Third time needs to be the charm!
-- Concordia University Wisconsin lost twice to Lakeland
College this season and those painful 53-51 home and 54-50 road
defeats cost the Falcons sole possession of second place in the
Northern Athletics Conference North Division during the regular
season. Both teams finished with 13-5 in conference action, but the
Muskies earned a higher seed in the conference tournament based on
those head-to-head victories.
Now the No. 4-seeded Muskies host the No. 5 Falcons in the NAC Tournament quarterfinals at 7 p.m.
First-year head coach Lindsay Vande Hoef has her contingent playing physical, defensive-minded basketball as evidenced by the fact that CUW shot only 31 percent from the floor in the two earlier matchups and was outrebounded by their bitter rivals in both games.
In their most recent battle, LC's size caused CUW post players to connect on only 9-of-34 shots. CUW was a frigid 2-of-16 from beyond the arc.
The Muskies (18-7) did not have a single player reach double figures in the Feb. 7 meeting, but nine different Muskies scored and LC center Jessica Genke dominated the boards with 12 rebounds.
"We know each other well," said head coach Stacey Brunner-Jones. "It's a matter of which team executes their game plan more effectively."