HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. - The Ashford University women's basketball squad hit the road for a Thanksgiving eve matchup against Robert Morris University on Wednesday (Nov. 23). The Saints fell victim to a hot-shooting second half by Robert Morris, and dropped the contest to the unbeaten Eagles by a final score of 67-38.
Ashford (1-5) and Robert Morris (8-0) each had trouble putting the ball in the bucket out of the opening tip-off. The teams remained scoreless through the first few minutes of the game before the Eagles opened the scoring.
Ashford held their only lead of the ball game early, after Belleville, Wis. native and freshman Quinn Rear buried a three to give the Saints a 5-3 lead.
From there, the Eagles took the lead right back after a three-pointer and never looked back.
Ashford was able to keep the game close throughout the first half, staying within striking distance of the Eagles all the way until halftime, where they only trailed, 30-21.
However, the Eagles came out of the gate in the second half shooting, and they soon built a lead that the Saints could not overcome. In the end, the Eagles outscored Ashford 37-17 in the second half to seal their eighth win of the season.
Ashford was led in scoring by freshman Quinn Rear with nine points on the night. Juniors Courtney Panus and Gaby Ayon weren't far behind her with eight points apiece.
Robert Morris saw three players finish in double-figures, led by Uniqua Hampton's 17 points. Mary Colon and Nicole Brown finished with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
Ashford will get to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday before they get ready to host Roosevelt University on Saturday, Nov. 26. Tipoff at Kehl Arena for that contest will begin at 2 p.m.