The Concordia-St. Paul women’s basketball team entered Friday night’s showdown against Winona State averaging 67 points.
They had that many in just three quarters.
It left the Warriors scrambling and they could simply not keep up falling to the Golden Bears 80-68 at McCown Gymnasium.
The Golden Bears shot the lights out of the gym. At one point in the third quarter — after the Golden Bears benefitted from yet another friendly roll with this one hitting the corner of the back rim before ricocheting off the backboard and in — Winona State coach Scott Ballard shook his head in disbelief and said, “are you frigging kidding me?”
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After three quarters, Concordia (20-6, 16-5) was shooting an eye-popping 71 percent from the field (30-42) including a 7-for-15 from beyond the arc to take a 69-49 lead. They shot 11 of 13 in the third quarter alone. This was after they missed just five shots in the second (11-16). They had little trouble getting into the lane finishing with zero issues from 12 feet and in. They finished with five reaching in double figures led by Lindsay Dorr, who tallied a double-double scoring 19 points on 8 of 9 shooting and grabbing 10 rebounds.
The Warriors led 15-9 midway through the first quarter, but were outscored 36-13 the rest of the first half including 26-10 in the second quarter.
Allie Pickrain led the way with 20 points on 8 of 12 shooting including 4 of 7 from beyond the arc. Rachel Novotny and Emily Kieck both struggled managing only 12 points on 3 of 20 shooting between them.