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Women's Basketball Suffers First Conference Loss Against Webster

Photo credit: Tony LaRocca
Photo credit: Tony LaRocca

ST. LOUIS, Mo.—The Fontbonne University women's basketball team suffered its first conference loss on Saturday afternoon as they fell 83-72 against Webster.

Final: Webster 83, Fontbonne 72

Location: St. Louis, Mo.

Records: Webster (5-6; 3-1 SLIAC), Fontbonne (4-7; 3-1 SLIAC)

How It Happened

In the first quarter, the Griffins grabbed a 9-8 lead at the 5:29 mark on Mallory Proffer's 3-pointer. Webster regained the lead and stretched it out to 16-11 three minutes later on Taylor Zarr's made jumper.

Fontbonne closed out the quarter, though on a 4-1 run with Raven Venegas hitting her jumper just before the horn sounded to cut the deficit down to 17-15.

In the second quarter, the Gorloks scored the first four points to lead 21-15 on Addison Beussink's jumper. At the 8:38 mark, Rylee Stafford drained her 3-pointer to put Fontbonne down 23-22.

However, the Gorloks gained some separation between themselves and the Griffins with a 13-0 run in four minutes and six seconds time to own a 14-point advantage.

Fontbonne answered those final minutes going on a 13-6 run of its own, with eight of those points coming from Raven Venegas to put the Griffins down just 42-36 at the break. Both teams shot 50.0 percent from the floor in the second quarter and Raven Venegas dominated going 5-of-7 totaling 12 points in seven minutes of play.

In the third, the Gorloks expanded its lead back out to 10 (49-39) with 8:02 remaining on Jaysea Morgan's made layup. Despite the Griffins efforts, the Gorloks held onto its lead the rest of the way and headed into the fourth on top, 64-53.

In the finale, a 3-pointer from Proffer trimmed the Webster lead down to 72-64 with 6:54 remaining. Raven Venegas added a buck with 58.0 seconds left to make it a 79-71 contest, but the Gorloks connected on four late free throws to secure the 11-point win.

Inside The Numbers

  • Fontbonne finished with a 41.1 field goal percentage and made 20 free throws.
  • Defensively, they forced 23 Webster turnovers.
  • The Gorloks ended with a 47.3 field goal percentage and went 25-of-32 from the charity-stripe.
  • Webster outrebounded Fontbonne, 40-29.

Fontbonne Leaders

  • Raven Venegas led with a game and season-high 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting. She also tied with a game-high seven rebounds and dished out four assists.
  • Rylee Stafford contributed 17 points on 5-of-11 shooting.
  • Mallory Proffer added 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting, including going 3-of-4 from downtown.

Webster Leaders

  • All five Webster starters reached double-figures led by Jaysea Morgan's 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting.
  • Naomi Johnson finished with 12 points and Hannah Cottrell ended with 11.
  • Addison Beussink and Julie Baudendistel finished with 10 points each.

Up Next

The Griffins look for a bounce back win on Wednesday night when they'll travel to Spalding. Tip-off at 5:30 p.m.

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