Colby Duvel holds the basketball against Hastings College players on Nov. 14. Photo by Laura VonKampen.
- by Nicholas Boys
Concordia’s women’s basketball team defeated Hastings College at home on Wednesday night in front of a strong Bulldog faithful. Despite a third quarter push from the Hastings Broncos, the Bulldogs came out on top by the score of 82-68.
The Bulldogs were led by guard and junior Grace Barry who finished the night with 14 points, 8 assists and 7 steals. Sophomore Taylor Cockerill led the scoring on the night with 17 points, while strong performances were also put in by senior Quinn Wragge and junior Philomena Lammers, who both finished with 14 points.
“I thought we did a really good job of forcing turnovers. It really helped us go on a couple of runs to extend the lead and they didn’t really know what hit them,” junior Taryn Schuette, a guard, said.
The Bulldogs’ full-court press was relentless although challenged at times by the Hastings offense, especially by a particular guard, junior Shandra Farmer. Farmer, a second-team All-American a year ago, finished with 12 points and 4 assists, and led the Broncos to within six midway through the third quarter before falling into foul trouble.
“Hastings always comes to put up a fight– they’re tough and scrappy,” Schuette said. “We can do a better job with our ball pressure, especially in the press, as their guards carved us up at times tonight.”
An early 8-0 run in the fourth quarter sealed the fate of the Broncos as the Bulldogs ran away as 14-point victors. Concordia is now 7-0 on the season, including wins against three ranked opponents. They also extended their home winning streak to 39 straight games. The Bulldogs will have another tough test this weekend as they take on number 16 ranked Jamestown at home on Saturday.
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