The Concordia Basketball teams took on the Morningside University Mustangs Wednesday night. The women won 71-64 and the men lost 69-62.
The women had a low-scoring first half and suffered from constant turnovers and missed shots. In the first quarter the Bulldogs only made 30% of their shots. However, as the second quarter went on, Concordia managed to pull ahead and create an eight point difference before halftime. The women continued to be plagued by little mistakes in the second half, but always managed to stay ahead of Morningside, cementing the win.
Sophomore Sadie Powell had the most points of the night with 18. Fellow sophomores Kendal Brigham and Taysha Rushton followed close behind with 16 and 15 points respectively. Rushton led in assists with five and Sophomore Abby Heemstra led in rebounds with seven.
The men meanwhile spent their first half trailing the Mustangs. The deficit topped out at seven points, but Morningside kept an easy command over Concordia despite the small lead. The Mustangs continued their lead over the Bulldogs in the second half and held them off for the rest of the game.
Senior Gage Smith and his sophomore brother Tristan Smith led the team in points with 18 apiece. Sophomore Noah Schutte rounded out the top three male scorers with 10 points. Gage Smith also led the team in assists and rebounds with 10 and 11 respectively.
The women are now 4-3 overall and 2-3 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference and the men are now 6-2 overall and 3-2 in the GPAC. They play again on Dec. 3 in Freidrich Arena at 2 p.m. for the women and 3:45 p.m. for the men.