Western falls to Iowa, 70-49
Courtesy: Teri LaJeunesse  
Release: Thursday 12/22/2007
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Senior Gina Hugelier has tallied at least 14 points in five of the...

IOWA CITY, Iowa Senior Gina Hugelier tallied 16 points for the Western Illinois women’s basketball team, but it was not enough as the Westerwinds (3-8, 1-0 The Summit League) fell to Iowa, 70-49.

The Elmhurst, Ill., native has recorded at least 14 points in five of the last six games for Western. She also added three rebounds and three assists in today’s game.

“They really over-powered us in the second half,” said head coach Leslie Crane. “But I think that we played really well and did some good things. They are supposed to be that way with us, but our team kept fighting.”

Hugelier started the scoring off for Western with 17:50 remaining in the first half to tie the game at three. The Hawkeyes’ (7-4, 0-0 Big Ten) Wendy Ausdemore scored the first six points for Iowa with back-to-back three-pointers in less than three minutes of play.

With just over 14 minutes remaining the Hawkeyes started a four-point run to pull out to a four-point lead (12-8). The Westerwinds responded and tied the game at 12 with a four-point run of their own.

Western then held Iowa scoreless for just over two minutes and took its only lead of the game (17-15). The advantage was short-lived as Ausdemore hit a three-point shot to give the Hawkeyes’ the lead.

The teams then traded baskets for the next five minutes until Iowa started a 16-4 run to end the half with a 41-29 advantage.

The Westerwinds opened up the second half with strong defense, holding the Hawkeyes scoreless until 18:46. Iowa then responded with a seven-point run over the next two minutes to pull ahead by 16 points.

The Hawkeyse then showed strong defense of their own, holding Western scoreless for the next 6:30. The Westerwinds also stepped up their defense during the span and only allowed Iowa to garner four points and held them scoreless for 3:30 in the same stretch.

Western now has 10 days off before its next game. The Westerwinds continue their five-game road trip when they travel to Manhattan, Kan., to battle Kansas State, January 2, 2008 at 7 p.m. The final two games of the trip will be Summit League games against UMKC (January 5, 2008) and Southern Utah (January 7, 2008).

Notes: Hugelier tallied Western’s first eight points of the game...this is the first time that the Westerwinds have faced a Big Ten opponent since December 28, 2005 when they defeated Wisconsin, 70-61...Western recorded 13 offensive rebounds to Iowa’s 11.

Western Illinois head coach Leslie Crane

“Tonight we just didn’t shoot the ball well. I’m not displeased with what we did, it was just one of those days when the shots wouldn’t go down.”

“Every game that we play we have to take positives out of it for the future. Overall it was a good performance. I liked the intensity and the fight that we had. Defensively we made them do a lot of different things.”

“It is all about our conference racecoming up. We are not going to see teams like this in the conference, but we have to take the things that we learned tonight into those games.”

“If we can rebound with this team then we can rebound with any team in our conference.”

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