The UW-Parkside women’s basketball team charged back from a 16-point second-half deficit, but couldn’t complete the comeback in an 82-77 Great Lakes Valley Conference defeat to Bellarmine (Ky.) on Thursday at DeSimone Gymnasium.
The Rangers (6-10, 2-6 GLVC) led 42-41 at halftime, but Bellarmine ripped off a 18-0 run to turn a two-point deficit into a 63-47 advantage with 12 minutes remaining.
UWP committed six of its 20 turnovers during the five-minute flurry as the Knights flustered the Rangers with their fullcourt press.
“We knew it was coming,” UWP assistant coach Jordan Wilde said. “I just don’t think we knew to what extent it was going to be coming. They’re a shorter team than what we’ve seen lately. We weren’t expecting the quick, little players to get to us quite as much.”
The Rangers rallied in the final 10 minutes. A 3-pointer from the right wing by Danielle Slivka made it 73-71 with 3:11 left and Tara Knapstein’s steal and layup cut it to 75-73 with 1:24 to go.
Trailing 76-73 with under a minute to play, Knapstein and Slivka both missed on game-tying 3-point attempts and the Knights were 6-for-6 from the free-throw line in the final 13 seconds.
“ ‘Slivy’ has been shooting the ball really well,” Wilde said. “She’s our senior. She’s our leader. I’m perfectly confident in any shot that she takes — same with Tara. Tara is our shooter. When she’s on, she’s on. I’m not mad at any of those shots.”
Sarah Galvin scored a game-high 25 points to lead Bellarmine (9-7, 5-3).
Gaby Bronson led UWP with 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting. She also had six rebounds, six assists and two steals in 36 minutes. Slivka (11), Maddie Johnston (10) and Sarah Mlachnik (10) also scored in double figures.