|Northwestern Ohio 10-12, 8-6 WHAC||6||20||19||16||61|
|Concordia University 14-7, 8-7 WHAC||19||14||19||20||72|
|Jan. 21, 2017|
|Ann Arbor, MI|
|Northwestern Ohio||Indv. Leaders||Concordia University|
|#30 Sogona Sidibe - 16||Points||#3 Brianna Rowe - 19|
|#12 Linda Ulasi - 15||Rebounds||#11 Kari Borowiak - 9|
|2 Players (#3,#30) - 3||Assists||2 Players (#11,#24) - 5|
|Northwestern Ohio||Team Statistics||Concordia University|
|34.4% (21 - 61)||Field Goals %||37.9% (22 - 58)|
|18.2% (2 - 11)||3 Point Field Goals %||50% (12 - 24)|
|70.8% (17 - 24)||Free Throws||59.3% (16 - 27)|
|12||2nd Chance Pts||3|
(Ann Arbor, MI) Concordia women's basketball beat Northwestern Ohio for the second time this season, clinging to a 72-61 win. Brianna Rowe (JR/Southfield, MI) led the way with 19 points, Zhana Randolph (SR/Waterford, MI) had a season-high 16, and Kari Borowiak (JR/Gaylord, MI) finished with a near double-double. The game was critical in the WHAC standings as the Cardinals move to within a half game of the Racers, Cornerstone, and Lawrence Tech.
Borowiak, who was honored for her 1,000 career point before the game, went to coast to coast to get the team going. The Cardinals found their rhythm from deep as Randolph and Michelle Murnen (JR/Toledo, OH) sank one each, as well as Brianna Rowe downing two of her own. The Concordia defense stymied the Racers, only allowing six points in the quarter with Randolph drawing two charges.
The second quarter saw a complete shift in momentum as UNOH scored 15 unanswered points before Randolph broke the streak and tied the game with a turnaround shot in the post. In the second half of the quarter the Cards received their offensive production from Borowiak attacking the basket and Randolph and Murnen hitting their second three pointers of the game. Despite a deflating first half of the second period, Concordia was able to regain their lead by halftime thanks to active defense later in the quarter.
The Racers came into the second half looking to get the ball inside, and were able to do so, scoring efficiently in the paint. The Cardinal offensive attack was based more on the perimeter as Borowiak and Randolph both recorded a three, with Rowe adding two more of her own. The Cards maintained their seven point lead over UNOH going into the fourth.
The Racers began to eat away at the Cardinal lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter until Rowe notched her fifth three of the day to keep the lead sizable. The Racers responded with a three of their own, but on the other side a driving Mia Long (FR/Ann Arbor, MI) kicked it out to Borowiak who drained it from deep. The Cards kept UNOH out of reach for the rest of the game, winning by double digits.
After a poor shooting performance earlier in the week against Madonna, the Cardinals were able to turn things around and make half of their attempts from behind the arc. Concordia had four players make two or more three pointers against the Racers.
Besides contributions from the outside, the Cards were able to score many of their points thanks to their defense. 13 of their 72 points were off of turnovers, compared to UNOH's 4. Concordia also took advantage of good passing, almost doubling the Racers' 8 assists, with 15.
Coach Thad Sankey was happy with the result and effort from his players. "We talked about ways we can win these close games and grind to the end, and we were able to do that today."
The Cardinals will have one last test before they head out to the Concordia Invitational Tournament in Nebraska next weekend. Concordia will go south to Lourdes University this Wednesday and play the Gray Wolves at 6 pm.
Concordia University sophomore and Sport and Entertainment Business major, Matt Korte, contributed to the contents of this article.