November 22, 2014

VIDEO: Gorloks clinch playoff berth with eight-point win over Greenville

Entering its Feb. 15 home game against Greenville College, the Webster University women’s basketball team had lost four of its last six games and was in desperate need of a victory.

Despite 22 turnovers and a 3-point shooting percentage of 28.6, the Gorloks earned a win when they knocked off St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference rival Greenville, 69-61, at Grant Gymnasium.

With the win, Webster (10-3 overall, 8-6 SLIAC) clinched a spot in the SLIAC tournament, which begins Feb. 24. Greenville (7-16, 4-10) was eliminated from playoff contention with the loss.

Greenville jumped out to a 16-6 lead six and a half minutes into the game, but Webster chipped away and tied the game at 25-all with 5:48 to go in the first half.

The Gorloks took a 37-29 advantage into halftime and led 50-41 with 11:29 to play, but the Panthers went on an 11-2 run to tie the game at 52. Webster shut down Greenville’s comeback hopes by ending the game on a 17-9 spurt.

Junior guard Jaime Gaal led a balanced Webster attack by scoring 13 points. Freshman forward Cassie Endicott and senior forward Loren Douglass scored 12 apiece, while junior point guard Maggie Zehner added 11.

The Gorloks next play at MacMurray College on Feb. 18 in Jacksonville, Ill. Webster closes out the regular season when it hosts Fontbonne University on Feb. 21.

Check out the print edition of The Journal for a full story on the women’s basketball team.

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