OTTAWA — Two old rivalries battled through past injuries and new ones Monday at Marquette, but St. Bede came away with a 50-42 victory over the Lady Crusaders in Bader Gymnasium.
The Lady Bruins — already without several players due to injury — had senior Lydia Stariha leave with a head injury but returned late in the fourth quarter to hit all four of her attempts from the free throw line to help seal the victory.
“It doesn’t have to be pretty. It’s a win in my book,” Lady Bruins coach Tom McGunnigal said. “We definitely should’ve bought stock in immobilizers, crutches and Advil, that’s for sure, but we cut down on our turnovers and establishing Mo (Dean) down low early was big for us.”
The Lady Crusaders lost Alice Salt early to a head injury, but she was unable to return to the contest limiting Marquette, as well.
“Losing Alice would be a big loss,” Marquette coach Todd Hopkins said. “But we’ll deal with it like we always do. Tonight, St. Bede was just a better team. We played with a lot of heart, but we’re not built to come back from 10 or 12 points.”
The Lady Crusaders went on a 10-2 run in the third quarter behind two jumpers apiece from Kendall Kaufmann and Angela Evola to cut the SBA lead to 36-28.
When Dean picked up her third foul, Marquette looked to get even closer.
However, the Lady Bruins responded with Laura Sickley finding Raley Mauck for a bucket, and then Lexie Miranda drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key to help push the lead back to 42-32 heading into the fourth quarter.
“We went into the third and came out of the third with a 10-point lead, which was huge,” McGunnigal said. “We have been learning to play like that all year with players going out. We had only eight girls dressed tonight. We’ve been learning to play in tough spots, and tonight was no different.”
In the fourth quarter, Gama got hot as she converted a steal into a layup before she drained a 3-pointer to pull the Cru to 42-37.
However, both offenses struggled for most of the fourth, which led to Marquette having to commit fouls late. The Lady Bruins responded hitting 6 of 7 from the line to take the win.
Dean was the difference throughout the first half and beginning of the second half.
A number of her rebounds led to five early points to give the Lady Bruins a 14-10 lead after the first period.
A couple of putbacks to go along with a couple of long-range shots from Mauck and Miranda gave St. Bede a 28-18 halftime lead.
Dean led all scorers with 18 points, while Mauck added 10 for SBA. Miranda and Kelsey Thompson chipped in with eight points apiece.
For Marquette, Gama had a team-high 14 points, while Evola added 9.
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