Women’s Basketball Still in Contention Despite Loss

Feb 17, 2016

WAVERLY, Iowa – The University of Dubuque women’s basketball team is still in contention for the final Iowa Conference tournament seed with one game remaining despite a 70-57 defeat at the hands of Wartburg on Wednesday night.

The Spartans (8-16, 3-10 Iowa Conference) are still alive thanks to Coe’s loss to Luther. With a win against Central and a Coe loss this Saturday, February 20, UD clinches the sixth and final Iowa Conference tournament seed.

Sophomore starting guard Abbey Meyer scored 13 points with a career-high three 3s and sophomore Kara Enos added 11 points and three rebounds off the bench to lead a Spartan team that was outrebounded, 42-29, and outdone in second-chance points, 16-3.

All five Wartburg (18-6, 8-5 Iowa Conference) starters registered at least five boards as they utilized their rebounding advantage and 50 percent shooting to go up 39-30 at the half.

UD guard Madison Boer’s three-pointer cut the Knights lead to eight early in the second half, but the Spartans would come no closer as Wartburg notched its biggest lead of 17 points midway through the fourth to pull away.

Junior forward Emily Brinker, ranked second in the Iowa Conference in scoring coming into tonight’s game, had another tough night from the field with four points, but added a team-high seven rebounds and three assists for the Spartans.

Wartburg utilized a balanced attack that featured four players in double figures led by forward Morgan Neuendorf’s game-high 17 points off the bench.

UD was swept by the Knights for the first time since 2009-10 season and dropped to 23-52 in the all-time series.

The Spartans host Central in a must-win game to secure their spot in the Iowa Conference tournament this Saturday, February 20 at 2:00 p.m. in Stoltz Sports Center. Central (4-20, 1-12 Iowa Conference) came away with a rare win against UD earlier this season and fell to Loras, 68-51, on Wednesday night.

Head Coach Mark Noll and his Spartans are 16-1 during his tenure against the Dutch.