Benedictine downs CUW in battle of NACC unbeatens

Photo by Jordan Vredeveld
Photo by Jordan Vredeveld

MEQUON, Wis. – Concordia University Wisconsin struggled shooting the basketball during a 58-47 loss to Benedictine University on Saturday afternoon, as both teams entered the game undefeated in Northern Athletics Collegiate Confernence play.

THE BASICS
Final Score:
Benedictine 58, Concordia Wisconsin 47
Location: R. John Buuck Field House (Mequon, Wis.)
Records: Benedictine 9-2 (6-0 NACC), Concordia Wisconsin 8-2 (5-1 NACC)

HOW IT HAPPENED
- Both teams struggled all game shooting the basketball and CUW led for a short 15 seconds in the fourth quarter. However, its poor shooting was difficult to overcome as Benedictine finished the game on a 19-9 scoring run, in large part to 13-of-20 shooting at the free throw line.
- The Eagles led for 37:00 minutes in the 40 minute game and their bench helped in the win with 21 points. Neither team shot well – BU (38.2 percent), CUW (25.0 percent) – but it was the visitor's free throw shooting down the stretch that made the difference.
- CUW grabbed 18 offensive rebounds throughout the game, but managed to score just seven second chance points. They also made just 1-of-10 long balls.
- Senior Madelyn Landgraf (Elkhart Lake, Wis.) led all players with 16 points, which included 12-of-16 at the charity stripe. She also grabbed three rebounds.
- Junior Taylor DeLong (Milwaukee, Wis.) tallied 10 points on 5-of-10 shooting in a reserve role, while sophomore starter Brianna Wagner (Fond du Lac, Wis.) had three points and a team-high nine rebounds. Wagner finished 1-of-11 shooting in the game.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- CUW outscored Benedictine 26-16 in the paint and added six fast break points.
- Landgraf's 12 free throws made were a career-high and were tied for the third most in a game in program history. As well, her 16 free throw attempts were the second most in a game in program history.

THE OPPOSITION
- Nicole Botich and Raven Willis each had 12 points for the Eagles, while Payton Sims added 10 points.
- DeKayla Crayton grabbed a game-best 11 rebounds; while Botich hauled in nine rebounds, to go along with three blocks and three steals.

NEXT ON THE SCHEDULE
- The Falcons return to action on Tuesday with a 7 pm NACC contest against MSOE inside the R. John Buuck Field House. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 pm.

Falcons win!
February 10, 2016 Falcons win!