Briar Cliff’s women’s basketball team suffered an 80-69 road loss at College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Nebraska Wednesday night. The loss dropped the Chargers to 10-19 overall and 7-12 in the GPAC, while the Flames moved to 5-24 overall and 2-17 in league play.
College of Saint Mary led from start to finish in the game, outscoring BC 15-13 in the first quarter, 25-10 in the second and 28-23 in the fourth. The Chargers did outscore the Flames 23-12 in the third quarter. The long ball was the difference in the game as CSM was able to sink 13 triples, compared to just six for the Blue & Gold. In the contest, Briar Cliff shot 42.6 percent from the field, 23.1 percent from beyond the arc and 78.6 percent from the free throw line, while College of Saint Mary shot 34.8 percent from the field, 40.6 percent from 3-point land and 82.6 percent from the stripe. The Flames also outrebounded the Chargers 41-34 but BC did have the edge in the turnover battle 12-15.
Alyssa Carley was the leading scorer for the Cliff with 16 points. Taylor Vasa and Johanna Vaskeboth added 13 points and Faith Troshynski chipped in nine points. Vaske grabbed a team-high eight rebounds and Vasa was next with six boards. Taylor Wagner handed out four assists and Abby Heston paced BC with three steals. Logan Ehlers set the school record for blocks in a season as her one block of the game gave her 48 on the year.
Alyssa Laudato had a big game for the Flames with 19 points and six assists and Lacey Knudsen notched a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Tyler Sumpter poured in 16 points and Lynsey Curran added 12 points. Ashley Nelson had a monster game on the glass with 14 boards.
Briar Cliff will cap its regular season on Saturday, hosting Dordt on Senior Day at the Newman Flanagan Center. The Chargers and Defenders will tipoff at 2 p.m.