The No. 2 Concordia women's basketball team turned a three-point lead into a 20-point cushion in hurry. The Bulldogs clinched their eighth berth in the NAIA Division II Tournament quarterfinals with a 75-56 victory against No. 18 Cardinal Stritch on Friday in Sioux City, Iowa.
Cardinal Stritch used an 8-0 run early in the third quarter to cut Concordia's lead to 39-36, and Bulldog coach Drew Olson subbed out all five starters.
Devin Edwards and Sydney Feller then hit back-to-back three-pointers to spark a 16-3 spurt, and the Wolves failed to make a serious charge after that.
“We felt like we had more depth. We just wanted to wear them down,” Olson said. “I thought that paid off in the third quarter, as we were able to get some transition layups because of the work we did in the first two quarters.”
Concordia (33-2) held Cardinal Stritch to 29 percent shooting and forced 26 turnovers.
“That’s one of the things we take a lot of pride in,” Bulldog freshman Philly Lammers said. “We always want to get up in the other team and force as many turnovers as we can. We want to be up in their face the best we can.”
Lammers had 20 points, 14 rebounds and three steals, and Erin Vieselmeyer came off the bench to add 12 points and seven rebounds. Quinn Wragge scored 10 points.
“We always try to attack and be aggressive,” Lammers said. “That’s what Coach says is when we’re best — when we’re all trying to attack and get into the paint and score. We were trying to focus on that.”
Concordia will play Jamestown (27-5) at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Great Plains Athletic Conference teams went 1-3 in Friday's quarterfinals. Dakota Wesleyan lost to Eastern Oregon 83-75, Northwestern (Iowa) lost to Southeastern (Florida) 87-55 and Morningside lost to College of the Ozarks 80-72.
Bellevue wins battle of Nebraska
Cameron Cardenas scored 24 points and grabbed six rebounds, and Jarred Cook added 16 points to lead the Bellevue men to a 78-76 win against York in the second round of the NAIA Division II Tournament in Point Lookout, Missouri.
The Bruins (28-7) were back on the floor about 16 hours after finishing their first-round game at 12:20 a.m. Friday.
York led 44-28, but Bellevue went on a 16-4 run to cut it to 48-44. A three-pointer by Cardenas gave Bellevue its first lead (65-64) since the opening moments of the game.
Johnny Cooksey led York with 17 points, and teammate Cameron Coleman had 13 points and 15 rebounds.
Indiana Wesleyan defeated Northwestern (Iowa) 77-75 to end the GPAC's hope of a national champion.