by Garrett Suchanek
For the second time in nine days, the No. 14 Concordia women’s basketball team took the court against Dordt College, and for the second time, the Bulldogs won over the Defenders, this time with a 68-64 win.
Despite being outrebounded and a heroic performance by Dordt’s Mycah Hulst, the Bulldogs found a way to survive on the road and improve to 8-3 overall and 5-3 in GPAC.
The Defenders gave the Bulldogs all they wanted and then some. Led by Hulst’s 20 points and 25 rebound effort, the Defenders were in control most of the night.
Late in the third quarter, the Bulldogs finally broke through and took their first lead of the game, 50-48. Dordt was able to regain the lead with three points in the final minute of the quarter to lead 51-50 going to the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs were the aggressor as junior Devin Edwards buried a 3-pointer to open the scoring and give Concordia a 53-51 lead. Concordia had its largest lead of the game after junior Shelby Quinn nailed a 3-pointer to make it 56-51.
The Bulldogs clung to a two-point lead with under a minute to go. Sophomore Mary Janovich sunk a pair of free throws with three seconds left to give Concordia a four-point lead and seal the victory.
Concordia used a balanced offensive attack as five players recorded seven or more points. The Bulldogs were led by senior Becky Mueller, who finished with 14 points. Quinn also finished in double figures with 13 points. Janovich and freshmen Quinn Wragge and Maddie Egr finished with nine, nine and seven points respectively.
The Bulldogs will enjoy some holiday break before taking off to California for a pair of games on Dec. 29 and 30. Concordia will face Simpson University on Dec. 29 and Pacific Union College on Dec. 30.