The UW-Parkside women’s basketball team frittered away a 13-point lead in the second half in falling to Quincy 56-55 in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game Friday night at DeSimone Gymnasium.
Quincy took the lead for good on a Maggie Cunningham 3-pointer with 13.5 seconds left.
“Our goal was to give up no threes and she nailed one,” said first-year UWP coach Jacob Yorg whose team dropped to 4-5 by losing its GLVC opener.
“She made a big-time three and that’s what matters.”
UWP’s Gaby Bronson didn’t draw iron on a drive to the basket with about :02 to go.
“We were trying to get the best shot we could with 13 seconds,” Yorg said.
“We wanted to make sure that the shot that went up was going to be the best chance we have. The shot that was selected was the one that was selected and what happened happened.”
Danielle Slivka and Bronson each scored 13 to lead Parkside while Tara Knapstein and Maddie Johnston each had 11.
Cunningham led Quincy (9-1, 2-0) with 12 points.
UWP shot 50 percent from the field in taking a 36-31 lead at halftime. Parkside’s lead peaked at 46-33 on a Bronson basket with 15:48 to go.
The Rangers made just eight baskets, shot 31 percent from the floor and were 0-of-6 on 3-pointers in the second half.
“You have to take good shots,” Yorg said. “Good teams take good shots. We didn’t.”
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