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Hannah Lipman scored a game-high 13 points and Courtnee Williams added 12 as Queen of Peace earned a 47-41 win over visiting Regina.
The Panthers were forced to play from behind after the Pride began the second half with a 6-0 run to erase a one-point halftime deficit. After struggling with its shots in the first half, Queen of Peace came out of the intermission with a swished three-pointer by senior guard Kaitlyn McCarthy (seven points) and a deep baseline jumper by junior guard Emily Janozik (seven points), which took a very fortuitous bounce off of the back iron.
Regina, hampered by severe foul trouble all afternoon long, allowed the Pride to reach the bonus with 3:10 remaining in the third quarter and hit the double bonus just 38 seconds into the fourth quarter. Queen of Peace (4-3) capitalized from there on out, with 11 of their 17 fourth-quarter points coming from the charity stripe.
The Panthers (2-3) committed 27 team fouls and four players foul out.
“It was huge,” Regina coach Kerry Durham said. “This exact same thing happened the last time we played them last year. It hurt us from the beginning. We didn’t play real fundamental today, and I’m not exactly sure why.”
The Panthers persisted despite the absence of a couple of their starters at pivotal points in the game. Senior forward Caroline Adamczyk drew her fourth foul with 2:37 remaining in the third quarter and spent the next five-plus minutes on the bench. Sophomore guard Maggie Palmer joined her there a little greater than a minute later, after she drew her fourth foul with 1:18 remaining in the third quarter.
With both key cogs on the bench, senior guard Erin Gavin nearly made everyone forget their absence with two layups in the first 17 seconds of the fourth quarter to draw Regina Dominican within two. Just seconds later, Queen of Peace hit the double bonus and from there on out earned its victory from the charity stripe.