'Roo Women Cruise Past Colorado College; Men's Hoops Edged Late

’Roo Women Cruise Past Colorado College

SHERMAN, Texas – The Austin College women’s basketball team used a big second quarter to pull away from Colorado College and never looked back, topping the Tigers 76-51 on Saturday night in Hughey Gym. The ‘Roos improve to 11-4 overall and 5-0 in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play with the victory.

Colorado College used some hot shooting early to take a 9-8 lead on three treys to open the game, and after Austin College took a 12-9 lead the Tigers got another three to square things up with 2:01 left in the opening quarter. Austin College would close the quarter on a 7-2 run behind four points from Bryce Frank to lead 19-14 after one.

In the second quarter, the Austin College defense stepped up and the ‘Roos were able to create offense out of that defense, as 10 Colorado College turnovers in the quarter helped Austin College outscore the Tigers 26-12 in the frame. Six quick points from Chrissy Ray helped Austin College take its first double digit lead of the game, and three pointers from Kendall Heitmeier and Katie Gowdy, followed up by two free throws from Gowdy, gave the ‘Roos a 35-16 lead midway through the second.

Francesca Cendali scored the last six points of the quarter for Colorado College as the Tigers cut it to a 41-26 game, but a jumper from Ray and a basket by Kelly Lynch sent Austin College into halftime leading 45-26.

Colorado College opened the second half with a 6-2 run but Gowdy knocked down another three to make it 50-32, and after four straight points by the Tigers, the ‘Roos went on a 10-2 run capped off by a layup by Frank to push it to a 60-38 game with 3:35 left in the third. The ‘Roos would extend the lead to end the quarter and head into the fourth holding a 64-40 advantage.

Austin College got the lead up to 31 two times in the fourth quarter, with Kali Vittallo scoring to make it 75-44 with 5:21 to play, before both teams went to their benches and the ‘Roos cruised to an easy 76-51 victory. The ‘Roos hounded Colorado College into 33 turnovers on the night, including 19 in the first half as they built what proved to be an insurmountable lead.

Frank led all scorers with 15 points, and Vittallo added 12 points, five assists, and four rebounds. Ray added 12 points in the win, and Lynch hit 5-of-9 shots to score a career-best 11 points in the victory.

Korbyn Ukasick was the lone Colorado College player to hit double figures, knocking down 6-of-12 shots to finish with 14 points and five rebounds in the loss.

Austin College will be looking to keep its winning streak going next weekend when the ‘Roos play host to Schreiner on Friday and Trinity on Saturday. Saturday is also Alumni Day, with an Alumni Game to be played at noon.

Austin College Men Edged by Colorado College

SHERMAN, Texas – The Austin College men’s basketball team trailed by as much as 16 but fought back and had a chance to tie at the buzzer, but Brian Baehl’s last second shot just missed and the ‘Roos fell to Colorado College 61-58 on Saturday night in Hughey Gym. The ‘Roos are now 10-5 overall and 0-5 in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play.

The Tigers jumped out to a quick 7-2 lead before Alan Sullivan scored seven quick points to pull Austin College to within one at 10-9 with 13:41 on the clock, but eight straight for Colorado College made it an 18-9 game with 10:17 left. After a pair of Baehl free throws made it 23-15, the Tigers would go on a 9-1 run to extend the margin to 32-16 with 4:15 remaining in the opening half.

Sullivan scored four quick points, and after a Colorado College three made it 35-22, Josh Dickerman knocked down a pair of three pointers before the half to help the ‘Roos get the margin under double digits. Colorado College would get the last bucket of the half to head into the break leading Austin College 37-28.

Austin College came roaring back to start the second half, with Sullivan hitting back to back threes and Cedric Hudson scoring to make it a 37-36 game, and a triple from Jeremy Swisher gave Austin College its first lead of the game at 39-38 with 15:32 left to play. The ‘Roos pushed the lead to 43-39, but a three point play from James Lonergan, a follow dunk on a missed jumper from John Hatch, and a trey from Hatch gave the Tigers a 52-49 lead with 8:20 to play.

The ‘Roos would tie things up at 53 with 5:21 to play, but a 6-2 run by Colorado College made it a 59-55 game with 44 seconds remaining. Two free throws from Swisher pulled Austin College to within one at 59-58 with 17 seconds left, and after two free throws from Colorado College, Baehl had one final look at the buzzer, but his turnaround three pointer hit the back iron as time expired.

Sullivan hit 3-of-7 threes and 5-of-13 shots overall to finish with 19 points to lead the ‘Roos, adding seven rebounds in the loss. Baehl finished with 15 points and seven assists as the only other Austin College player to reach double figures.

Hatch and Lonergan each scored 14 for Colorado College, with Hatch adding nine rebounds and five blocked shots and Lonergan chipping in eight rebounds.

Austin College is home again next weekend when they host Schreiner University on Friday and Trinity University on Saturday. Saturday will also be Alumni Day for the ‘Roos, with an alumni game taking place at 12:00 p.m.

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