|Madonna (Mich.) 9-7, 5-6 WHAC||23||19||23||26||14||105|
|Concordia University 13-5, 7-5 WHAC||24||19||22||26||6||97|
|Jan. 11, 2017|
|Ann Arbor, MI|
|Madonna (Mich.)||Indv. Leaders||Concordia University|
|#03 Cris Harper - 29||Points||#11 Kari Borowiak - 30|
|#04 Becca Sabol - 16||Rebounds||2 Players (#2,#11) - 10|
|#01 Michele Hayes - 7||Assists||#24 Mia Long - 5|
|Madonna (Mich.)||Team Statistics||Concordia University|
|45.2% (38 - 84)||Field Goals %||47.2% (34 - 72)|
|47.8% (11 - 23)||3 Point Field Goals %||38.5% (10 - 26)|
|72% (18 - 25)||Free Throws||59.4% (19 - 32)|
|17||2nd Chance Pts||13|
(Ann Arbor, MI) The Cardinals fought hard in a closely contested game that would eventually be won by Madonna in overtime. Concordia's offense was clicking on all cylinders, with their backcourt all recording over 15 points. The Cardinal defense struggled to keep the Crusader's scorers at bay, which would lead to their downfall.
The first quarter showcased the offenses of both teams, with Madonna looking to get the ball inside. The Cardinal offense was spurred by two three pointers from Brianna Rowe and three from Kari Borowiak. Concordia also attacked the rim, as Borowiak and Mia Long found their way through the Crusader defense.
The Cards did not slow down on the offensive front as Borowiak hit another three and Rowe added two more to her name in the second quarter. Long continued to drive to the hoop and earn trips to the free throw line, a stat that she leads the nation in. The Cardinal defense out hustled Madonna all throughout the quarter, forcing Madonna to make bad decisions with the ball.
The Crusaders came out of the half quickly, looking to score in transition, and took a five point lead. The Cardinals countered with a more balanced offense, finding production from several different players. Concordia tightened up their defense towards the end of the quarter and went into the fourth quarter tied at 65.
The Cardinals built up a seven point lead, only to see Madonna chip away and set up a back-and-forth finish. A pair of Zhana Rhandolph free throws put the Cardinals up by two with a minute and a half remaining, but Madonna answered with a three with 26 seconds left gave the Crusaders a two point advantage. Borowiak was fouled on the way to the hoop, and sank both free throws to tie the game up, but Madonna countered with a tough lay up to be on top by two. Concordia passed the ball to a leaping Karlee Morris who came down hard after she was fouled. Zhana Randolph entered the game to shoot the free throws for Concordia and made both, tying the game once again and sending it to overtime.
Madonna started overtime with a quick three and converted an and-one to get a six point lead. A corner three from Borowiak cut into that lead, but the remainder of overtime was controlled by Madonna as their shots fell and their defense held the Cardinals to free throws.
Borowiak finished the game with career-highs in points (30) and three-pointers (5) while pulling in 10 boards for her first double-double of the season. Long also scored a career-high going for 24 points, 5 assists, and 3 steals. Rounding out the backcourt trio was Rowe who made four three's and scored 17.
Normally a sure handed team, turnovers hurt Concordia throughout the game. The Cardinals gave up possession 21 times which Madonna flipped into 27 points while giving up just 10 turnovers.
Their first time losing consecutive games, the Cardinals will try to break the skid when they travel to Cornerstone this Saturday for a showdown at 1:00 pm.
Concordia University sophomore and Sport and Entertainment Business major, Matt Korte, contributed to the contents of this article.