MILWAUKEE, Wis. – The Robert Morris Illinois Women's Basketball team lost a tough CCAC Conference contest to 16th ranked Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) by the score of 64-57 on Wednesday, February 16th in Milwaukee. The loss dropped the Eagles' CCAC record to 7-12 and their overall record to 9-20 on the year.
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The Eagles had a strong start to the game, taking a 10-3 lead behind five points from Victoria Harris (SR/Bellwood, Ill.). The Wolves fought back late in the opening quarter, cutting the RMU advantage to one-point at 13-12, but the Eagles closed out the stanza with a 15-12 lead on a jumper by Aaliyah Irby (SR/Chicago, Ill.).
RMU extended its lead to 21-14 to begin the second quarter with Jannah Mahmoud (JR/Oak Lawn, Ill.) scoring back-to-back layups, but Cardinal Stritch battled back to tie the game at 23-23 and take its first lead at 25-23 with 3:51 to go in the first half. Mahmoud tied the game on a jumper and was fouled on the play, hitting her free throw for a three-point play and putting RMU back up at 26-25 with 2:53 to go. However, the Wolves scored the final six points of the half to lead 31-26 at the break.
The game stayed close for most of the third quarter with the Wolves holding a slight lead, but Cardinal Stritch opened an 11-point lead at 47-36 with 1:50 remaining. Mahmoud then closed out the period with five straight points to pull the Eagles back into the game, trailing 47-41 heading into the game's final quarter.
It appeared that the Wolves once again took control of the contest, building a 62-49 lead with 4:42 to play, but the Eagles didn't give up and made a late run to cut the margin to 64-57 with 1:15 remaining in the game. Unfortunately, RMU was unable to score any additional points, losing to the 16th ranked Wolves.
Jannah Mahmoud, this week's CCAC Player of the Week, scored a game-high 22 points, while Victoria Harris added 14 points, seven rebounds, and four blocks. Aaliyah Irby chipped in with eight points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
The Eagles close out the regular season on Saturday, February 18th versus Trinity International University on "Senior Day" at the RMU Athletic & Convocation Center. Tip-off is scheduled for noon and RMU can clinch a CCAC Conference Tournament berth with a victory over the Trojans. Fans can follow the contest via live video, audio, and stats on the Eagle Sports Network.