(Ann Arbor, MI) The Concordia University Cardinals faced a tough matchup coming into tonight's game against an undefeated Siena Heights team that came in at 5-0 and 2-0 in the conference while the Cardinals came in at 2-4 and 0-2 in Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference play.
Alize Tripp made the go-ahead basket with six seconds remaining to finish the game with 16 points to lead the team. Tylor Leatherman was able to bring down seven rebounds throughout the game in order to lead the team.
The Saints were able to get the scoring going throughout the first quarter as they jumped out to an 11-0 run before Tripp made a couple of free throws. Ellie Kallner would add a layup with 30 seconds left in the period to make it 13-4 after the first.
The second period would feature both teams trading baskets as Keirslyn Lawless grabbed the first basket of the period for the Cards. Concordia scored seven straight with baskets from Taylor Leatherman, Asaria Turman and Zaria Mitchner to get the score within five. Kallner would once again end the quarter with a basket which would put the score at 23-15 in the Saints favor before the half.
The Cards started to bring their energy into the second half going on an 11-2 run, ending with a Mackenzie Howe layup, throughout the first four minutes to grab their first lead of the game at 26-25. The Saints though would end the quarter on a 10-2 to make it an eight point after three.
The fourth quarter saw the Cardinals fighting back all throughout the final 10 minutes. The first four minutes saw five points between the two teams before Concordia went on a 6-4 run over the next four minutes. CUAA, who was in the bonus at this time, would take advantage of Saints fouls and nail six of their final seven free throws. With six seconds remaining Tripp would drive the lane and finish a hard layup to put the Cards up by a point. Siena's forward Peyton Banks missed a three point shot at the buzzer to give Concordia their first conference win of the season.
The Cards will get back onto the court next Tuesday, November 23 as they stay at home and will invite the Golden Eagles from Cornerstone University into the Cardinal Fieldhouse with a 5:30pm tipoff.