The Briar Cliff women’s basketball fell to #7 Morningside Saturday 72-59 in Allee Gymnasium in the GPAC Postseason Tournament Semifinals.
“We battled hard tonight and just didn’t come out on the right side,” said head coach Brita Hand. “I’m proud of how our kids battled and stuck together throughout the game. We just couldn’t connect at the free throw line and gave up too many points on turnovers.”
The Mustangs jumped out to quick 8-2 lead two minutes in the game and held 10-point advantage with 4:09 remaining in the first quarter. The Chargers closed out the quarter with a 12-3 run, with baskets from six different Chargers, to pull within one point.
Morningside put up the first six points of the second period, but BC responded with a 10-0 run over the next five minutes to take a 32-29 lead with 2:36 left. Back-to-back treys from the Mustangs closed out the first half, as the Cliff trailed 37-32. Madelyn Deitchler paced the Chargers at the intermission with nine points on 4-of-5 shooting and four rebounds.
Briar Cliff struggled to find their offensive rhythm after the halftime break, putting up just four points at the halfway point of the third and 11 points total. Konnor Sudmann scored seven points in the quarter to keep the Mustang lead within 10 entering the final period. Morningside held a double-digit lead throughout the fourth quarter en route to the 72-59 win.
“Our seniors have been great all year and definitely set the tone for what to expect from your Charger women’s basketball program in the future,” said Hand. “I couldn’t have asked for a better group than this for my first year as a head coach!”
Sudmann put up a team high 19 points on 6-for-10 shooting, knocking down two treys and recording six rebounds. Madelyn Deitchler put up a near double double with 13 points and nine boards. Mya Hendry pulled down a game high 11 boards and tallied three blocks. Kaegan Held added eight points and four assists off the bench for BC.
BC held the advantage in rebounds 38-31 and in offensive boards 9-6. The Mustangs dished out 24 assists and only turned it over 10 times, compared to 13 assists and 16 turnovers for the Chargers.
Sierra Mitchell scored 20 points to lead the Mustangs, connecting on 4-of-8 3-point attempts. Sophia Peppers added 16 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists. Faith Meyer chipped in 15 points.
Briar Cliff ends the season with a 17-10 overall record and a 14-8 conference mark.