Fri, Mar. 9, 2012
Women’s Basketball – DII
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Sioux City, Iowa - Cardinal Stritch University Wolves women's basketball team could not handle the defensive pressure that the Bulldogs of Concordia University through at them as Stritch committed 31 turnovers and fell by the score of 69-48 in the second round of the NAIA National Tournament.
The Wolves ran into offensive troubles starting the game against the Bulldogs. In the first five minutes of the contest the Wolves struggled to handle the pressure Concordia through at them and committed six turnovers and feel behind 12-1.
Stritch did not score their first basket of the game until the 13:10 mark of the first half when Michelle Piepenburg (Chilton, Wis.) hit a shot in the lane. This put the Wolves down 14-4.
With the score at 16-6, Julie Raeder (Sheboygan Falls, Wis.) hit a three pointer cutting the Bulldogs lead to 16-9. However, the Wolves shooting struggles continued and the Bulldogs extended their lead to 21-9 with eight minutes to go in the half.
The Wolves did not get their shooting going in the first half as they shot 21 percent from the floor and went into half trailing 34-17. Stritch committed 21 turnovers in the half.
Early in the second half Concordia continued to dominate and kept pulling away as Stritch had no answer. The Wolves cold shooting continued as they missed point blank shots. With 17 minutes left in the game the Wolves trailed 40-21.
The Wolves started mounting a comeback as they picked up the defensive pressure and started getting stops on the defensive end. Stritch also started making buckets and went on 13-6 run that saw them trim the lead down to 12 points, 46-34 with 10:51 left in the game.
Stritch continued to play solid defense and continued to trim the Bulldogs lead as they cut the lead to nine points with 9:45 left after Piepenburg went one for two from the charity strip.
After the Wolves run, Concordia answered right back and scored the next seven points to grow their lead back to double digits before the Wolves scored again. Janelle Bagneski (Lake Mills, Wis.) laid the ball in and with 7:02 left the Wolves trailed 53-39.
Stritch could not dig themselves out of their early hole and fell to Concordia by a score of 69-48. Janelle Bagneski led the Wolves with 14 points and Julie Raeder and Michelle Piepenburg followed with 12 points each.
With the loss the Wolves finish the 2011-12 season with a 27-7 record.