Hendrix wrapped up its regular basketball season on a high note Sunday at Grove Gymnasium, taking a pair of victories over Colorado College.
The Warrior women won 92-66, and the Warrior men 88-78.
In the women’s game, Hendrix used a howitzer barrage early in the second half to widen an eight-point halftime lead to 35 points. In a span of less than nine minutes, the Warriors racked eight 3-point baskets.
The win avenged an earlier loss at Colorado Springs to the Tigers, just one of three teams to defeat the Hendrix women in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play this year. Hendrix now goes into the conference tournament Friday at 6 p.m. at Jackson, Miss., against Oglethorpe.
Colorado had the upper hand early, then Hendrix tied the score at 21 on a 3-point play by Anna Roane, went ahead on a Sam Deragowski basket, then Colorado grabbed the lead back. At a 28-all tie, Hendrix closed out the first half with eight straight points, six of them by Christina Byler, and took a 36-28 edge into halftime.
Byler scored the first nine points for Hendrix in the second half around a pair of free throws by Colorado’s Laura Glen. A 3-pointer by Byler was followed by 3-point goals from Roane, Amanda Morris, Chelsea White, Morris again, Roane again, Byler again, Jordan Henderson and Morris still again. Colorado struggled to finish out the rest of the game staying even with the enthusiastic Warriors.
Hendrix coach Thad McCracken said, "This was a big game for our seniors (Morris, White and Lindsey Merritt; Byler is also a senior but has another year of eligibility). This was a good way for them to go out. Colorado plays an up tempo game. We got down by 17-10 then our defense stepped up. Offense comes easier when you have strong defense."
The Warriors were helped by blocking eight of the Tigers’ shots.
Four Warriors scored in double figures, led by Byler’s 29 points. Roan had 15, Avery Roller 14 and Morris 12, all on 3-point goals.
McCracken said, "Morris had a double-double today with her 12 points and 10 assists. That is probably the first of her career. Players off the bench gave us a good game today too."
For Colorado, Glen tallied 20 points, Becky Luetjen 11 and Hannah Hoopingarner 10.
Hendrix moved to 19-4 for the year and 13-3 in conference games. Colorado College ended its regular season at 1-13 overall and 6-10 in the SCAC.
Colorado College had defeated the Hendrix men by 11 points earlier in the season, but when Hendrix slipped ahead at 9-8 on a Cal Rose 3-pointer, the Warriors didn’t let the Tigers get ahead again. Colorado did manage two ties in the second half.
It was a day of Roses on both sides. Colorado’s Nick Rose ran in 33 points before fouling out late in the game. Hendrix’s Cal rose was high for the Warriors with 23 points.
Two days before, Hendrix was burned by a scoring streak from its opponent. This time the Warriors had 10 straight in the first half and another burst of eight in a row in the second half to thwart the Tigers.
Cal Rose hit three 3-pointers in the first half, and Ryan Rizos and Ammon Martin each had one as Hendrix built a 43-36 halftime lead.
In the second half, free throws became a factor. Hendrix dropped in 22 of 26, good shooting, but Colorado was even better in percentage by making 15 of 16. Three of the Tigers fouled out, though.
Sophomore Nick Heathscott, tops in scoring for the season for Hendrix, had six points in the first half then put in 16 more in the second half along with leading the Warriors in rebounding. Janson Hightower had 11 points in his last game as a Warrior. Also finishing their Hendrix careers were Rose, Jesse Ford and Sean McQueen. All four started the game.
Following Nick Rose’s 33 points for Colorado, Jeremiah Waters had 15.
The Hendrix mean ended play with a 7-16 season record and a 4-12 mark in the SCAC. Colorado College moved to 12-13 and 7-9.