|Concordia 13-6, 7-6 WHAC||16||12||13||19||60|
|Cornerstone 10-10,7-5 WHAC||12||16||18||25||71|
|Jan. 14, 2017|
|Grand Rapids, Mich. (Mol Arena)|
|#24 Long, Mia - 21||Points||#03 Jesse Sheridan - 21|
|#24 Long, Mia - 8||Rebounds||#44 Ellery Mast - 9|
|#24 Long, Mia - 3||Assists||#22 Lizzy Otten - 7|
|31.9% (23 - 72)||Field Goals %||51.9% (28 - 54)|
|20.7% (6 - 29)||3 Point Field Goals %||16.7% (1 - 6)|
|61.5% (8 - 13)||Free Throws||82.4% (14 - 17)|
|6||2nd Chance Pts||13|
(Grand Rapids, MI) Concordia women's basketball was unable to find consistent offense in Saturday's game at Cornerstone University, losing to the host school, 60-71. Both teams showed great defense and were tied at halftime before the Golden Eagles built distance in the final 20 minutes.
The Cardinals put some pieces together in the second half of the first quarter and earned their first lead just before the four-minute mark. Kari Borowiak (JR/Gaylord, MI) fired a pass to Zhana Randolph (SR/Waterford, MI) in the post who put up a quick shot to make it 7-6. Brianna Rowe (JR/Southfield, MI) took control in the next couple minutes picking up a steal and breakaway basket before putting Concordia up by six with a step-back three.
The Golden Eagles went on a 10-0 run in the second quarter to establish a seven-point lead, but the Cardinals came back to erase the deficit in the final two minutes before the break. A loose ball found its way to Borowiak on the perimeter where she fired for three to start the rally. Rowe finished the half off with another triple in the closing seconds knotting the score at 28 despite Concordia being outshot, 28% to 50%.
The shooting struggles continued after halftime allowing Cornerstone to go up by seven points. Mia Long (FR/Ann Arbor, MI) went coast-to-coast to beat the clock at the end of the third bringing the game to 41-46. The Golden Eagles didn't back down and instead score the first ten of the fourth and led by as many as 16.
Long sparked a final Concordia push when she got the roll for a three at 3:30. Borowiak took a defensive steal all the way and then forced a turnover on the ensuing inbound and converted it for a second bucket that made it a single-digit game with 2:42 to play. Cornerstone halted the hopes with two straight baskets and went on to complete an 11-point win.
Long led the team in both points (21) and rebounds (8) in her second straight 20+ scoring performance. Juniors Borowiak and Rowe followed with 15 and 14 point games.
Concordia (13-6, 7-6 WHAC) will look to break their three-game skid next Wednesday in a home game against Siena Heights. The Cardinals already have a 78-72 road win over the Saints beating them back on November 16th in their conference opener.