The Gray Wolves held the lead through three quarters on Saturday afternoon, but Lawrence Tech rallied from 17 points down in the fourth quarter to pick up a 58-56 victory inside the Russell J. Ebeid Recreation Center.
“Lawrence Tech is a very disciplined team,” said head coach John Kenger following the contest. “I’m proud of our effort and the energy we had today. We just need to learn how to close out games and be more disciplined.”
Lourdes came out firing to open the contest after Daija Stafford (Louisville, Ky./Moore) nailed back-to-back three pointers and Jami Hardy (Perrysburg, Ohio/Cardinal Stritch) hit a jumper to help the Gray Wolves open an 8-2 lead.
After Lawrence Tech hit a jumper to cut the Gray Wolf lead to 20-11 midway through the opening stanza, Lourdes scored the final four points of the quarter to take a 24-11 after one period. The Gray Wolves would continue their run and score the first eight points of the second quarter fueled by two three-pointers from Sirena Pitts (Orlando, Fla./Ocoee) to take a 32-11 lead early in the second period.
With Lourdes holding a 43-23 lead midway through the third period, Lawrence Tech (15-4, 7-2 WHAC) went on a quick 5-0 run to cut the lead to 43-28. Two free throws from Ramiah Henry (Toledo, Ohio/Waite) to end the quarter helped Lourdes cling to a 45-28 lead heading into the final period.
Lawrence Tech slowly chipped away at the Gray Wolf lead and used a 10-1 run late in the fourth to cut the lead 54-50 with 2:22 remaining in the contest.
LaTyrah Beasley (Toledo, Ohio/Bowsher) hit a layup with 1:54 remaining to push the lead to 56-50, but a three-pointer followed by what would prove to be the game-winning jumper from Nicole Buckingham with 22.4 seconds left helped lift the visitors to a 58-56 victory.
Hardy led the way for the Gray Wolves, tallying her third career double-double and second of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Beasley added 11 points for Lourdes and Stafford chipped in nine points on 3-of-9 shooting from three-point range.
The Blue Devils had three athlete in double figures, led by an 18-point effort from Danielle Hanson.
Lourdes finished 20-of-58 (34.5%) from the field, including 8-of-19 (42.1%) from behind the arc. Lawrence Tech went 22-of-65 (33.8%) from the floor and finished 8-of-30 (26.7%) from three-point range.
Lourdes steps outside of the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference and returns to action on Monday afternoon on the road at Great Lakes Christian with a 3 p.m. tipoff.