GLVC)

Berry 6-12 0-0 16, Torrens 3-5 6-6 15, Tibbs 6-10 2-4 14, Schwartz 6-8 0-2 14, Deel 1-4 0-0 2, Scott 1-2 44 6, Downey 2-5 0-0 5, Hunter 0-1 1-2 1, Harney 0-0 0-0 0, Brown 0-0 0-0 0, Van Dyke 0-3 0-0 0, Feldkamp 0-2 0-0 0, Dowell 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-52 13-18 73.

Quincy 16 5 20 25--66

Bellarmine 24 19 7 23--73

3-point field goals--Quincy 7-22 (Spagnola 3-5, Petrovic 3-4, Gronewold 1-6, Merino 0-3, Gobald 0-2, Hickey 0-2), Bellarmine 10-25 (Berry 4-10, Torrens 3-5, Schwartz 2-4, Downey 1-3, Scptt 0-1, Hunter 0-1, Van Dyke 0-1). Rebounds--Quincy 33 (Petrovic 7), Bellarmine 32 (Tibbs 6). Assists--Quincy 14 (Gronewold 5), Bellarmine 14 (Torrens 5). Steals--Quincy 11 (Gronewold 4), Bellarmine 5 (Torrens, Schwartz 2). Blocked shots--Quincy 2 (Low 2), Bellarmine 5 (Berry 2). Turnovers--Quincy 19, Bellarmine 19. Fouls--Quincy 22, Bellarmine 17. Fouled out--Schwartz. Officials--Todd Moistner, Natosha Harris, Cole Womack.