The Concordia women's basketball team opened its Great Plains Athletic Conference Tournament semifinal against Northwestern on a 13-1 run and never looked back in an 88-51 win on Saturday at Walz Arena in Seward.
The No. 2 Bulldogs (30-2) raced to a 20-9 first-quarter lead and led by no less than nine for the entire second half.
Philomena Lammers led Concordia with 18 points, five rebounds and five blocks; Dani Andersen, Brenleigh Daum and Erin Vieselmeyer all added 12 points apiece. The Bulldogs had 20 steals and forced 34 Northwestern turnovers.
Andersen had a team-high four steals and also had four assists, and Lammers added three steals. Concordia held the Red Raiders to 27 percent shooting.
“We just kept our focus and intensity level up,” Lammers said. “We go on every play and don’t take any off. We always go for the ball and are in their face all the time.”
Concordia hosts Dakota Wesleyan (26-5) on Tuesday at 7 p.m., after the Tigers drilled Doane 81-57 in the other semifinal.
Hanah Barnard scored 23 points for Doane (15-16) to finish with 647 points on the season, a school single-season record.
Briar Cliff, Northwestern men advance
Briar Cliff downed Morningside 87-72 to advance to its second straight GPAC championship game and will host Northwestern, an 84-65 winner over Dakota Wesleyan, at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Jay Wolfe scored 19 points to lead five Briar Cliff players in double figures. Colton Kooima had 25 points to lead Northwestern.