MEQUON, Wis. – Concordia University Wisconsin overcame a slow start and had four players score in double-figures during a 75-52 season-opening victory over Beloit on Wednesday night inside the R. John Buuck Field House. The Falcons have now won four-consecutive season-openers.
Final Score: Concordia Wisconsin 75, Beloit 52
Location: R. John Buuck Field House (Mequon, Wis.)
Records: Concordia Wisconsin 1-0, Beloit 0-1
"It is great to start the season with a victory," head coach Stacey Brunner-Jones said. "It was somewhat of an ugly games at times, but a win is a win and we are happy to start the season 1-0. We had a balanced scoring attack tonight, however, we struggled at the free throw line. We have to make free throws. I am happy with our 17 assists and the way we shared the basketball."
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Falcons ended the game shooting an impressive 53.8 percent (31-of-61) and forced an eye-popping 32 Buccaneer turnovers in the new four-quarter format. CUW led from wire-to-wire and four of the five starters reached double-figures
- Both teams struggled in the opening quarter, as just 20 points were scored on a combined 8-of-22 shooting (36.3 percent) by both teams. Senior Megan Coenen (Green Bay, Wis.) tallied four points in the opening period and the Falcons had 10 of their 12 points in the paint.
- The Falcons started to take control in the second quarter and pushed their advantage to as many as 13 points on three different occasions. An 11-4 scoring run during a four minute and 18 second span pushed all the momentum in favor of the hosts. Coenen again controlled the paint and added seven points in the quarter, as CUW shot a blistering 57.1 percent (8-of-14). They also forced eight turnovers in the period.
- Beloit made several halftime adjustments and used those to cut the double-figure deficit down to four points, 36-32, with 6:55 to play in the third quarter. The scoring run forced a Falcon timeout, which lit a fire and the response was an 11-2 scoring run to retake command of the non-conference matchup. CUW would lead 51-36 after 30 minutes of action.
- The Falcons pushed their lead into the 20-point range for several minutes in the fourth quarter. They scored 16 of their 23 points in the painted area and continued to apply defensive pressure against the Buccaneers, which resulted in seven turnovers. During the quarter junior Samantha Blissett (Springfield, Ill.) stole three passes.
- Blissett also led the team in scoring with 14 points on 7-of-8 shooting, to go along with five assists and five steals. Seniors Madelyn Landgraf (Elkhart Lake, Wis.) and Coenen each had 13 points apiece. Landgraf assisted on six field goals and stole three passes, while Coenen pulled down seven rebounds (three offensive) and stole three passes.
- Sophomore Brianna Wagner (Fond du Lac, Wis.) added 11 points, two blocks and three steals.
- Sophomore Katelyn Sewall (Menasha, Wis.) led the Falcons bench with eight points and two assists. Freshman Marciarae' Harmon (Milwaukee, Wis.) added six points in a starting role, while junior Taylor DeLong (Milwaukee, Wis.) and sophomore Audrey Scharmer (Winona, Minn.) each had four points off the bench.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- The Falcons scored double-figure points in the paint during each quarter. Overall, they had 46 points in the painted area or 61.3 percent of their point production in the game.
- Beloit turned the ball over 32 times, a year after CUW forced 30 turnovers.
- Blissett's 14 points and five steals were both career highs.
- Landgraf's six assists tied a career high.
- CUW has now won four-straight non-conference games dating back to January 25, 2014.
- Lana Wieseman led all players with 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting, to go along with six rebounds and a game-high three blocks.
- Laura Panicali added 14 points, while Shelby Kline scored five points, grabbed five rebounds and stole two passes.
- Nora Polaski led the Buccaneers with seven points and Melissa Mclean grabbed six rebounds in a reserve role.
NEXT ON THE SCHEDULE
- The Falcons travel to Edgewood next Tuesday for the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference opener at 7 pm.