Mattie Murren carried the ninth-ranked Chargers to an 88-80 road victory over NAIA No. 4 Concordia as she scored a career-high 29 points. Murren was 9-13 from the field, including 7-9 from three-point land. Her seven threes tied her own school record, which she shares with former BC all-American Meg Wilson.
Tonight, Murren was 8-9 from the floor and a perfect 7-7 from downtown in the first half alone, notching 23 points and setting the tone for the upset. Murren has been just as hot of late, shooting 14-21 from the field (66.7 percent) and 10-15 from three-point land (66.7 percent) in the Chargers' last two games.
As a team, the Chargers were also on fire tonight, shooting 50.0 percent from the field and 52.9 percent from three-point land. They led by as many as 17 points in the second half. Sara Reeves was 7-9 from the field and finished with 20 points, while Kela Cihak finished with 11. The Chargers won the battle of the boards, outrebounding the Bulldogs, 46-40. Slone Masters came off the bench to lead the Cliff with eight caroms. The lone blemish for the Chargers on the night was their 31 turnovers, while only forcing the Bulldogs into 22.
The Bulldogs shot only 27.3 percent from the field in the first half and 34.1 percent for the game. From downtown, they shot 21.9 percent on the night. Bailey Morris paced the home team with 20 points, while Kristen Conahan finished with 17 and Lori Laboda added a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double.
The win propelled the Chargers to 22-5 overall and into a second place tie in the GPAC standings (13-4) with the Bulldogs of Concordia. Concordia is now 21-5 overall and 13-4 in league play. Briar Cliff will be in action again, Saturday, against NAIA No. 6 Morningside. Tip-off at the Newman Flanagan Center is scheduled for 2 p.m.