FOREST CITY, IOWA: The Grace University women's basketball team traveled to Waldorf University in Forest City, Iowa, on Tuesday, January 23. Earlier this season, the Royals hosted the Warriors and won 63-59. After being up by 1 at 35-34 at halftime, the Royals fell to the Warriors 59-72. The Royals' season record now stands at 11-12.
In their second matchup of the season, the Royals and the Warriors played each other evenly for most of the game. The Warriors gained an early 2-7 lead, but the Royals rallied for their first lead of the night six minutes into the game when they pulled ahead at 8-7. They continued to build their lead, increasing it to 6 points at 15-9 with two minutes left in the first quarter. By the beginning of the second quarter, the score was 18-15. The Royals held onto their lead for the first three minutes of the second half, when the Warriors pulled ahead at 20-22. The rest of the half, the two teams exchanged baskets; neither gained more than a 5-point lead. A half-court, last-second shot from Karen Orozco gave the Royals a 35-34 advantage at halftime.
In the second half, the two teams exchanged baskets for a few minutes until the Warriors went on a 9-0 run to bring the score to 39-47. By the end of the quarter, the Royals were only down by 4 at 48-52. In the fourth quarter, the Royals brought the score within 3 points, but they were unable to regain the lead. The Warriors outscored the Royals 9-2 in the last five minutes of the game, ensuring the Royals' defeat. The final score was 59-72.
The Royals shot 37.1% from the field (23 of 62), 27.6% from the 3-point line (8 of 29), and 71.4% from the free throw line (5 of 7). The Warriors shot 51.9% from the field, 31.6% from the 3-point line (6 of 19), and 66.7% from the free throw line (10 of 15). The Royals grabbed 29 rebounds and had 13 assists and 12 steals. The Warriors had 41 rebounds, 21 assists, and 14 steals. The Royals had 18 points off turnovers, 7 second-chance points, and 7 bench points, while the Warriors had 28 points off turnovers, 19 second-chance points, and 21 bench points.
Three of the Royals scored in double digits, led by Karen Orozco with a game-high 20 points. Orozco also contributed 6 rebounds. Tschida Johnson had 13 points and 4 rebounds, while Darielle Evans had 11 points, 6 assists, and 6 steals.
Four of the Warriors scored in double digits. Taylor Fricke had 18 points, and Kayley Camerer had 16 points. Michaela Graffunder had 14 points, and Morgan Straight had 11 points.
UP NEXT: The Royals will return to action at home on Saturday, February 3, at 1 p.m. They will host Oglala-Lakota College.
By Loretta Gamboe, SID Staff