CHICAGO - Just a block of Congress Parkway separates Roosevelt and Robert Morris, but it was a couple of cold stretches combined with RMU runs that separated the two sides on the basketball court on Wednesday night as the 14th-ranked Lakers fell to the Eagles, 86-69, at the Lillian and Larry Goodman Center.
Yolanda De La Torre scored a game-high 23 points to go with 12 rebounds for the Eagles (17-9), while Aubrey Sparrey hit six three-pointers for 20 points off the bench.
Roosevelt began the game making just three of its first 18 shots, with the Lakers stuck on seven points for just over a four-minute stretch that allowed the visitors to take an early 13-point advantage.
Despite losing point guard Becky Williford to injury early in the game, the Lakers clawed their way back. Roosevelt outscored Robert Morris 26-18 to close the first half, cutting the deficit down to three at one point before going into intermission down by just five.
Robert Morris would build its lead back up to eight in the early moments of the second period before another Roosevelt rally turned the game into a two-point affair, 51-49, with just under 14 minutes left in regulation. But that's when another dry spell cost the Lakers, as the Eagles rattled off a 13-0 run that the hosts could never recover from the rest of the way.
"We definitely started off slow offensively, we didn't get the right shots or work the ball very well early in the game," said Roosevelt head coach Robyn Scherr-Wells. "We just didn't come out with enough confidence for some reason. We need to be way tougher at the start of games.
"I thought overall defensively we just weren't good enough tonight," said Scherr-Wells. "We talk over and over about protecting the basket and we still helped off of the wrong people. Sparrey got really hot. We know she's a great shooter, and her shooting was kind of a back-breaker in a lot of ways. We just need to get better on the defensive end and not get behind early in games like we have the past couple times out."
The 14th-ranked Lakers host Calumet College of St. Joseph in a CCAC affair at the Goodman Center this Saturday, Feb. 9th at 1 p.m. The Lakers will host a Think Pink event for the Play 4Kay initiative for women's cancer awareness, with the first 50 students receiving a free Lakers Think Pink t-shirt.