GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Lourdes University took to the road against its first nationally-ranked opponent of the season on Saturday afternoon, falling at #6 Davenport 79-61 at the DU Student Center in Grand Rapids, Mich.
"Even though we lost today I thought we played with lots of energy and enthusiasm," head coach Zareth Gray said after the game.
Tarynn Hampton (Saint Louis, Mo./Alton H.S.) came off of the bench to lead the Gray Wolves with 13 points while also pulling down 15 rebounds to complete her double-double. Ty Ali (Chicago, Ill./Rich South H.S.) added 10 points and two steals while Tiffani Blackman (Toledo, Ohio/Start H.S.) chipped in eight points.
A 13-1 run midway through the first half gave Davenport an early 30-13 lead with seven minutes to play before halftime. The Panthers continued to increase the advantage before break, taking a 44-21 lead into the locker room.
Davenport increased the lead to as many as 32, 65-33, with nine minutes to play before the Gray Wolves fought back. A 21-6 run, cut the deficit to 17 following a Lauren Tilden (Ravenna, Ohio/Ravenna H.S.) three-pointer with just under four minutes to play. Lourdes continued to battle, pulling to within 75-61 heading into the final minute before Davenport added four free throws to close out the game.
Lourdes shot 42.9% from the floor for the game but the Gray Wolves were hindered by 28 turnovers. Defensively Lourdes held Davenport to just 34.8% shooting but the Panthers committed just 11 miscues on the night. The Gray Wolves also outrebounded the hosts 49-32 on the afternoon.
"I thought we played well defensively despite giving up 79 points," Gray added. "We did a very good job on the boards. We just can't have 28 turnovers. That's what did us in. They pressed us the whole way and you have to give them credit."
Karli Harris led Davenport (8-0, 4-0 WHAC) with 19 points while Emily Nielsen had 13 more. Harris also handed out five assists.
Lourdes (3-6, 1-3) will return to action on Tuesday evening, hosting Aquinas at the Stroh Center on the campus of Bowling Green State University. Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m.