(Ann Arbor, MI) With the 66th Concordia Invitational Tournament in the books, CUAA women's basketball has hit the home stretch of the 2016-17 regular season. Last week saw wins at Lourdes and over Concordia Chicago in the first round of CIT before losing to #2 Concordia Nebraska in the finals on Saturday.
The Cardinals have six Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference games to play and are in the midst of a packed race within the standings. At 9-7 the team currently sits in a three-way tie for fourth place, are a game out of third, but also just a game in front of ninth. This week Concordia will have battles against the top two conference teams: #6 Davenport and #20 Indiana Tech.
Scouting the Panthers
The Cardinals hope to hand the Panthers (22-2, 16-0 WHAC) their first conference blow of the season in Wednesday's home matchup where they are 9-2 this year. In their first meeting on December 7th, the teams were tied at 40 early in the third quarter before a 14-0 run helped Davenport pick up momentum for an 89-70 win in Grand Rapids. Davenport plays a deep bench with 10 players averaging more than 14 minutes of playing time and five more than nine points per game. Concordia will look for ways to slow Panther leading-scorer Courtney Murphy who averages 12.4 points per game and went for 17 on December 7th.
Scouting the Warriors
Indian Tech (17-6, 12-4 WHAC) rank third in the NAIA DII in field goal percentage (46.7%), fifth in 3-point field goal percentage (38.3%) and 3-pointers made a game (9.7) adding up to 80.3 points per game. Keanna Gary leads the inside game with 17.3 points and 12.1 rebounds per contest, and her 16 double-doubles leads the conference. Haley Cook, Taylor Seiss, and Kendall Knapke are all threats from behind the arc and all average double figure scoring.
Despite the attack, strong defenses have been able to halt Indiana Tech throughout the year. They have scored over 70 in only one of their six losses, and, conversely, have only won twice this season in games they scored less than 70. Concordia played arguably their best defensive game in their 61-54 upset win over the Warriors this December as they were paced offensively by 25-point night from Kari Borowiak (JR/Gaylord, MI). In that game, the Cardinals limited them to 31.7% shooting, five 3-pointers, and 54 points.
Points per game #11 Kari Borowiak (16.0)
#24 Mia Long (FR/Ann Arbor, MI) (13.1)
FG % #11 Kari Borowiak (.509)
3-point FG% #11 Kari Borowiak (.412)
Free throw % #11 Kari Borowiak (.788)
Rebounds per game #2 Karlee Morris (SO/Ypsilant, MI) (8.3)
Assists per game #11 Kari Borowiak (3.74)
Steals per game #24 Mia Long (3.0)
Blocks #23 Breanne Short (JR/Freeland, MI) (41)