The Briar Cliff women’s basketball team picked up an 88-63 win over College of Saint Mary, behind Konnor Sudmann’s season high 25 points. BC ends a three-game skid and are now 14-8 overall and 12-7 in the GPAC.
The Flames scored the first points of the contest just seconds after the tip-off, but BC scored the next five points and would hold onto the lead the rest of the way.
“We did a great job of coming out ready to play today,” said head coach Brita Hand. “We got great minutes from out starters and our bench!”
Saint Mary’s battled in the first period, trailing 12-11 with 3:12 left. BC began to open their lead to close the first quarter, going on a 10-2 run to take a 22-13 lead after ten minutes. Both teams shot nearly 42 percent from the field, but the Cliff was able to convert 9-of-11 free throw attempts, compared to just 1-of-3 for the Flames.
The Cliff extended their lead to 17 early in the second quarter, but an 8-0 CSM run brought the Charger lead back to nine points (30-19). Briar Cliff took a 35-23 lead to halftime after a trey from Payton Slaughter in the closing seconds of the first half.
Saint Mary’s brought the Charger lead down to six points with back-to-back treys to start third quarter. An 11-2 run, lead by Slaughter’s seven points, pushed the BC advantage back to double digits (15) with six minutes left in the third. Like the first quarter, the Chargers were efficient from the charity stripe knocking down 10-of-11 attempts.
After knocking down just two 3-pointers in the opening 30 minutes, the Cliff caught fire from deep in the fourth quarter hitting 5-of-7 attempts from behind the arc. The Charger bench was productive in the fourth, scoring 14 points led by Paityn Hagberg’s nine points.
“We shot the ball well from the floor and the free throw line today which was great to see,” noted Hand.
Sudmann finished 11-of-18 from the field and 3-for-3 from the free throw line in route to her 25 points. Deitchler recorded her second straight double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Deitchler was 4-for-7 from the floor but did most of her damage from the free throw line converting 11-of-13 attempts. Slaughter added 14 points, four rebounds, five assists, and three steals.
BC finished with a 48 percent field goal percentage and went 21-for-24 (87.5%) from the free throw line. The Chargers, who rank fifth in the NAIA in steals, turned the Flames over 25 times (eight steals) scoring 24 points off turnovers.
Honnah Leo and Bailey White scored 11 points apiece to lead the Flames. Jada Scott added nine points and four assists. Madelyn Turner chipped in eight points and grabbed seven rebounds. CSM scored 12 second chance points off 13 offensive rebounds.
Briar Cliff will be back in the Newman Flanagan Center Wednesday night hosting Jamestown for a 6 p.m. tip-off.