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Lewis women's hoops uses late rally to win

The Flyers shot 39 percent (23-for-59) from the field, were 5-of-20 from three and shot 84 percent (26-for-31) at the foul line

Lewis' women's basketball team outscored Bellarmine 12-2 in the final 79 seconds to erase a four-point deficit in its 77-71 win on Saturday afternoon at Neil Carey Arena. The Flyers snap their two-game skid to improve to 13-7, 10-2 GLVC while the Knights fall to 11-8, 6-6 GLVC.

Lewis trailed by four with less than 90 seconds left when Rachel Hinders (Johnston, Iowa/Johnston) got fouled and went to the line to hit two free throws. After a stop on the other end, Kaitlyn Williams (Homer Glen, Ill./Joliet Catholic) hit a three-pointer in transition from the right wing to give the Flyers their first lead since midway through the third quarter.

Lewis got another stop on the defensive end as Katie Gardner (Franklin, Wis./Pius XI) drew a foul from Breia Torrens with 0:40 left to play. Torrens then fouled Gardner again who hit two free throws to put the Flyers ahead by three with 0:38 to go.

Bellarmine had a chance to tie the game but a missed shot and as Morgan Glatczak (Mukwonago, Wis./Mukwonago) got the rebound. Glatczak tried to throw it ahead but was fouled in the back court and went to the line to hit 1-of-2 to put the Flyers ahead 73-69.

Lewis got another stop and Hinders was fouled with 0:13 left and hit two free throws to extend the lead to six points. The Knights got a quick bucket from Mikayla Berry but were forced to foul Hinders again who hit both free throws to ice the victory.

Gardner finished with game and career-highs in points (27) and had rebounds (11) while Hinders added 19 points and five rebounds. Williams added 12 points and Glatczak finished with nine points and 11 rebounds.

The Flyers shot 39 percent (23-for-59) from the field, were 5-of-20 from three and shot 84 percent (26-for-31) at the foul line. Lewis outrebounded Bellarmine 46-to-29 in the contest.

The Knights shot over 40 percent from the floor, were 9-of-22 from three but shot only 67 percent at the foul line. They turned 15 Flyer turnovers into nine points. Torrens led three Bellarmine players in double digit scoring with 17 points while Berry added 16 and Tasia Jeffries finished with 10.


Lewis University's men's basketball team fell to No. 8 Bellarmine 77-60 on Saturday afternoon at Neil Carey Arena. The Flyers fall to 10-10 overall, 5-7 in the GLVC, while the Knights move to 16-3, 9-3 GLVC.

Bellarmine opened the game on an 11-2 run and never allowed Lewis to get closer than six points the rest of the way. The Knights took a 16-point lead into the locker room at the half on Alex Cook's layup in the final seconds of the stanza.

Bellarmine shot more than 55 percent from the floor and was 5-of-12 from three in the opening half. Cook led the Knights with eight points while Ben Weyer and Dylan Penn had six points apiece.

The Flyers struggled shooting the ball in the first 20 minutes hitting only 8-of-28 shots and was held to 14 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Anthony D'Avanzo (Harwood Heights, Ill./Notre Dame) led Lewis with eight points while Marco Pettinato (Mokena, Ill./Lincoln-Way West) added seven points off the bench.

Bellarmine extended its lead to 21 points early in the second half but the Flyers were able to cut the lead to 53-41 with 11:26 remaining on a jumper by Dre Bell (Detroit, Mich./River Rouge).

That would be the closest Lewis got the rest of the way as the Knights sealed the game with a 20-9 run spanning nearly seven minutes.

Bellarmine finished the contest shooting over 56 percent from the floor, was 10-of-23 from beyond the arc and shot 70 percent at the foul line. CJ Fleming led the Knights with 14 points while Cook added 12.

The Flyers shot over 37 percent from the field, was 9-of-30 from three and shot 64 percent at the foul line. D'Avanzo led all scorers with 19 points and Pettinato added 12 off the bench.

Lewis' sixth ranked men's volleyball team extended its winning streak to three matches with a 3-0 victory over Barton on Friday evening in the Uvaldo Acosta Invitational hosted by George Mason in Fairfax, Va. The Flyers improve to 6-3 while the Bulldogs fall to 3-1.


Lewis never trailed in the first two sets. The Flyers opened the match with three straight points and led by as many as seven points in the frame on their way to the 25-18 victory. Lewis hit .650 (13 kills-0 errors-20 chances) in the stanza. Ryan Coenen (Franklin, WI/Franklin) had four kills in the set while TJ Murray (Barrington, IL/Barrington HS) added three and Tyler Mitchem (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook HS) and Dalen Instenes (Racine, WI/William Horlick) had two kills apiece.

The Flyers took another early lead in the middle set on its way to a 25-13 victory. Lewis used an 8-2 run midway through the set to extend its lead from 10-8 to 18-10. That lead grew to as many as 12 points when Mitchem blocked Nicolo Mancin to end the second set.

The third set was the tightest of the match with seven ties and four lead changes. The Flyers led by as many as three in the set but Barton responded with an 8-2 run to take its largest lead of the match at 21-18 on a kill from Angelos Mandilaris. Lewis countered with five straight points of its own to regain the lead at 23-21. Coenen served three aces in that run. The Bulldogs got to within 23-22 but the Flyers scored the final two points to close out the match highlighted by Instenes ace at match point.


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