|Concordia University 13-4, 7-4 WHAC||10||9||21||19||59|
|Aquinas (Mich.) 10-8, 5-5 WHAC||16||19||11||14||60|
|Jan. 7, 2017|
|Grand Rapids, Mich. (Stur|
|Concordia University||Indv. Leaders||Aquinas (Mich.)|
|#3 Brianna Rowe - 17||Points||#10 Katie Theut - 18|
|#2 Karlee Morris - 10||Rebounds||#31 Hannah Brefeld - 10|
|#11 Kari Borowiak - 4||Assists||#21 Deiona Rogers - 5|
|Concordia University||Team Statistics||Aquinas (Mich.)|
|29.6% (21 - 71)||Field Goals %||41.8% (23 - 55)|
|33.3% (7 - 21)||3 Point Field Goals %||44.4% (8 - 18)|
|66.7% (10 - 15)||Free Throws||54.5% (6 - 11)|
|0||2nd Chance Pts||0|
(Grand Rapids, MI) Concordia women's basketball erased a 17-point deficit, but fell just short in Saturday's game at Aquinas College. Brianna Rowe (JR/Southfield, MI) connected on a season-high five triples to lead the team with 17 points.
The Saints used a 21-4 run split between the first and second quarters to take control of the game. The Cardinals struggled from the field shooting 19.4% (7-36) in the first half while Aquinas made four 3-pointers in the first quarter alone. With the lopsided shooting, CUAA went into the break down 19-35.
Down by 17 at the 4:49 mark of the third, Concordia began to see their shots fall as they climbed their way back. Rowe knocked down a three and Mia Long (FR/Ann Arbor, MI) followed with three transition layups to make it a single-digit margin as she pushed the tempo. A put back from Karlee Morris (SO/Ypsilant, MI) in the final seconds of the frame made it 40-46 heading into the closing 10 minutes.
Two more makes behind the arc from Rowe made it a two-point game at 7:31 and a Kari Borowiak (JR/Gaylord, MI) steal and layup brought the score to 54-55 a few minutes later. Borowiak gave Concordia a brief lead with two free throws with 90 seconds to play, but the Saints hit two of their own to close out the contest at 60-59.
CUAA shot 40% in the second half to finish at 29.6% overall and behind the Saints 41%. Concordia again won the turnover battle by a wide, 25-8 margin. Those extra possessions resulted in nearly half (27) of the Cardinals points in the game.
The loss drops the team's record to 13-4 (7-4 WHAC). Concordia returns to the Field House Wednesday evening to host Madonna University at 6:00 p.m.