Charger women’s basketball traveled across town to take on #11 Morningside Wednesday night at Allee Gymnasium on the Mustang campus. BC was looking to go 2-0 against Morningside this season after upsetting the Mustangs at home back in December but could not overcome a tough first quarter and fell 76-69.
After going up 6-2 to start the contest, Morningside tied things up at 8-all before going on a 21-5 run to end the first period and lead 29-13.
The Chargers battled back through the final three periods, outscoring the Mustangs 17-14 in the second and 24-18 in the third. Payton Slaughter was fouled from beyond the arc in the third quarter and sank all three free throws to make it an eight-point game and the Cliff ended the period down seven.
Briar Cliff trailed by just four with 34 seconds to play but had to foul to get the ball back and could not overcome the Mustangs. The home team went 3-for-4 from the free throw line in the final 25 seconds to seal the win.
Payton Slaughter led the Charger offense with 16 points, including a 5-for-5 free throw effort. She also dished out a game-high six assists and led the contest with five steals. Mya Hendry pulled down 12 boards to lead all players and chipped in 13 points.
Briar Cliff had a 14-5 advantage in second-chance points in the contest thanks to 14 offensive rebounds.
Sophia Peppers and Taylor Rodenburgh combined for 40 points for the Mustangs with 21 and 19 points, respectively. The pair also led Morningside with six rebounds apiece.
Overall, Briar Cliff had a 38 percent success rate from the field compared to 52 percent for Morningside.
The Chargers move to 12-5 on the season and 10-4 in GPAC play. The team will return home to the Newman Flanagan Center for a 2 p.m. contest against Midland.