Story by Jackson Moore, Reporter
The Aquinas Women’s basketball team hosted the Madonna Crusaders late Monday night. The 7 p.m. tip off saw Aquinas’ offense explode instantly, jumping out to an 11 point lead. The first quarter would end 13-5 for the home team, but not before Isabel Reemsnyder would squeak in a buzzer beater after rebounding a missed shot.
The second quarter saw the Crusaders mount a comeback, scoring three times unanswered. A well-placed time out by Coach Brian Morris allowed AQ to reset and go on a run of their own, ending the second quarter up 24-16.
AQ took over during the third quarter backed by Marissa Brady, who tallied 28 total points on the night, running the score up on the Crusaders. Quality zone defense, fast transition play, and clinical finishing in the paint slingshotted AQ to a commanding 47-29 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
The Crusaders were unsuccessful in battling back against the Saints despite posting a 25 point fourth quarter thanks to the 22 points the Saints posted, putting the game out of reach. A decisive 69-54 victory saw Aquinas gain a massive three points over a conference rival improving their record to 14-13 overall, and 9-8 in Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) play.
The Saints currently sit in fifth position in the WHAC standings with three games left to play. On Wednesday, Feb. 9, the Saints head to Southfield, Michigan, to play a crucial game against sixth seed Lawerence Tech that could determine where the two teams finish in the standings heading into playoffs.
The Saints wrap up their season at home, playing their last two games of the regular season on Feb. 12 and Feb. 16 against Siena Heights and Rochester respectively at the Sturrus Sports and Fitness Center.