Freshman Anna Reifenrath scored 22 off the bench as the BC women’s basketball team lit it up with a 106-71 victory over Dakota State to open the 2018-19 season Tuesday night at the Newman Flanagan Center.
The Chargers were unable to score on their first five possessions (three turnovers, two missed shots) but once Faith Troshynski was able to sink the first shot of the season for the Blue and Gold, things started to click. The bucket tied things up at two and while the Trojans went up 6-3 early, the Cliff responded with the next 13 points and never looked back leading 20-14 at the end of the first quarter and jumped out to a 54-29 lead by halftime.
Briar Cliff shot 37-of-72 from the field for 51.4% and an impressive 13-of-25 from 3-point range for 52%. The Chargers held Dakota State to 23-of-67 from the field (34.3%) and 6-of-34 on 3-pointers (17.6%) including just 1-of-13 in the first half.
Alyssa Carley put up 20 points for the Blue and Gold and was joined in the double-digit scoring club by Reifenrath, Taylor Wagner (16), Breanna Allen (10) and Mya Hendry (10). Wagner just missed recording a double-double as she finished with a game-high nine assists. Logan Ehlersalso flirted with a double-double as she topped all players with nine rebounds to go along with her nine points.
Briar Cliff outrebounded the Trojans 33-21 and while both teams turned the ball over 24 times, the Chargers held a 1:1 assist/turnover ratio by dishing out 24 assists, compared to just 14 for Dakota State. Briar Cliff recorded 16 steals and Dakota State tallied 14. Carley led all players with five thefts.
Dakota State’s top performer was Alexis Robson with 13 points, three steals and three assists. Jessi Giles had nine points and a team-high six rebounds on the night. The loss dropped the Trojans to 0-2 on the season.
The Chargers head in to a tough portion of the schedule with a 1-0 record. The team faces ranked opponents in each of its next five games and seven of the next nine matchups. BC heads to Chicago this weekend for the GPAC/CCAC Challenge where the Chargers take on host #4 St. Xavier at 5 p.m. Friday before meeting up with #18 Olivet Nazarene at 1 p.m. Saturday.