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Junior Mary Halvorson scored a career-high 19 points in her first start of the season.
Junior Mary Halvorson scored a career-high 19 points in her first start of the season.
Women's Basketball - Sat, Feb. 2, 2013

DUBUQUE, Iowa - Coe College was held without a basket in the first 5:57 of the game, as Dubuque scored 12-straight points.  Coe was able to come back, but the Spartans hot start led them to an 80-63 victory.

Senior Caitlin Kray (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Xavier) scored Coe's first basket on a jumper, as the Kohawks went on a 9-2 run, cutting the Spartan lead to 14-9 with 9:00 to play in the first half.  Coe trailed by six with 6:40 to play in the first half before a layup from senior Kayla Waskow (Dunkerton, Iowa/Dunkerton) sparked an 11-3 Kohawk run in the next 2:52.  Coe took its first lead of the game on a free throw from junior Mackenzie Reed (Iowa City, Iowa/West) with 3:48 to play in the half.  The Kohawks would score just one basket in the final 4:23 of the half, as the Spartans went on a 15-2 run, including a 3-pointer from Jennifer Fischer as time expired in the half.

Junior Mary Halvorson (Waterville, Iowa/Waukon) scored seven of the first eight points in the second half, as Coe cut the Spartan lead to 39-34 with 17:33 to play.  Dubuque responded with a 9-2 run, pushing the lead back to double-digits at 48-36 with 15:26 to play.  Coe used a 7-0 run at the 13:06 mark of the half, cutting the Spartan lead to 52-48 with 10:59 to play.  Coe would hit just five baskets in the final 10:58 of the game.  Once Coe had the lead to four points, Dubuque went on a 15-3 run in the next 6:25 to put the game away.  Dubuque then outscored Coe 10-3 in the final 1:43, with all 10 points coming from the free throw line.

Halvorson led the Kohawks with a career-high 19 points, while sophomore Megan Hayes (Bettendorf, Iowa/Bettendorf) joined Halvorson in double figures with 11 points.  Waskow added nine for the Kohawks.  Mollie Whiting, the Iowa Conference's leading scorer, led the Spartans with 31 points.

Waskow led the Kohawks with six rebounds, while Halvorson and junior Lindsey Buckles (Davenport, Iowa/West) had five and four rebounds respectively.  Waskow had a career-high eight assists, while Buckles, sophomore Brooke Wheelwright (Elizabeth, Ill./River Ridge) and Reed had two assists apiece.  It was a new career-high for Waskow and the 10th most in a single game in school history.  Waskow also became the sixth player in school history with 300 career assists.

Hayes blocked three shots, while Waskow had two steals.  Hayes moved into fifth on Coe's career blocked shots list with 85, while she moved to seven on the single-season list with 33 this year.  Waskow made her 87th career start, passing Holly Zimmerman for the most in school history.

The Kohawks shot 24-of-59 (40.7%) from the field, while the Spartans were 24-of-51 (47.1%).  Dubuque was 28-of-33 (84.8%) from the free throw line, while Coe was 12-of-19 (63.2%) from the charity stripe.

Coe (11-10, 4-6 IIAC) returns to action on Wednesday, as they host Loras (16-5, 6-4 IIAC).  The two teams met Jan. 12 in Dubuque, with the Duhawks pulling out a 59-56 victory.  The Duhawks dropped their second game of the week on Saturday, as Buena Vista knocked off the Duhawks 68-65.  Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Eby Fieldhouse.  A link for live stats and live video can be found on the front page of CoeAthletics.com.