RIVER FOREST, Ill. – Samantha Blissett made a free throw with 12.7 seconds remaining and Concordia Wisconsin survived after a Concordia Chicago game-tying 3-pointer at the buzzer was off the mark during a 75-72 victory.
Final Score: Concordia Wisconsin 75, Concordia Chicago 72
Location: Geiseman Gymnasium (River Forest, Ill.)
Records: Concordia Wisconsin 21-4, 18-2 NACC; Concordia Chicago 15-10, 14-6 NACC
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Concordia Wisconsin, playing Concordia Chicago for the third time this season, held a seven-point lead with 51 seconds remaining and it nearly slipped away. The Cougars made back-to-back layups to get within three points with 38 seconds to play.
- Senior Samantha Blissett (Springfield, Ill.) drained a pair of free three throws, however, Lauren Orr drained a 3-pointer to put the Concordia Chicago down just two points with the scoreboard showing 23 seconds. After a turnover by each team, Blissett made the second of her two free throws to push the visitors back in front by three points.
- Concordia Chicago passed the ball around before getting a desperation long ball attempt the banged off the back iron as the horn sounded.
- The game was close with 11 scoring times and 10 lead changes. Concordia Wisconsin led for just over 14 minutes, while Concordia Chicago held the advantage for nearly 22 minutes.
- Sophomore Baylee Barker (Oconomowoc, Wis.) netted 20 points, including 9-of-11 at the charity stripe. Junior Audrey Scharmer (Winona, Minn.) had a double-double with 11 points and 15 rebounds.
- Blissett ended the win with a career-high-tying 16 points, eight assists, three rebounds, four steals and two blocks.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- The Falcons ended the NACC portion of the season with an 18-2 record and with the outright title for the second season in a row.
- Concordia Wisconsin was 26-of-36 at the free throw line and its 26 free throws made are tied for the seventh most in a game in program history.
- Barker's nine free throws made were a career high.
- Taylor Jacobsen tallied 20 points and five steals off the bench, while Courtney Lofink had 18 points and four assists. Lauren Orr and Miranda Rogers each drained three 3-pointers en route to 13 and 11 points, respectively.
NEXT ON THE SCHEDULE
- Concordia Wisconsin, as the No. 1 seed in the NACC Tournament, will face the winner of No. 4 Wisconsin Lutheran vs. No. 5 Concordia Chicago on Thursday at 7 pm inside the R. John Buuck Field House.