Purdue Calumet Sports Update, January 11, 2016

PUC-Kisers-Free-Throws-Lift-16-Purdue-Calumet-to-54-53-Win-over-9-StritchKiser's Free Throws Lift #16 Purdue Calumet to 54-53 Win over #9 Stritch
Jessica Kiser drained two free throws with 0.2 seconds remaining to lift No. 16 Purdue University Calumet to a 54-53 upset victory over No. 9 Cardinal Stritch Saturday in a Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference thriller.

The win gave the Peregrines (14-4, 7-3) their first over the Wolves (14-4, 6-2) since the 2008-09 season.

Down one, 52-53, with 11 seconds left, the an inside layup by the Peregrines wouldn’t fall, but Kiser (Noblesville, Ind./Noblesville) snagged the offensive rebound and was fouled on her shot attempt to send the sophomore to the free-throw line. The 53.3 percent free-throw shooter swished both out of the timeout to seal the second win this season over a Top-10 team.

Junior Cassidy Deno (Otterbein, Ind./Scottsburg) led the way for Purdue Calumet, scoring 21 points and teammate Patrice McBee (Culver, Ind./Culver Community) added 11 points and seven boards.

Purdue Calumet opened the game strong, outscoring Stritch 24-12 in the first quarter behind 10 points from Deno, who finished 8-of-16 from the floor and 3-of-7 from downtown.

The Wolves fought back in the second frame, holding the Peregrines to just seven points as Purdue Calumet headed into halftime up just five, 31-26.

Stritch took its first lead on a Mika Passini triple with 4:33 to go in the third, to make it 37-35 in favor of the visitors. That lead pushed to as many as six, 46-40, on a Haley Ream jumper, but the Peregrines’ Ellie Michalski (Mukwonago, Wis./Mukwonago) answered with a jumper to make it 46-42 Stritch heading into the fourth.

With Stritch leading by four midway through the frame, a McBee three-point play gave the Peregrines life and cut the lead to one, 50-49, with 3:58 on the clock. Purdue Calumet tied it at 52-all on a Darien Thompson (Anderson, Ind./Anderson) free throw with 1:01 to play, but the Wolves responded by making 1-of-2 free throws to take a one-point lead, 53-52, with 11 seconds left.

McBee had a good look at a layup in the final seconds, but Kiser’s offensive rebound and ensuing free throws sealed it for the home team.

Purdue Calumet shot 43.5 percent (20-of-42) for the game compared to 32.3 percent (20-of-62) for Stritch, and the Peregrines edged the Wolves on the boards, 54-53, despite 20 offensive rebounds by the visitor.

Passini led the Wolves with 16 points, Jenny Shernell had six points and 10 boards and Maranda Huibregtse added nine points and five assists to lead Stritch in the setback.

For Purdue Calumet, Katie Wampler (Scottsburg, Ind./Scottsburg) added nine points and five rebounds and Jada Buggs (Elkhart, Ind./Elkhart Memorial) had six points and eight boards.

The Peregrines return to action Wednesday, Jan. 13, when they host CCAC foe Trinity Christian for a 5 p.m. CT contest at the Fitness and Recreation Center.

Men's Basketball Drops 79-70 Contest to Cardinal Stritch
The Purdue University Calumet men’s basketball team fell to Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference opponent Cardinal Stritch University, 79-70, Saturday afternoon at the Fitness and Recreation Center.

Freshman guard Chandler Spring (Covington, Ind./Covington) led the Black and Gold with 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting. LaBradford Sebree (Kokomo, Ind./Kokomo) recorded 15 points and five rebounds and Daulton Albanese (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster) scored 11 points including a trio of three-point field goals to highlight the Peregrine leaders.

Purdue Calumet started the game with an 11-5 lead, thanks to back-to-back scores from Darric Obinger (Munster, Ind./Calumet Christian).

Stritch would answer the early run by the Black and Gold, knotting the game at 16-16 after three-point field goals from Billy Kirby and Matt Reinke.

Cardinal Stritch would break away from the Peregrines, after going on an 18-0 run midway through the period to go up 34-16.

The Wolves would lead by as much as 21 points late in the half, but the Peregrines would end the period on a 6-0 run to cut their deficit to 15, 43-28 heading in to the break.

Purdue Calumet would make some half-time adjustments and come out of the locker room strong, after a three-pointer by Daulton Albanese (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster) put the Peregrines within seven points, 54-47 with over 12 minutes remaining.

Stritch would go on to answer the Peregrines run, and keep a double-digit lead for most of the final 12 minutes, leading them to a 79-70 win over the Black and Gold.

The Peregrines return to action Wednesday, Jan. 13, when they host Trinity Christian in a CCAC matchup at 7:00 p.m. (CT) at the Fitness and Rec Center.