By Zack Gentry
The Concordia women’s basketball team lost to the Northwestern Red Raiders Saturday at home 72-56.
Sophomore guard Taysha Rushton finished with 17 points. Sophomore forward Sadie Powell had eight points and four rebounds. Sophomore guard Abby Krieser finished with six points, four rebounds and two steals.
During the first quarter, each team traded baskets to keep the game close. Toward the middle of the quarter, the Raiders had some momentum but the Bulldogs hit a basket and a foul shot to take it back. At the end the quarter Rushton had back- to-back points to go by two, while the Raiders scored in the last seconds to tie it at 14.
In the second quarter, the Bulldogs got two quick back- to-back scores to extend a small lead and then pulled away until the Raiders went on a 7-0 run that put them within one point. Rushton and Powell both scored in the last minute of the quarter, and the lead was 34-28.
Both teams traded baskets early to start the third quarter. There was a lot of back and forth, but the Bulldogs gained a six-point lead. The Raiders went on another run that put them within one point, forcing a Bulldog timeout. The Raiders gained their second lead of the night and the quarter ended with a 49-44 score.
Early in the fourth quarter the Raiders went up after hitting back-to-back 3-point shots, playing great defense to finish the game 72-56.