The undefeated Broncos of Hastings College kept rolling Thursday night with a 79-63 victory over Briar Cliff in women’s basketball action at the Newman Flanagan Center.
The #4 team in the nation was able to fend off some early pressure from the Chargers as the Broncos went to the first break with a double digit lead, 24-14. Hastings extended that lead throughout the next two periods as the Blue and Gold made a late push in the fourth quarter but ultimately didn’t have enough for the upset.
“Hastings is the toughest team in our league,” said BC head coach Mike Power. “I thought they did a great job and we didn’t respond as well as I was hoping.
“I did think there was some growth tonight.”
Freshman Konnor Sudmann had another solid night for the Cliff with 18 points and six rebounds. Madelyn Deitchler was the second leading scorer for the Chargers with 16 points and tied Alyssa Carley and Payton Slaughter for the team lead in assists with three.
Twenty of Briar Cliff’s 63 points on the night came from the reserves.
“The bench played well and some of our execution was good on offense,” Power added. “But two bad quarters got us.”
In all, 10 Chargers got on the score sheet with Kaegan Held and Bricelyn Comstock leading the backups with five points each. Held added four rebounds which was second best on the team along with Deitchler and Carley who equaled that total.
Hastings used hot shooting in the first half to stretch the lead as the Broncos hit 9-of-16 3-pointers in the first 20 minutes. The team shot 43% from the game from deep compared to just 28% for the Cliff (4-of-14). Taylor Beacom topped all players in points as the Bronco bench player totaled 23. Shandra Farmer had 17 points in the contest and Gabby Grasso chipped in 12. Sophia Pankratz put up seven points but led all players in rebounds with 13. Hastings outrebounded the Cliff 36-31 for the game.
The loss drops Briar Cliff to 4-12 this season and 1-7 in GPAC play. The Broncos sit at 16-0 overall and 8-0 in the conference.
The Chargers will look to rebound with another GPAC matchup on Saturday when the team travels to Fremont, Neb. to take on Midland. That contest is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.