LIVONIA, Mich. — Behind two Perrysburg products, the Lourdes University womens basketball team registered back-to-back victories for the second time this season with its 67-59 win on the road against Madonna on Saturday afternoon inside the ACCU Arena in Livonia, Mich.
Emma Pedroza (Napoleon) led Lourdes with 21 points while Macie Stringfellow (Perrysburg) registered a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Nadeen Jemaa (Perrysburg) came off the bench to finish with nine points while Nakiya Sigman (Lima Senior) handed out eight assists.
“This is a solid win for the whole program,” Lourdes coach Tandy Bradford said. “I am really proud of how we handled some adversity and kept adjusting to keep the lead. Everyone took the challenge and did their job today and that helps us to keep being where we want to be this time of year.”
The Gray Wolves never trailed in the contest for the second straight game, holding Madonna to just 33.8% shooting from the floor on the afternoon. An 11-3 run spanning the end of the opening quarter and the beginning of the second period allowed Lourdes to build a 31-20 lead with 7:22 to play before halftime. The advantage would grow to as many as 15 in the first half before the Gray Wolves took a 41-28 lead into the locker room.
Seven straight points by Madonna cut the lead to six, 44-38, midway through the third quarter but Lourdes was able to push the advantage back to 12 before taking a nine-point advantage into the final 10 minutes. The Gray Wolves would never allow the Crusaders to get closer than seven in the fourth on the way to securing the victory.
Aaliyah McQueen and LaZae Mosely both had 13 points and 10 rebounds while Dekota Smith added 12 points and 10 boards for Madonna (9-15, 5-13 WHAC).
Lourdes (9-14, 7-11) continues its three-game road trip on Wednesday evening, heading to Southfield, Mich. to battle Lawrence Tech. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. inside Ridler Fieldhouse.