Friday, January 21st, 2011 - 12:26 am

Slow Start Costs Peregrines in Loss to RMU

CHICAGO, Ill. - The Purdue University Calumet women’s basketball team could not overcome a sluggish start, as Robert Morris University led from wire-to-wire in a an 85-68 victory on Thursday evening. The Peregrines fall to 10-9 overall with the loss, while dropping to 2-2 against CCAC Div. I opponents this season.

The Eagles raced out to a 13-2 lead, but the Black and Gold answered with two trifectas from Stephaine Beck in a 30-second span to cut the deficit to five with 14:28 remaining in the first half. However, the Eagles continued to pour it on, using a 30-10 run over the next nine minutes before heading into the break with a 48-30 lead.

Purdue Calumet would not get any closer as RMU maintained a comfortable cushion the rest of the way out to tally the victory. PUC shot 35.7 percent from the field in the second to finish the contest with a 32.9 field goal percentage.

Robert Morris dominated the boards, posting a 57-42 advantage on the glass while recording 50 points in the paint. The Black and Gold forced 19 turnovers, but were only able to convert those mishaps into 12 points at the other end.

Turner led the Peregrines with 20 points, while Beck added 19 points and a season-best eight rebounds. Amanda Gaskin joined them in double figures with 12 points and a team-leading 11 boards.

Purdue Calumet returns to the hardwood this Saturday, when it hosts St. Xavier University in a doubleheader at the Fitness and Recreation Center during PUC’s Hall of Fame ceremony. The Peregrine women will tip-off at 1 p.m. with the men to follow at 3 p.m. Former Honorable Mention All-Americans Matt Blower, Rita Harper, Jaime Muskin and Dan Penn will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame during halftime of the men’s contest.