‘Winds continue Mid-Con slide

The Westerwind basketball team tried a new strategy for its game against the University of Buffalo Monday.Head coach Regina Miller took out senior guard Deirdre LaFrance and put in freshman guard Bridget Oberer in the starting lineup.

The experiment did not work though, as the ‘Winds lost their third straight game, 84-61.

In the first half, the ‘Winds got as close as 20-15 after a layup by freshman forward Nicole LaVan with 9 minutes, 37 seconds remaining.

The Royals then exploded for a 18-5 run which continued throughout the half, resulting in a 38-20 lead at halftime.

The second half exhibited the Royals shooting game, hitting 72 percent of their shots as the lead grew to a high of 34 points before the end of the game. Shooting and defense kept the ‘Winds from getting anywhere close to the Royals, who shot 55.9 percent from the field in the game and hit 41.2 percent from the three-point arc.

LaVan scored a game-high 32 points and 17 rebounds, Oberer had 11 points and senior forward Michelle Gosa scored nine points.

For Buffalo, forwards Catherine Jacob and Brenna Doty combined for 33 points. The ‘Winds hope that home cooking will remedy their losing streak as they go against Northeastern Illinois University Thursday at 5:15 p.m. in Western Hall.