Concordia University opened the second half on an 11-2 run to open up an 18-point lead and the 10th-ranked Bulldogs held off Nebraska Wesleyan for a 94-71 victory on Wednesday night (Feb. 13) at Snyder Arena in Lincoln, Neb. Concordia improves to 23-4 overall and 12-4 in the GPAC, while Nebraska Wesleyan falls to 5-17 and 2-13 in the league.
The Prairie Wolves erupted offensively against the Bulldogs defensive pressure as NWU scored the most points since Dec. 29, 2007. It was the first time that NWU scored over 60 points in 2008.
Concordia led by just nine at 45-36 at halftime as the Bulldogs shot just 37.1 percent from the floor. However, Concordia came out firing in the second half and shot 51.7 percent from the floor.
It was the Bulldogs free throw shooting that was the story of the game as Concordia finished the game 34-38 from the charity stripe, compared to just 11-21 shooting for the Prairie Wolves.
Three players reached double figures in scoring for the Prairie Wolves led by freshman Katy Golden's 20 points. Golden also added eight rebounds. Ashley Bordovsky scored 15 points and Devan Aschtgen scored 13 points. Sadie Struebing had nine points and led NWU with 10 rebounds.
Whitney Stichka and Melissa Tinkham were the big scorers for the Bulldogs. Stichka scored 26 points and finished 12-12 from the free throw line. Tinkham scored 25 points and was 7-8 from the line. Jenni Lovegrove also scored in double figures with 11 points.
Nebraska Wesleyan will travel to Sioux Falls, S.D., this Saturday (Feb. 16) to face the University of Sioux Falls at the Stewart Center at 2 p.m.