MEQUON, Wis. – It came down to the final 10 minutes of play on Tuesday night before defense became a premium and it was Concordia Wisconsin's lock-down effort that resulted in a 56-44 victory over MSOE inside the R. John Buuck Field House.
Final Score: Concordia Wisconsin 56, MSOE 44
Location: R. John Buuck Field House (Mequon, Wis.)
Records: Concordia Wisconsin 14-3, 12-2 NACC; MSOE 7-10, 4-7 NACC
QUOTING TAYLOR DeLONG
HOW IT HAPPENED
- With the Falcons trailing by two going into the final quarter of the contest, it was their defense that allowed just six Raider points; including a single point during that stretch to Holly Denfield – the reigning NACC Player of the Year. More importantly, Concordia Wisconsin stayed in the race for the top spot in the league standings.
- Coaches will always stress the importance of free throw shooting and Samantha Blissett sank nine in the game, including 7-of-8 in the final minutes of the victory. Both teams had an off night shooting the basketball, but the Falcons ball security (seven turnovers) provided to be a difference maker.
- The contest was close throughout, with eight scoring ties and 11 lead changes. It looked like Denfeld was going to have an impressive game with eight points in the opening period, but the Falcons defensive presence was stifling and suffocating from then on.
- Senior Taylor DeLong (Milwaukee, Wis.) led the Falcons with 16 points on 8-of-14 shooting off the bench, while Blissett (Springfield, Ill.) finished with 11 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals.
- Sophomore Baylee Barker (Oconomowoc, Wis.) added 13 points and junior Audrey Scharmer (Winona, Minn.) tallied six points, eight rebounds and two steals.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Blissett's nine free throw makes were the most in a game in her career.
- MSOE was led by Denfeld with 12 points and 10 rebounds. She also came away with two blocks and two steals. Margaret Pugh recorded eight points and five rebounds in 27 minutes.
- Jamie Spanbauer also hit double figures in points by pouring in 10 and corralling four rebounds. Brooke Scott proved to be reliable of the bench for the Raiders by chipping in seven points.
NEXT ON THE SCHEDULE
- The Flacons will travel Seward, Neb., for the Concordia Invitational Tournament this Friday and Saturday.