Free throws separate William Woods, ending Pirates' season in AMC Women's Basketball Quarterfinals, 71-63
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(FULTON, Mo.) Jessica Madsen had 10 rebounds in her final game in a Park University uniform and Channell Mackey had a game-high 21 points and six assists, but the Pirates were unable to overcome a 19-3 advantage in made free throws for William Woods University, falling to the Owls at Anderson Arena (March 5) 71-63 in the 2014 American Midwest Conference Women's Basketball Quarterfinal Round.
Park (16-14) ends its season with its second-most wins under head coach Kenneth Cooper, finishing its last game of the season with two more double-digit scorers, Lauren LaBonde (11 points) and Lauren Maclin (10 points). Madsen's 10 rebounds gave Park a 33-28 advantage on the glass, but William Woods kept Park off the foul line, allowing only five Pirate trips to the stripe, all by Mackey, who was 3-for-5.
"It's frustrating to give up a 16-point advantage at the line like we did," Cooper said. "We did a good job rebounding, but it wasn't all at the free-throw line. We gave them a lot of good looks. I'm proud of the way we played, because it was a lot better than last night, and we did the things we needed to do to win. We just had mishaps we couldn't overcome at the end."
Park did force 17 William Woods turnovers, but the Owls were 58.5 percent from the floor, hitting 24-of-41, while Park was 27-for-68, 39.7 percent, and 6-of-13 from beyond the 3-point arc.
William Woods used a 67-percent second half shooting to put Park away late after Park led 55-54 with 7:22 to go on one of LaBonde's three triples in the game. The Owls had the next four points and led by four with 2:44 to go on a pair of Katie Scherder free throws, but Sydney Heard's three with 1:11 left tied the game at 63 before William Woods ended on an 8-0 run, including the final six points of the game at the free-throw line.
The Owls led by as many as 10 points in the second half, going up 48-38 on Kennedy Volkart's basket with 12:11 to go. Park used a 12-2 run to tie at 50 on Mackey's basket with 9:18 to go. Park also needed a run in the first half to close a six-point gap after the Owls erased the Pirates' 11-7 lead with a 10-0 run, going up 17-11 when Andraquay Quinnine made a 3-pointer with 11:26 in the half, two minutes after Amanda Laurenceau's basket that had the Pirates in front by four.
Taylor Lloyd cut the lead to one with 6:56 in the half, making it 19-18 after an offensive rebound on Christy Saldana's miss, and Jordan Brown made it one point with 1:55 left, scoring in the paint to make it 25-24. William Woods led 31-28 at the break, going up 31-26 before Lauren Maclin's basket five seconds in front of the halftime horn.
Quinnine and Blake French had 18 points each for the Owls, and French, along with Katie Scherder, had nine rebounds. Stephanie Copelin also reached double digits for William woods with 10 points, and Quinnine made three of the Owls' four 3-pointers, finishing 3-for-3 from beyond the arc.
William Woods (22-9) will play at Freed-Hardeman (30-1) in the AMC Women's Basketball Tournament Semifinals Friday at 7 p.m., in Henderson, Tenn.