Falcons grind out road win over UW-Platteville

Photo by Jordan Vredeveld
Photo by Jordan Vredeveld

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – It surely wasn't pretty, but Concordia University Wisconsin did what it had to during a gritty 58-55 non-conference win at UW-Platteville. The Falcons are off to their second best start in program history with the 8-1 record.

THE BASICS
Final Score:
Concordia Wisconsin 58, UW-Platteville 55
Location: Bo Ryan Court (Platteville, Wis.)
Records: Concordia Wisconsin 8-1, UW-Platteville 3-8

QUOTING STACEY BRUNNER-JONES
"Wow, sometimes you have to win the ugly and sloppy games," head coach Stacey Brunner-Jones said. "It was still a win, but we struggled to get into any offensive rhythm during the game. We did enough on the defensive end to walk away with a victory, but we have to play better from this point on."

HOW IT HAPPENED
- CUW never trailed in the game and allowed UW-Platteville to even things just three times in the contest. However, the Falcons led by four points for the majority of the fourth quarter until Baylee Barker drained a pair of free throws to increase the lead to six points, 56-50, with 57 seconds to play.
- The Pioneers exchanged a jumper for a free throw prior to Morgan Hartman hitting a deep 3-pointer to get the hosts within two points with 18 seconds to play. Barker was fouled and made the second of two free throws for a three-point CUW lead with 16 seconds to play. Elisa Bilderback's 28-foot heave came up short for UW-Platteville with seconds to play.
- Senior Madelyn Landgraf (Elkhart Lake, Wis.) led the Falcons with 12 points, but was 3-of-16 from the field and 1-of-5 from downtown. She also had four rebounds, five assists and four steals.
- Junior Samantha Blissett (Springfield, Ill.) and sophomore Audrey Scharmer (Winona, Minn.) each had 10 points, while junior Brianna Wagner (Fond du Lac, Wis.) added nine points and grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds (six offensive). She also assisted on four field goals and swatted three shots.
- Neither team shot well, as the Falcons were 31.9 percent (22-of-69) from the floor and the Pioneers ended with 29.7 percent (19-of-64). Both teams were a combined 3-of-21 from outside the 3-point arc.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Wagner's 18 rebounds are tied for the fifth most in a game in program history. Her previous career high was 16, which she accomplished twice during her rookie season (2014-15).
- The Falcons have started the season 8-1, which is the second-best start to a season only to the 9-0 beginning to the 2013-14 season.
- CUW tallied 28 points in the paint and assisted on 16 of its 31 field goals. The Falcons also scored 20 points off 22 Pioneer turnovers.

THE OPPOSITION
- Morgan Hartman led all players with 16 points, to go along with eight rebounds and two steals. Elisa Bilderback added 12 points, seven rebounds and two blocks.
- Allison Prestegaard had an impressive game off the bench with eight points, 14 rebounds and six blocks.

NEXT ON THE SCHEDULE
- The Falcons return to NACC action with a high-anticipated matchup against Benedictine on Saturday at 4 pm inside the R. John Buuck Field House. Both teams enter with a 5-0 league record.

Falcons win!
February 10, 2016 Falcons win!