|Concordia (Mich.) 16-7||28||16||27||13||84|
|Jan. 27, 2017|
|CU-Chicago||Indv. Leaders||Concordia (Mich.)|
|#20 Taylor Jacobsen - 14||Points||#3 Brianna Rowe - 16|
|#14 Crystal Corr - 8||Rebounds||#23 Breanne Short - 9|
|#10 Courtney Lofink - 7||Assists||#24 Mia Long - 7|
|CU-Chicago||Team Statistics||Concordia (Mich.)|
|27% (17 - 63)||Field Goals %||39% (32 - 82)|
|11.5% (3 - 26)||3 Point Field Goals %||34.5% (10 - 29)|
|100% (11 - 11)||Free Throws||52.6% (10 - 19)|
|12||2nd Chance Pts||12|
(Seward, NE) Concordia women's basketball kicked off the 66th Concordia Invitational Tournament with a strong showing against Concordia Chicago. A resilient second-half defensive effort helped the Cardinals pull away for an 84-48 win.
CUAA gave up just 12 points in the final 20 minutes and limited the Cougars opportunities to score with 28 total turnovers. The offense was paced by five players in double-digits led by Brianna Rowe at 16 points.
The Cardinals controlled the tip and Mia Long promptly scored an easy layup in what became a high scoring start to the game. Long was active in the paint throughout the contest scoring 15 points and distributing 7 assists.
Midway through the first quarter, Michelle Murnen hit a pair of quick threes from the right wing and Rowe followed with two of her own from the same side of the arc to help Ann Arbor lead 28-23 at the end of the first. The deep ball carried into the second quarter and Kari Borowiak put the team up by 10 with an early three-pointer.
After going into the break with an eight-point lead, the Cardinals exploded to start the third quarter on a 14-0 run. Borowiak extended the margin to 20 with a triple from the top of the key at the 6:11 mark. Randolph finished the quarter with a buzzer-beating shot off the glass to make it 71-46.
Ann Arbor didn't allow the Cougars to make a field goal in the fourth quarter and cruised to an opening round victory. The Cardinals will take on Concordia Nebraska (NAIA #2) game in the championship tomorrow at 5:00 p.m. (6:00 p.m. EST).