AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – With less than one minute to go in regulation, the Rochester College Women's basketball team (6-7) allowed the Lourdes University Gray Wolves (3-11) to pull within 1 point. The Warriors not only were able to hang on to their lead, they mounted a late game run to earn their 6th win of the season after the 50-45 final.
The Warriors went on an early 10-2 run in the first half of play by forcing 6 Gray Wolves turnovers. Junior Meagan Heiden (Rochester Hills, MI/OCC) would get the Warriors off to the quick start scoring 4 of her 9 points in the first 5 minutes of play.
With 12:38 to go in the half, the Gray Wolves would go on a 7-0 run and pull within 1.
The fight would continue for the remainder of the half with both teams going on runs. The Warriors would have the 26-25 advantage at the half despite a last second Gray Wolves three pointer.
After the break, the Warriors would score the first 10 points of the second half to take a 36-25 lead. The Gray Wolves would again come back with a 14-2 run and take the lead with 8:00 on the clock.
Head Coach Eric Sims rallied his troops to a 7-point run to take a 6-point lead. The Gray Wolves, yet again, had the answer and pulled within one with 1:44 on the clock.
The Warriors would put the game away with clutch free throw shooting by junior Ke'ala Ka'aikala (Stanton, MI/Stanton) and senior Lexy Newsom (Rochester Hills, MI/Adams) both were successful on their attempts.
"I have to compliment Lourdes on their effort. They made some big plays down the stretch but we were able to hold them off," said Head Coach Eric Sims. "I think our zone did a good job on them but we had trouble knocking down shots. It was a nice NAIA win for our program and hopefully helped us get ready for the difficult upcoming games."
The Warriors finished the night shooting 30% from the field while the Gray Wolves shot 32.6%
Senior Sam Tomaschko (Romeo, MI/Romeo) led the Warriors with 11 points and 8 rebounds. Ka'akala scored 9 points.
The Warriors head across town to compete against NCAA DI Oakland University. Game time is slated for 6:30pm.