(Ann Arbor, MI) In a rematch of last year's WHAC Championship, the Cardinals hosted the Warriors from Indiana Tech this Saturday afternoon. Indiana Tech came into the match ranked 14th in the NAIA and held the lead for the entire game, although the Cardinals brought it within 3 several times in the middle of the game. The Warriors would ultimately win the game 70-53 in Concordia's second WHAC matchup of the season.
Three Cardinals would score over 10 points in the matchup with Alize Tripp and Samantha Dorn totaling 14 and Taylor Leatherman at 11 points. Stephanie Abraham led the team with 6 rebounds and added in 3 points.
The Warriors jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead in the game and were able to maintain it through the first quarter. The lead grew to 10 at one point, but then Alize Tripp completed an old-fashioned three-point play to cut into the lead. Indiana Tech held onto that 7-point advantage at the end of the first.
Indiana Tech went on a 13-2 run to start off the second quarter and raise their lead well past double digits. While the lead got to 18 at one point, the Cardinals scored 11 straight, with 7 of those points coming from the free throw line. A Julia Hirt pull up three pointer drew the game within 4 as the clock went under 3 minutes, but the Warriors would make it a 6-point lead at the half.
Samantha Dorn and Taylor Leatherman each knocked down a three to help the Cardinals close the gap even more in the third quarter, getting it down to three multiple times. The remainder of the third period was mostly back and forth, but the Warriors were able to improve their lead to nine by the end of it.
The Warriors maintained their double-digit lead throughout the fourth quarter taking advantage of Cardinal fouls. They extended their lead by outscoring the Cardinals by 8 in the final period of play and walked away with a 17 point win.
Next up the for the Cards will be another home WHAC matchup on Wednesday the 17th against the Siena Heights Saints. Tipoff will be at 5:30 in the Cardinal Field House.