Lady Bulldogs double up on defense. Photo courtesy of Lyric Allen.
By Graham Friske
The No. 3 Concordia Bulldogs (24-2) defeated the No. 9 Dordt Defenders (20-6) by a score of 74-56, thanks to senior Philomena Lammers leading the way with 17 points.
The Bulldogs’ defense helped generate the win. The Bulldogs forced 30 turnovers and blocked five shots. They allowed only one Defender to score with double digits (Karly Gustafson with 11) and held the Defenders to only convert on 30% of their shots from the field.
This helped aid Concordia’s offensive struggle as they were only able to shoot 36% from the field. Senior Mackenzie Helman and sophomore Mackenzie Koepke contributed six of Concordia’s seven made 3-point shots.
The Bulldogs took an early 12-point lead in the first quarter and never looked back. Despite Dordt’s best efforts, the Bulldogs were able to maintain a comfortable lead during the course of the match.
Concordia returns home to host a very important matchup against No. 2 Hastings on Wednesday, Feb. 12. This game has the potential to decide the winner of the Great Plains Athletic Conference regular season championship. Hastings holds the top rank in the GPAC and is undefeated through 26 games. In conference play, Concordia has only dropped one game and it came from Hasting on Jan. 8 by a score of 59-66. Tipoff will be at 6 p.m.
Dordt will be on the road for another conference game against Briar Cliff (7-19) on Feb. 12 at 6 p.m.