Lawrence Tech (21-8, 13-6) finished the game shooting 35.7 percent from the field and 32 percent from deep. LTU won the battle on the glass, 28-27, grabbing 10 offensive rebounds that led to 14 second-chance points. In addition, the Blue Devils scored 13 points off 16 turnovers by the Racers.
Buckingham's performance consisted of 9-for-23 from the field, including 3-for-11 from beyond the arc, and 8-for-8 from the charity stripe. In fact, she has gone 35-for-35 from the line in the last four games. Kendall Fisher and Teryn Kline contributed with 16 and 12 points, respectively. Rachel Price paced the squad with three blocks and five assists.
Northwestern Ohio (10-20, 6-14) shot 39.7 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point land. Leticia Johnson led the team with 14 points. Emily Patton and Shatisha Dukes contributed with 13 points apiece. Fataya Larry paced the Racers with 10 boards.
Price opened the first quarter with a free throw to spark a 9-1 run for the Blue Devils, LTU did not let go of the lead for the rest of the outing. However, Northwestern Ohio engineered a comeback to cut the eight-point deficit to one in the 8:54 mark of the second quarter. This would not be enough though, as Lawrence Tech would close the first half with a 31-27 lead.
In the third quarter, the Blue Devils outscored the Racers, 17-14, and pushed their lead to seven points. Northwestern Ohio answered with a 14-9 run to cut the deficit to two points. However, a few seconds later Buckingham knocked one from deep to spark a 10-3 run for the Blue Devils, pushing the lead out to a game-high nine points. The Racers scored from beyond the arc with one second left on the game to set the final score, 67-61.
The Blue Devils will be back on the court on Monday, February 18, at 6 p.m. when they visit Aquinas (Mich.) College (22-7, 15-4) in Grand Rapids, Mich.
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