The Briar Cliff women's basketball team fell 84-72 at No. 8 Morningside this evening. The loss drops the Chargers to 14-15 overall and 8-11 in the GPAC, while the Mustangs improve to 22-7 and 13-6 in league play.
Briar Cliff scored the opening bucket, but Morningside scored 47 seconds later and would not relinquish the lead after that point. The Chargers forced 26 Mustang turnovers and converted them into 21 points off of turnovers, while Morningside created 17 Briar Cliff turnovers and exchanged them for 18 points. The Mustangs won the statistical categories of rebounds (52-34), assists (20-10) and second chance points (17-15). The Chargers earned the advantage in steals (19-11). Briar Cliff shot 36.5 percent from the field, 31.8 percent from downtown and 73.3 percent from the charity stripe, compared to Morningside going 46.8 percent from the floor, 34.5 percent from distance and 66.7 percent from the free throw line.
Kailey Burke led the Cliff in scoring with 18 points, followed by Taylor Wagner netting 17, Alyssa Carley chipping in 15 and Erin Grimshaw adding 11. Julie Targy cleaned the glass with eight rebounds and Burke notched seven boards. Wagner dished out three assists, while Targy created five steals and Kylee Hickman forced four turnovers. Burke rejected two shots.
Lauren Lehmkuhl led all scorers with 21 points. Madison Braun was the second best scorer for the Mustangs with 19 points, trailed by Lexi Ackerman with 14 and Rachelle Housh with 10. Lehmkuhl pulled down 15 boards and Ackerman paced the offense with five assists. Bruan was credited with three steals in the contest.
Briar Cliff will travel to No. 10 Hastings on Saturday. Tip-off between the Chargers and Broncos is scheduled for 2 p.m.