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    Women's Basketball - D1-D2 - Fri, Oct. 30, 2015

    MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Oct. 30, 2015) – Playing their first game of the season in front of their home crowd, the No. 11 Cardinal Stritch University Wolves (1-0) defeated the No. 2 Davenport University Panthers,  67-62.

    Monica Hinderer (Arlington Heights, Ill.) scored the very first basket of the night for Wolves at the 8:21 mark in the first quarter. DU answered with a  9-0 run, before Mika Passini (Middleton, Wis.) snapped the Wolves drought with a trey (2:30). The Panthers led 12-9 at the end of the quarter.

    Three minutes into the second period, Amanda Merz sunk a free throw to put DU up by three (16-13). A jumper by Maranda Huibregtse (Oostburg, Wis.) cut the deficit to one. Just over two minutes later, Stritch took the lead, and scored the next six points (24-16). Heading into halftime, the Pack were up 28-20, after holding the Panthers to twenty-six percent from the field (6-23).

    Back-to-back triples by Passini and Emily Neitzel (Lomira, Wis.) midway through the third lengthened the margin to 17 points (41-24). Stritch led by as many as 19 throughout the quarter, but held the lead at 51-36 going into the fourth.

    Slowly, the Panthers began chipping away at the score. DU got hot, draining four threes to bring the score to 59-56 with less than three to play. Two free-throws by Janessa Baker (Bartlett, Ill.) pushed the Wolves cushion to five. 

    With 0:13 on the clock, Tiesha Stokes snagged an offensive board and put back, slicing the score to three. Huibregtse was fouled, swishing two free throws to seal the deal.

    Stritch shot 64 percent from beyond the arc and 47 percent in the game to top Davenport 67-62.

    "Although you can tell both teams were playing their first game, I was happy with our toughness and composure," stated Head Coach John Pfaffl. "I felt we really defended well and luckily enough their 18 offensive boards did not change the result."

    Passini was perfect from three, knocking down four triples and a game high 14 points.

    Kelli Schrauth (Campbellsport, Wis.) counted some big baskets in her college debut, shooting 5-for-7 from the floor, booking 10 points. Huibregtse recorded nine points and a game high six assists.

    Tiesha Stokes led Davenport with 13 points. Molly Babbs posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

    The Wolves hit the court again at home Nov. 6 and 7 for the Radisson Classic. For updates on women's basketball, follow @StritchWolves on Twitter and like us at Facebook.com/StritchWolves.

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