The Briar Cliff women's basketball team fell (90-70) to No. 2 Concordia on Senior Day at the Newman Flanagan Center this afternoon. The Chargers slipped to 14-14 overall and 8-10 in the GPAC with the loss, while the Bulldogs improved to 26-1 overall and 17-0 in the conference.
The Chargers jumped out to a 9-0 lead to begin the game, but trailed 17-15 at the end of the first quarter. The nine point lead would be the biggest in the contest for the Cliff and Concordia would not trail after the first period. The Bulldogs built their lead up to as many as 24 points with 8:39 remaining in the game. Concordia earned the advantage in rebounds (49-32) and assists (21-13). Briar Cliff stole the ball 25 times and created 39 Concordia turnovers to score 36 points off turnovers, while the Bulldogs notched 14 steals and forced BC to commit 29 turnovers and converted them into 20 points. The Bulldog bench outscored the Charger reserves 41-12. Briar Cliff shot 35.0 percent from the field, 22.7 percent from downtown and 65.7 percent from the charity stripe, compared to Concordia shooting 45.8 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from distance and 78.6 percent from the free throw line.
Kailey Burke led the Blue and Gold with 21 points, trailed by Kaylee Blake and Morgan Hansen with 11 points apiece. Alyssa Carley was the only other Charger to reach double digits with 10 points. Hansen paced the offense with four assists and Rachel Knutson-Kobold notched a team-high six boards. Alyssa Carley led the team in steals with six, followed by Hansen and Julie Targy each creating five steals.
Quinn Wragge and Mary Janovich were the top scorers for Concordia each pouring in 17 points. Shelby Quinn dished out five assists and Wragge cleaned the glass with 11 rebounds.
The Chargers will travel to the No. 8 Mustangs on Wednesday. Tip-off between Briar Cliff and Morningside is scheduled for 6 p.m.