Charger women’s basketball hosted Dakota Wesleyan Wednesday evening at the Newman Flanagan Center and fell 74-68 to the Tigers. Untimely turnovers by BC and a hot first quarter helped Dakota Wesleyan to the win and the season split over the Chargers.
The Tigers shot nearly 79 percent from the field in the first quarter, but only led 24-21 after the first 10 minutes. The sides stayed close in the second quarter as well as the Tigers took a 42-39 lead into halftime.
Dakota Wesleyan pushed their lead to as many as 13 in the third quarter and was up nine with 10 minutes to play.
The Chargers started the fourth period on the right foot with a layup and an and-one free throw from Mya Hendry to cut the Tiger lead to six. Payton Slaughter hit a pair of free throws and Konnor Sudmann followed up with a 2-point bucket to make it 59-57 with 7:33 on the clock.
On the defensive end, Hendry blocked DWU shot and Sudmann took the ball the other way for a layup and the 59-all tie at 6:51. The Chargers were down 66-64 with 60 seconds to play but committed three turnovers in that time while the Tigers went 6-for-8 from the charity stipe to seal the win.
“We had great effort tonight but had a few untimely turnovers that didn’t allow us to complete the comeback at the end,” said head coach Brita Hand. “Madelyn did a great job finishing the ball and rebounding for us to finish with a double double.”
Madelyn Deitchler put up 21 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for her fourth double double of the year. She was 6-of-7 from the field and 9-of-12 from the free throw line. Hendry led all players on the boards with 14 rebounds.
Slaughter chipped in 14 points for the Chargers to go with nine rebounds and Sudmann added 12 points and three assists. The Chargers were 39 percent from the field in the contest and just 4-for-16 from the 3-point line.
Haidyn Pitsch scored 17 points for the Tigers and Mattie Reiner had six boards. Dakota Wesleyan was 49 percent from the floor and 40 percent from long range.
The majority of the scoring came from the starters on both ends of the floor as each bench contributed 16 points apiece. Dakota Wesleyan scored 19 points off of Briar Cliff’s 12 turnovers while BC had a 13-5 advantage in second chance points.
BC goes on the road again Saturday, this time for a trip to College of Saint Mary in Omaha. Tip against the Flames is set for 2 p.m.
A slow start from the Briar Cliff men’s basketball team was too much to overcome, as Dakota Wesleyan held the lead from start to finish. The Chargers fall to 11-11 overall and 8-9 in the GPAC after falling 86-76 to the Tigers in the Newman Flanagan Center Wednesday.
“Our guys really battled for 40 minutes tonight after a rough start,” said head coach Mark Svagera. “We settled in a little bit and gave ourselves a chance.”
Dakota Wesleyan jumped out to an early 17-4 lead seven minutes into the contest. The Chargers outscored DWU 29-27 over the final 13 minutes of the first half but trailed by 11 (44-33) at halftime. Nick Harden led the Tigers in the opening half with 14 points, while Conner Groves and Ethan Freidel paced the Cliff with eight points apiece.
“You look at the halftime score and we’re down 11 after they hit a three at the buzzer. I felt like a lot of ways it could have been 18-to-20 point deficit,” said Svagera. “We battled back and to cut it to 3 there in the second half is a credit to the guys for sticking with it and not folding which could have very easily happened.”
Briar Cliff began to chip away at the Tiger lead with an 8-3 run to start the second half, trailing by six (47-41). Back-to-back treys from Groves and Jaden Kleinhesselink followed by a pull-up jumper from Quinn Vesey cut the deficit to just three points, 57-54 with 11:33 remaining.
A DWU timeout ended the Charger run with the Tigers outscoring BC 15-5 over the next five minutes to push the lead back to double digits. Five quick BC points off two Tiger turnovers brought the game within eight points with 2:50 left. DWU would ice the game from the free throw line, converting seven-of-eight in the final 2:30 of regulation.
Kleinhesselink scored 21 points, had seven rebounds, and tallied four steals. Groves added 18 points and six boards. Vesey chipped in 17 points for the Cliff going 4-for-8 from the 3-point line. Quinten Vasa dished out a team-high six assists while grabbing six rebounds. BC held the advantage in steals (11-3) and points off turnovers (22-8).
BC held the advantage in steals (11-3) and points off turnovers (22-8). DWU held the edge in rebounds (40-25), field goal percentage (50%-43%), and second chance points (13-6).
Nick Harden had a game-high 26 points for the Tigers, going 10-of-12 from the free throw line and 7-for-13 from the field. Sawyer Schultz had 22 points making 5-of-8 3-point attempts. Mason Larson nearly missed a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds.
“Right now, we are a little frustrated because we feel we are really close to breaking through and playing really well,” said Svagera. “We need to find a way to make that happen over the next few weeks, as we draw a close to the regular season.”
Briar Cliff will look ahead to a matchup with Jamestown next Wednesday in the Newman Flanagan Center. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m.