Aurora, IL -- The Beloit College Women's Basketball team used a strong second half, most notably a strong fourth quarter, to give new head coach Gloria Bradley a victory in her Buccaneer debut, a 59-51 decision at Aurora University Tuesday night.
The Buccaneers opened the game by scoring the first seven points and 16 of the first 22 to build a 10-point advantage. A 7-0 Spartan run closed that advantage to 16-13 on the way to a 19-15 Beloit lead after one.
Aurora kept pushing in the second quarter, finally tying the contest at 20-all three minutes in and taking a 23-21 lead 6:48 before halftime. It was even at 23 with 4:39 left in the half before the Bucs closed with a 5-2 run to lead 28-25 at the break.
AU led for the last time just over a minute into the third quarter before the Bucs went on a 9-0 run over the next four minutes to regain the advantage. They led 40-36 thru three quarters.
A hot-shooting fourth quarter (5-9, 55.6%) plus 9-12 free throws helped the Buccaneers maintain their lead. Aurora never got closer than 50-46 with 2:42 left, with Beloit closing on an 8-3 run to close out the win.
Beloit shot 40% (18-45) for the game from the field and hit 21-30 field goals while Aurora shot 32.1% (17-53) from the field.
Nora Polaski scored 14 points and and grabbed a game-high seven rebounds while Lauren Glaser and Kelsey Horvath both added nine points and Laura Panicali eight with four assists. Jaylan Dunn chipped in seven points on 7-10 shooting from the free throw stripe.
Beloit has their home opener on Saturday in Flood Arena, hosting Concordia University Wisconsin in a 3:00 p.m. tip.