Ice Cold Shooting Dooms Women's Basketball

Jan 6, 2016

DUBUQUE, Iowa - The University of Dubuque women's basketball team posted their second-lowest shooting percentage of the season (23.8%) en route to an 89-54 defeat versus No. 16 Wartburg in both teams' Iowa Conference opener on Wednesday night.

The Spartans (5-7, 0-1 Iowa Conference) mustered a season-low 1 of 16 from the floor in the first quarter and faced an uphill battle and 42-22 deficit at the half. Both Emily Brinker and Abbey Meyer tried to keep UD in it down the stretch, but it wasn't enough to overcome Wartburg's 64.3 percent shooting in the second half.

Brinker tallied a team-high 21 points on 7 of 22 shooting and Meyer scored 15 points with three assists while playing with four fouls for most of the second half.

Wartburg (11-1, 1-0 Iowa Conference), coming off a pair of victories over Top-20 opponents, secured their biggest win of the season thanks to a 14-for-23 (60.9%) performance from downtown and 52.5 percent overall. Sophomore Kristie Sommer was lights out after posting a game-high 24 points on 8 of 10 shooting from three-point range.

UD dropped to 23-51 in the all-time series as the Knights have won three straight. The Spartans will look to end their skid when they face Wartburg again on February 17.

Looking to bounce back in game two of the conference slate, the Spartans take on Luther College (9-3, 1-0 IIAC) at home this Saturday, January 9 at 2:00 p.m. The Norse handled Central 65-39 in their IIAC opener on Wednesday night.