|Aquinas (Mich.) 16-12, 10-10 WHAC||14||11||15||20||60|
|Concordia University 18-10, 11-9 WHAC||14||17||10||31||72|
|Feb. 11, 2017|
|Ann Arbor, MI|
|Aquinas (Mich.)||Indv. Leaders||Concordia University|
|#31 Hannah Brefeld - 20||Points||#11 Kari Borowiak - 21|
|#31 Hannah Brefeld - 11||Rebounds||2 Players (#23,#24) - 7|
|#10 Katie Theut - 4||Assists||#11 Kari Borowiak - 6|
|Aquinas (Mich.)||Team Statistics||Concordia University|
|39% (23 - 59)||Field Goals %||37.5% (24 - 64)|
|21.1% (4 - 19)||3 Point Field Goals %||33.3% (9 - 27)|
|76.9% (10 - 13)||Free Throws||62.5% (15 - 24)|
|2||2nd Chance Pts||5|
(Ann Arbor, MI) Concordia women's basketball picked up a crucial victory playing Aquinas College on Senior Day Saturday afternoon. The teams started the day as two of the four teams tied for fourth place in the Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference, but a 72-60 Cardinal win moves them a game ahead of the Saints.
The fourth quarter began with Concordia holding a slim 41-40 edge, but Brianna Rowe and the offense erupted in the final 10 minutes to take over the game. Rowe scored 14 of her 16 points in the frame as she made three from behind the arc. The third came at 6:14 and gave the Cardinals their first double-digit lead at 55-44.
Kari Borowiak scored a game-high 21 points and halted a late Aquinas push finishing at the rim in transition with under three to go. A minute later she made it 63-55 knocking down a three off a ball screen to all but seal the victory.
The Saints are the best defensive team in the conference, but the big fourth quarter put the Cardinals well over their 57.89 average. "We made great decisions with the basketball," Coach Thad Sankey said after the game. "We settled in and understood when and how to move the ball to limit turnovers."
Concordia gave up three early possessions, but recovered to win the turnover battle, 22-8. Those early mistakes allowed Aquinas to lead much of the first quarter, but Borowiak sent a quick pass to Kasey Lowney who got the roll on a short jumper to tie at 14 in the closing seconds.
Long ripped the net for a triple from the corner at the 7:08 mark of the second that made it 19-18 in favor of CUAA. Late in the second, Randolph hit one of her own as the Cardinals went into halftime up 31-25.
The Saints took the lead briefly in the third quarter, but Short responded with a well contested shot from the paint to take it back. Randolph followed with a strip steal and breakaway layup as the Cardinals held onto the lead for good.
Concordia, now 18-10 (11-9 WHAC), will look to take sole possession of fourth place next Wednesday when they host Lawrence Tech who also sits at 11-9. That game is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Field House.