HOUGHTON, Mich. (Mar. 13, 2015)--
A 16-5 run midway through the second half sabotaged the University of Wisconsin-Parkside women's basketball squads potential upset bid of fourth-ranked Lewis University on Friday afternoon in the opening round of the NCAA Division II Tournament, stumbling 80-66 inside Michigan Tech University's SDC Gymnasium.
Four Rangers finished in double figures as the familiar foes battled through four lead changes and seven ties.
The second-seeded Flyers (29-2) owned a tenuous 50-49 lead with 10:53 afterGaby Bronson
converted a layup before mounting a 16-5 run over the next six minutes to stake a 12-point lead. Lewis canned four threes during the outburst including back-to-back-to-back treys from Alexus Grayer.
Seventh-seeded UW-Parkside (22-8) refused to surrender, slicing the gap to just seven with 2:03 left, getting threes fromBrittney Fair
but that was as close as the Green and White would get as the Flyers went on to secure the 14-point victory.
"We fought, we fought, and we fought, and some shots didn't go down. If they did it's a completely different game," said second year Head CoachJacob Yorg
. "I could never ask for a better group of girls to battle with."