Warrior Women Fall to Bruins

The Warriors had plenty of fight Sunday against visiting Bellevue, but sometimes fight doesn’t show up on the scoreboard.
Turnovers, and offensive rebounds by the Bruins, ended up spoiling a strong Waldorf effort as the Warrior women’s basketball team fell 60-51 in North Star Athletic Association action Sunday at the Hanson Fieldhouse.
“I liked our teams’ fight tonight, especially when we hit some low spots,” Waldorf head coach Katie Schutjer said. “Unfortunately, turnovers hurt us tonight and we weren’t allowed to develop any offensive flow because of it.
“We also gave them a few too many offensive boards, and they capitalized on some of them at crucial times in the game.”
The Bruins forced 26 turnovers and outrebounded Waldorf 23-7 on the offensive end, yet the Warriors’ fight nearly overcame those hurdles.
Early on the hosts led 13-11 after a Morgan Straight 3-pointer, were up 17-12 on a Georgina Wirth layup, and grabbed a 24-20 advantage early in the second quarter after a Kayley Cravens triple.
The Bruins took control, though, as nine turnovers fueled a glacial 11-0 run over the next five minutes.
The Warriors (4-9 overall, 2-3 NSAA) kept up their fight, erasing a seven-point deficit with an 8-2 push in the third quarter, a run capped up a Wirth bucket, only to see offensive rebounds help Bellevue pull away again.
Five second-chance points helped the Bruins go up 45-36, and another offensive board helped Bellevue to a 49-38 edge early in the fourth.
Once again, the Warriors fought back as Michaela Graffunder had five points and Angie Gore scored four more to close the gap to 49-47.
That was the closest Waldorf got, though, as the Bruins (8-7, 2-2) answered with an 8-0 run, then held on for the win.
“It was a very stagnant game for us until the fourth quarter, but I did like the fight we continued to have, especially in the fourth quarter,” Schutjer said.
Straight led the way for Waldorf in the game, scoring 13 points, while Taylor Fricke and Gore each scored eight. Fricke also grabbed a team-high five rebounds for Waldorf, which now is off for the Christmas break until Dec. 29, when the Warriors play a non-conference game at Mount Marty.