Warriors Return From Break With Win

Submitted by: Ron Smith - December 30th, 2004


After a 23 day break from competition, the Warriors notched a non-league victory over visiting Midland Lutheran (Neb.) 73-66.

The first half was a see-saw battle in which neither team gained more than a five point advantage. Westmont built an early 6-2 advantage on field goals by Sarah Uhlman, Julia Morrow and Megan Fate, but Midland Lutheran answered with a 7-0 run on baskets by Rebecca Garrelts and Shari Elofson. The Warriors scored the next 8 points on a field goal and three pointer by Stephanie Anderson and three free throws by Meghan O’Donogue. O’Donogue was a perfect 11 for 11 from the free throw line which sets a Westmont record for the most field goals made without a miss in a single game and which ties a school record for most field goals made in one game.

Trailing by 5 points (16-11) with just over ten minutes left in the half, Midland Lutheran’s Liz Sneed and Angie Sullivan connected from three-point range to take the lead. Two lead changes and two ties later, O’Donogue drained a three to break a 23-23 tie. Julia Morrow followed with a lay-up giving the Warriors a five point advantage with 4:52 remaining on the clock. Midland Lutheran battled back, however, and took a one point lead (32-31) three seconds before the intermission on two made free throws by Allie Rippe.

In the second half, Midland Lutheran built a six run lead and held it despite improved shooting by Westmont. Megan Fate and Dani Russell scored from beyond the arc to tie the game at 43-43 at the 16:02 mark. After a basket by Elofson, Anderson connected on another three-pointer to give Westmont a one point advantage and begin a 9-0 run. The first of three technical fouls called on the Midland Lutheran bench resulted in O’Donogue sinking two more free throws. Uhlman extended the run with two baskets to give the Warriors a 52-45 lead with 12:25 remaining in the contest.

After Sneed nailed a jumper for Midland Lutheran, Uhlman struck again on a jumper in the paint. O’Donogue gave the Warriors the largest lead of the night after making two more free throws following Midland’s second technical foul.

After a time out, Midland Lutheran mounted a 9-0 run to tie the game at 56 with 8:38 to go in the contest. The two teams continued trading points resulting in a 63-63 tie with five minutes to go. Seconds later Midland Lutheran’s bench was cited for it’s third technical foul and Head Coach Joanne Bracker was ejected from the game. Once again O’Donogue connected on both free throws. Kendra Kuncle scored for Midland Lutheran on a lay-up to record the contest’s tenth tie.

Uhlman hit a field goal at the four minute mark and Morrow connected on a jumper to give the Warriors a four point advantage with 3:18 to go. In the next three minutes each team scored only on one free throw. With 18 seconds remaining, Morrow notched the game’s final field goal to give the Warriors a five point advantage. Fittingly, O’Donogue accounted for the final margin by landing two final free throws.

O’Donogue finished with 21 points while Morrow recorded a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds. Uhlman tallied 16 points and seven rebounds. Fate produced seven assists in addition to five rebounds.

Midland Lutheran was led by Rebecca Garrelts with 23 points and eight rebounds. Shari Elofson added 18 points and eight rebounds.

The Warriors return to GSAC play with a road game at Fresno Pacific on Tuesday, January 4th at 5:30 p.m. On Thursday they return to Murchison Gymnasium to take on Concordia, also at 5:30 p.m.