Greenville 58, Principia 52
ELSAH — Tuesday the Principia College women's basketball team hosted the Greenville College Panthers in their second meeting of the season.
Needing a victory in order to keep its tournament hopes alive, Principia came out with a renewed energy, playing some of the best team defense its displayed so far this season. After a hard fought, highly physical first twenty minutes, both Panther squads headed to the locker room at a draw, tied 24-24.
The second half was almost as competitive as the first, marred by a lapse in defensive efficiency by Principia to start the half, which allowed Greenville to build a double-digit lead before Principia was able to refocus.
While the home Panther squad did climb back into the game offensively as the clock continued to tick, the lapse proved too costly, and Greenville came away with the critical victory (they were also vying for the last conference tournament slot) by a score of 58-52.
Notable statistical contributions for Principia included: sophomore forward Rachel Perea with 10 points, junior foward Kara Johnson with a game-high 15 points, and senior captain Karina Olsen with her latest double-double performance (10 points, 12 boards). Olsen also dished out a game high five assists.
Principia next contest is 1 p.m. Saturday at Iowa Wesleyan.
Greenville 83, Principia 74
ELSAH — The Principia Panthers hosted the Greenville Panthers on Tuesday night before a packed house.
The battle of the cats was a hard fought, back and forth battle with the Panthers from Greenville coming out on top 83-74.
Principia led by two at halftime, but the depth of the Greenville bench proved too much for the Principia Panthers. As Greenville increased the tempo of the game by going all out with a full court press, Principia began to tire and turn the ball over, leading to several easy baskets for the visiting team.
Principia had four players in double figures; Larry Patterson 17, Parker Davidson 15, Jeff Ross 19, and Justin Ball 12. Principia will next travel to Iowa Wesleyan for a conference match-up on at 3 p.m. Saturday.