The No. 2 Concordia women's basketball team flexed its muscle in Wednesday's opening round of the NAIA Division II tournament with a 101-66 win over Bryan, Tennessee, College in Sioux City, Iowa.
The Bulldogs (32-2) made 12 three-pointers and forced 32 turnovers, as 13 of the 14 Concordia players to see the court made at least one field goal. The Bulldogs had 26 assists, with 12 different players having at least one helper, and totaled 23 team steals.
Dani Andersen led the way with 18 points on 4-of-11 three-point shooting, Laurel Krohn added 13 points (3-of-5 from three) and Brenleigh Daum had 11 points, with three threes.
After trailing 7-3 just 1 minute, 30 seconds into the game, Concordia doubled up Bryan over rest of the quarter for a 27-19 lead after one. Aubri Bro's three-pointer just over 2 minutes into the second quarter gave the Bulldogs a 33-22 lead and the Concordia lead stayed at double digits the rest of the way.
“I thought we started off a little sluggish,” Concordia coach Drew Olson said. “I don’t know if it was jitters or what. We just needed to calm down and just play hard.
“With our depth athleticism, we want the game to be at a really good pace. We might give up some stuff like we did today. They did a nice job throwing it deep at times, but I think that feeds into what we’re trying to do.”
Concordia faces Cardinal Stritch, Wisconsin, at 10:15 a.m. Friday in the second round. The two teams have met three previous times at the national tournament, with the Bulldogs having won two of three, but the Wolves winning the most recent meeting in a 2013 first-round game.
“Cardinal Stritch is a great defensive team and really well-coached,” Olson said. “They’re really good in the half court. We have to make it more of a transition game. If we’re just playing in the half court, then it’s going to favor them, but hopefully we can keep the pace going how we want.”
Dakota Wesleyan 66, Milligan, Tenn. 54: Dakota Wesleyan held off a fourth-quarter rally and got 18 points and nine rebounds from Ashley Bray.
Hastings to face familiar foe: The Broncos will play a familiar foe at the NAIA Division II Tournament, taking on No. 4 seed Friends for the second time this season at 8:45 p.m. Thursday in Sioux City, Iowa.
No. 5 seed Hastings beat the Falcons 61-55 in the second game of the season.
Hastings, making its 18th appearance at the national tournament, will try to stop Shann Sellers, the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year, who averaged more than 24 points per game.
Northwest Christian 91, Midland 78: Alex Starkel had a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Warriors, but it was not enough for Midland, which ended the season 21-10.
York, Bellevue ready for first-round games: The Panthers take on Rochester College (Michigan) in the NAIA Division II tournament at 5:45 p.m. Thursday in Point Lookout, Missouri. York (24-9) enters the tournament on an 11-game winning streak. The tournament is divided into four eight-team brackets. Rochester (29-2) is seeded second in its bracket, York seventh. Bellevue (22-10) plays Briar Cliff (26-7) at 9:15 p.m. Thursday in the NAIA Division II tournament in Point Lookout, Missouri. Bellevue is seeded sixth in the Duer Bracket and Briar Cliff is No. 3. The teams played in December, with Bellevue winning 92-73. Bellevue will be playing in the national tournament for the 15th straight season.