|Marygrove (Mich.) 3-15, 1-8 WHAC||21||9||4||22||56|
|Concordia University 13-3, 7-3 WHAC||19||14||24||19||76|
|Jan. 4, 2017|
|Ann Arbor, MI|
|Marygrove (Mich.)||Indv. Leaders||Concordia University|
|#4 Elisha Major - 18||Points||#24 Mia Long - 15|
|#31 Breanna Thomas - 11||Rebounds||#2 Karlee Morris - 11|
|#32 Kadesha Taylor - 3||Assists||#11 Kari Borowiak - 5|
|Marygrove (Mich.)||Team Statistics||Concordia University|
|31.7% (19 - 60)||Field Goals %||36.5% (31 - 85)|
|25.9% (7 - 27)||3 Point Field Goals %||17.4% (4 - 23)|
|68.8% (11 - 16)||Free Throws||58.8% (10 - 17)|
|3||2nd Chance Pts||30|
(Ann Arbor, MI) After a tight first half, full of scoring on both sides, the Cardinals blew the game open in the second half to secure the 20 point victory.
The first quarter was closely contested with neither defense finding a way to stop the offenses. Marygrove came out in a zone looking to trap on the sides of the court. Concordia attacked the zone with active passing in and around the zone, always finding the open Cardinal, as all of their field goals were assisted in the first quarter. Concordia's offense hit a lull as they only made one of their seven three point attempts. Concordia's defense could not stop the Mustangs as they would find ways to the hoop and create open shots.
The game slowed down in the second quarter as both sides looked to establish their halfcourt offense. The Cards kept a small lead throughout the quarter by making smart shots inside thanks to good passing. Their troubles from deep continued as they once again went 1-7 from beyond the arc. The defense began to pick up for the Cardinals, as their press forced several turnovers.
Coach Thad Sankey made defense a point of emphasis at halftime and it showed in the next half. The Cardinals came out of the locker room and scored thirteen unanswered points, by getting the ball down low and earning trips to the foul line. Concordia's defense shut down the Mustangs, allowing them only four points throughout the quarter.
The fourth quarter offered the possibility for Coach Sankey to get the players on his bench some court time. Despite the starters watching from the sideline, the production did not drop off.
Coach Sankey will work with his team to start better out of the gate. "The team made a good adjustment in the second half to win today's game, but we can't always count on that late surge." This marks the eighth win at home for the Cardinals this year, which is tied for the most in Sankey's tenure.
Concordia will be on the road this weekend as they square off against Aquinas College. The game is on Saturday at 1 in Grand Rapids.
Concordia University sophomore and Sport and Entertainment Business major, Matt Korte, contributed to the contents of this article.