Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mckendree Nips Lady Lions

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mckendree Nips Lady Lions

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The Lindenwood College women's basketball team came up a little short Thursday. Literally.

Down three points in the waning seconds of an American Midwest Conference game against McKendree (Ill.) College, the Lady Lions seemed to catch a break when Gwen Briscoe was fouled attempting a 3-pointer with two seconds to play.

Briscoe, a sophomore guard, calmly sank the first two shots. But her third attempt hit the front rim.

Lindenwood's Shannon Malek tried for the tip-in, but the ball ended up in the hands of McKendree's Brandi Higgins, who raced upcourt as time expired.

McKendree won 55-54 at the Lindenwood Athletic Complex in Bridgeton.

"We had our chances," Lindenwood coach Steve Crotz. "We had some good looks at the basket late and we just didn't hit the shots. I feel for Gwen - she was in a tough position - but without her, we never would've had a chance in the first place.

"And you have to give McKendree a lot of credit. They came in here and played hard. They earned the win tonight, no doubt about it."

With the loss, Lindenwood slipped to 14-9 overall and to 7-1 atop the AMC. McKendree is 18-9 and 5-2.

"Our games with Lindenwood are always pretty close," McKendree coach Ann DeBoe said. "But they always seem to find a way to pull it out. It was nice to see us come out on top for a change."

In an interesting move, DeBoe said the last-second foul on Briscoe was part of the Bearcats' strategy.

"She's a good outside shooter and with the three-point lead, we figured we were in a position to gamble a little," DeBoe said. "If they were going to tie it up, I wanted to make them to hit three shots instead of just one."

And considering that Lindenwood made just 14 of 22 free throws Thursday, DeBoe had the odds on her side.

"When you make 14 of 22 free throws and 18 of 62 field goals, you're not supposed to win," Crotz said. "We battled enough to keep it close tonight, but we really didn't play well enough to win.

"McKendree came in here tonight and played a strong game. On paper, McKendree's the best team in the conference."

Both teams started the game slowly; it took the Bearcats 3 minutes 15 seconds to put the game's first points on the board. …

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