Photo credit to Kayla Korb
The Concordia women’s basketball team lost a hard fought game against fourth-ranked Dordt College 76-69 on Saturday. Sophomore Sadie Powell finished the game with 18 points, going 7-11 from the field and making four of five three-pointers, along with seven rebounds.
Concordia and Dordt were even through the first quarter with a score of 19-19 heading into the second quarter. The Bulldogs began to pull away at the end of the second half, scoring 12 points in the final four minutes of the quarter. The half ended with the Bulldogs holding a 42-37 lead over the Defenders.
In the half, the Bulldogs as a team had a 46.7 field goal percentage and shot 40 percent from the three-point line. Concordia also shot 83.3 percent from the charity stripe and out-rebounded the Defenders 18 to 17. Powell led the team in points with 13, and rebounds with five, at the half. Sophomore Mackenzie Toomey led the Bulldogs with three assists in the first half.
The half started with Dordt going on an 11-0 run to take a 48-42 lead, forcing a Concordia timeout with 7:23 left in the third quarter. The Bulldogs were unable to overcome the charging Defenders, who held the lead the remainder of the game. The Bulldogs came within four points, trailing 73-69 with 1:12 in the fourth quarter, but ultimately Concordia fell to Dordt 76-69.
The Bulldogs finished the game with a shooting percentage of 41.5 and a three-point percentage of 38.1. Down the stretch Concordia raised their free throw percentage to 85, going 17-20 from the line. Concordia was out-rebounded in the second half, finishing the game with 30 boards compared to Dordt’s 38.
Powell talked about the team’s ability to compete with any opponent moving forward. She said, “I think we battled and fought hard. Dordt is a great team and it was a fun game to play in. Even though it didn’t go our way, I know we all have the confidence that we can play with any team in the nation.”
Concordia boasts a 16-8 record with a 12-6 record against Great Plains Athletic Conference opponents. The Bulldogs will travel to Crete on Wednesday to face off against GPAC rival Doane University at 6 p.m.