|Siena Heights (Mich.) 15-6, 8-5 WHAC||17||21||8||14||60|
|Concordia University 13-7, 7-7 WHAC||12||15||15||13||55|
|Jan. 18, 2017|
|Ann Arbor, MI|
|Siena Heights (Mich.)||Indv. Leaders||Concordia University|
|2 Players (#31,#35) - 14||Points||#3 Brianna Rowe - 15|
|#35 Sharmaine Wills - 11||Rebounds||#14 Zhana Randolph - 6|
|#24 Jaaliyah Arrington - 3||Assists||#3 Brianna Rowe - 2|
|Siena Heights (Mich.)||Team Statistics||Concordia University|
|43.6% (17 - 39)||Field Goals %||29.7% (19 - 64)|
|25% (2 - 8)||3 Point Field Goals %||11.5% (3 - 26)|
|58.5% (24 - 41)||Free Throws||66.7% (14 - 21)|
|7||2nd Chance Pts||10|
(Ann Arbor, MI) After suffering an early deficit, the Cardinals were unable to complete a comeback and fell short to Siena Heights. The game, full of fouls, turnovers, and pressuring defense, was eventually won by the Saints thanks to rebounding and scoring in the post.
The first quarter started off quickly with a block by Breanne Short, a stat that she leads the conference in, which led to a three for Kari Borowiak on the inbounds play. The Saints continually looked to get the ball down low and scored the majority of their points in the post. Concordia's offense for the rest of the quarter was spurred by Mia Long as she attacked the hoop and sank a three as well.
The second quarter featured a bevy of fouls on both sides as the game became extremely physical under the basket. Several of Concordia's starters picked up two or three fouls which forced them to play the quarter more cautiously than normal. Concordia was outrebounded and outshot by Siena as the Saints slowly grew an eleven point lead going into the half.
The third quarter proved to be much like the second, with many fouls by both sides. The Cardinal defense utilized a full court press that pressured the Saints into committing turnovers which Concordia began to convert into points. The Cards were unable to find their touch from behind the arc, but were able to close the gap before the last quarter by only allowing eight points.
Brianna Rowe tied the game up with two baskets to start off the quarter for the Cardinals. Concordia played a tight, full court, man-to-man that caused many Saint turnovers, but the Cards made several mistakes of their own. Siena Heights began to pull away with a minute remaining and came out with the victory.
Normally a good team from three, the Cardinals struggled tonight, making only 3 of 26. Another area where the Cards came up short was in shot selection according to Coach Thad Sankey. "We need to do a better job of working through contact and dictating when and where our shots are."
Throughout this season, Concordia has done well, to not foul, averaging 11 per game. Today was a different story as the whistles rang for both sides, with the Cards accumulating 31 team fouls.
Concordia will be at home this weekend to battle the Northwestern Ohio Racers. Tip off will be at 1 pm this Saturday.
Concordia University sophomore and Sport and Entertainment Business major, Matt Korte, contributed to the contents of this article.