Women's Basketball Can't Keep Up with Cardinals in 109-97 Defeat

Dec 19, 2015

DUBUQUE, Iowa - The University of Dubuque women's basketball team fell to North Central, 109-97, despite a season-high 24 points from Abbey Meyer and the Cardinals unique style of play that featured 70 three-point attempts.

It was a back-and-forth game from the get-go thanks to North Central's launch-and-go-style that featured 45 three-point attempts in the first half, eight short of their season average of 53 per game. The Spartans (3-6) held the Cardinals to 14 of 45 from downtown, but fell victim to North Central's hectic full court press and hockey-like substitutions in committing a season-high 20 turnovers in the first half. UD scored a season-best 49 points in a 19-point deficit at half.

After falling behind by 26 points midway through the third quarter, the Spartans cut the North Central lead to 98-91 with 3:32 remaining. The Cardinals held off UD with an ensuing 11-4 run to close out their second-straight victory over the Spartans.

The Spartan defense held the Cardinals to 7 of 25 (28.0%) shooting from three-point land in the second and 21-for-70 (30.0%) on the game. UD finished with a season-high 97 points, 18 more points than their previous high of 79 points in victory over UW-Stout.

Meyer finished 9-for-10 from the free throw line and also added nine rebounds and two assists. Junior Emily Brinker tallied 20 points and 10 rebounds as the Spartan starters outscored their Cardinal counterparts, 63-23. Inversely, the Spartan bench were outdone, 86-34.

UD drops to 2-3 all-time against the Cardinals.

The Spartans team up with the UD men's basketball in hosting the UD Jon Davison Classic on December 29-30. UD faces Defiance (Ohio) College at 5:00 p.m. on December 29 and either Grinnell or Augustana at 1:00 p.m. on December 30. Of the three other women's teams competing, all three are coached by Spartan basketball alumni.