Falcon Women defeat Concordia Chicago for the third time this season
RIVER FOREST, Ill.
-- Concordia University Wisconsin pulled away from
stubborn Concordia University Chicago in the second half, recording
a 54-43 win in the Northern Athletics Conference Challenge Game on
Saturday afternoon in Geiseman Gymnasium.
Head coach Stacey Brunner-Jones' Falcons struggled to a 24-21 halftime lead, missing all five of their 3-point attempts and turning the ball over numerous times in the first 20 minutes.
"We have to rely on our half court defense to keep us in games when we are out of sync offensively," said Brunner-Jones. "Our defensive effort was pretty consistent."
The Cougars took a 27-26 lead with 17 minutes remaining in the game before CUW (15-10) went on a 14-5 run and maintained a six-point margin or better from the 11 minute mark the rest of the way.
Junior guard Brittany Zietlow (Oak Creek, Wis.) had 10 of her 12 points after the break to key the Falcon offense. Her teammates dominated the boards, holding a 38-26 advantage on the glass by the end of the contest. Sophomore Katie Luethe (Oshkosh, Wis.) and junior Camille Parsons (Urbana, Ill.) were the other CUW players in double figures with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
CUW shot a respectable 42 percent from the floor, while holding their opponents to 33 percent from the field. Christina Calabrese and Bobbie May had 11 points each for the Cougars (9-16).
Brunner-Jones' squad, seeded No. 5 in NAC Tournament, will travel to Sheboygan, Wis., on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. NAC Tournament Quarterfinal matchup with No. 4 Lakeland College. The Muskies have defeated the Falcons twice this season.