The Lady RedHawks of Indiana University Northwest lost their second-round contest with Spalding University 89-54 on Thursday, ending their bid to win the team’s first-ever postseason tournament.
But IU Northwest still plays on in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association National Tournament, with a consolation game at 1 p.m. Eastern time on Friday at the Penn State—Greater Allegheny campus in McKeesport, Pa. The Lady RedHawks will now be playing for a chance to advance to the third-place title game on Saturday; their opponent was to be determined in a later game on Thursday.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game if we didn’t come out strong early,” said head coach Ryan Shelton after the game. “They just had more energy on defense than we did. They did a good job of pressuring our guards, and that made it difficult to get the ball inside to our big people.”
Spalding, as the second seed in the women’s tournament, enjoyed a bye on Wednesday, which left them fresh for Thursday’s game and allowed them to watch the Lady RedHawks in action yesterday.
“We just had too many turnovers, and when we did get opportunities we didn’t capitalize on them,” Shelton said. “We only had one three-pointer, and that was by Sharon Houston.”
Shelton said that statistics for Thursday’s game, which were supposed to be provided by USCAA officials, had not been made available to the team as of 5 p.m.
The IU Northwest men’s team, which lost in the opening round to Rochester College on Wednesday, was scheduled to play an evening consolation game on Thursday.