Another Day, Another Lewis Upset Win

Posted: March 6, 2011 in News
Sam Rinehart

Lewis' Sam Rinehart didn't miss a shot in Saturday's upset over Wisconsin-Parkside. Rinehart scored 9 points and had 6 rebounds in the victory (GLVCSports.com)

ST. LOUIS, MO — It’s becoming a routine for the Lewis Flyers women’s basketball team to pull off shocking upsets on the road day in and day out. That’s the beauty of being low seeds who advance in conference tournaments – there’s no pressure to win.

The tournament for Lewis University has turned from a feel good story to a legitimate chance to capture the school’s first GLVC Tournament crown and clinch a spot in the regional round of the NCAA Division II Women’s National Championship.

The Flyers (14-15) proved that its Cinderella run in this year’s Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament was more than smoke and mirrors. Lewis collected its third straight tournament victory be defeating division rival Wisconsin-Parkside 64-56 in Saturday’s semifinal matchup.

Lewis defensively won the ball game by controlling the basketball and taking slow-paced possessions while on offense. The team committed only 8 turnovers and shot 44.0% (22-50) from the floor.

Free throws were another component to the win. As a team, Lewis shot 17-24 from the charity stripe. Wisconsin-Parkside only took 4 free throw attempts all night, making just one. Senior Kady Currin led the way for the Flyers by making 7-8 from the free throw line.

The Rangers (22-6) saw their best players, forwards Brittany Beyer and Brittany Hogen, in early foul trouble. Both All-GLVC third teamers had success in the paint as Hogen lead UWP with 16 and Beyer chipped in 14 points. All-GVC first team guard Jadee Rooney was a non-factor in the outcome. Rooney, who averaged 15.3 points per game, scored just 5 and shot 2-10 from the floor.

The Flyers countered with big days from it’s bigs. Redshirt junior Devon Carbaugh was effective coming off the bench to score a team high 13 points. Currin’s performance at the line resulted in her scoring 12 points and dishing out 5 assists. Senior Jenny Turpel also posted double-digit points with 11. Junior Lory Shaw had a similar performance to her outing Friday against Drury, scoring 6 points but grabbing a team high 8 boards.

It seems almost appropriate that the Flyers finally advance to the conference tournament championship game after first defeating the Rangers. Wisconsin-Parkside had won both regular season meetings between the clubs. The Rangers won by 12 points both times, 73-61 on Feb. 4 in Kenosha, WI and 63-51 on Feb. 12 in Romeoville, IL.

On an interesting side note, this win keeps the women’s basketball team perfect in the state of Missouri this season. Lewis won on the road against Maryville, Missouri-St. Louis and Rockhurst in the regular season. The Flyers also have conference tournament wins against Missouri S&T in Rolla, MO last weekend and this weekend’s games versus Drury and Wisconsin-Parkside at Moloney Arena at Maryville University. The school this season is 5-1 against teams from Missouri, with the only blemish being a Drury win in Romeoville on Jan. 20.

The Flyers have defeated the conference tournament’s number 4, 3, and 2 seeds in succession. They now face the No. 5 seeded Indianapolis Greyhounds (15-12) for the conference’s automatic berth into March Madness. Indianapolis was originally seeded No. 8 for the opening weekend of the tournament prior to the re-seeding of the field. At that time, Lewis was the No. 9 team.

A No. 8 vs. No. 9 matchup for a conference championship? Only in the month of March. Both teams are on the outside looking in at the region’s top eight teams who receive at-large invitations to national title field. The only absolute way to punch a ticket will be to win Sunday.

Tip-off is at 3:30pm live from the Moloney Arena in St. Louis, MO. The game can be heard live on WLRA Radio by listening online at www.wlraradio.com. Brett Lyons will have the call of the game. Pre-game begins on-air at 3:15.

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