Second-Half Struggles Doom #16 SHU Women's Hoops

Second-Half Struggles Doom #16 SHU Women's Hoops

ADRIAN, Mich. -- Grace Howrigon scored 18 points to lead the 16th-ranked Siena Heights women's basketball team, but the Saints struggled throughout the second half and fell to Northwestern Ohio, 78-66, in Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference competition on Saturday at the SHU Fieldhouse.

Howrigon also had six rebounds, six assists and three steals for the Saints (3-2, 2-2), who were outscored 41-28 in the second.

Sierra Calhoun added 15 points, Najee Brazzle put in 12 and Alexxis Knannlein finished with 11 points.

Siena Heights carried a 38-37 advantage into halftime before swapping the lead with Northwestern Ohio three times early in the second. The teams traded 5-0 runs before a nine-point streak put the Racers ahead for good.

The Saints trimmed their deficit to three on two occasions, but UNOH found ways to hold off its hosts.

Howrigon (6 of 10) and Brazzle (4 of 6) combined to shoot 10 of 16 from 3-point land; the rest of the team was 1 of 12. The Saints struggled on the boards as UNOH's tally outnumbered theirs, 41-26.

Five Racer scorers reached double-figures, including Natalie Billing and Lauren Hopfner, who had 14 points each. Hopfner also had four assists while Rebecca Puckett finished with a double-double worth 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Sammi Dervisevic also put in 12 points and Kylie Kahlig contributed 10.

The Racers (5-1, 4-0) went 23 of 26 from the free-throw line while SHU was 5 of 7 from the stripe itself.

The Saints will be in action again on Tuesday with a 6 p.m. non-conference game at cross-town rival Adrian.