|North Central College 7-5||24||18||25||21||88|
|Concordia University 12-3||21||24||29||25||99|
|Dec. 29, 2016|
|North Central College||Indv. Leaders||Concordia University|
|#3 Mayson Whipple - 20||Points||#11 Kari Borowiak - 26|
|2 Players (#3,#30) - 6||Rebounds||#2 Karlee Morris - 13|
|2 Players (#3,#4) - 3||Assists||#11 Kari Borowiak - 9|
|North Central College||Team Statistics||Concordia University|
|33.3% (30 - 90)||Field Goals %||51.9% (40 - 77)|
|29.2% (14 - 48)||3 Point Field Goals %||42.9% (6 - 14)|
|53.8% (14 - 26)||Free Throws||68.4% (13 - 19)|
|0||2nd Chance Pts||0|
(Chicago, IL) Concordia women's basketball will return to Ann Arbor as the Roosevelt Classic champions after a 99-88 win over North Central College in the title game. Five players scored in double digits to give the Cardinals their 12th victory (12-3) of the season.
Kari Borowiak (JR/Gaylord, MI) tied a career-high with 26 points and set another with 9 assists. The junior was named Tournament MVP for her effort this afternoon and in yesterday's 78-69 win over Governors State in which she scored 19. Also on the All-Tournament team was Brianna Rowe (JR/Southfield, MI) who made three triples on her way to a 19-point game against North Central to go with 13 points in the first round.
North Central jumped out in front making 5 three-pointers and forcing 8 CUAA turnovers in the first quarter to lead by as many as 8. Concordia finally tied the game at 6:27 in the second when Borowiak hit a three to make it 28-28. The guard kept it going with baskets the next two times down the court helping the Cardinals build a 45-42 halftime lead.
Rowe knocked down a shot from downtown to put CUAA up by seven early in the third, but North Central came back with a huge run to flip the game to 63-56 in their favor. The Cardinals took the game right back with a 16-2 burst of their own and went into the fourth on top, 74-67.
Concordia maintained their lead in the final 10 minutes and a jumper from Zhana Randolph (SR/Waterford, MI) gave them their first double-digit lead late in the quarter. Randolph made six field goals and scored 12 points in the contest. Also in double figures were Mia Long (FR/Ann Arbor, MI) (14) and Breanne Short (JR/Freeland, MI) (12) with Karlee Morris (SO/Ypsilant, MI) adding 9 to go with a game-high 13 boards.
Usually a secure ball-handling team, the Cardinals turned the ball over 26 times in the game. Defensively they forced North Centrals into 23 turnovers which they turned into 31 points. CUAA also owned the paint scoring 64 at the basket compared to their opponent's 26.
The Cardinals return to Ann Arbor and conference play next Wednesday with a tilt against Marygrove College in the Field House. The WHAC game will tipoff at 6:00 p.m.