Women's Basketball uses Second-Half Surge to Down Cornerstone 74-64

Women's Basketball uses Second-Half Surge to Down Cornerstone 74-64

(Ann Arbor, MI) – Concordia women's basketball hosted Cornerstone on Tuesday evening as they looked to wrap up games before the Thanksgiving holiday.  The Cardinals came in 3-4 overall while the Golden Eagles entered 1-7.  CUAA trailed at halftime but outscored Cornerstone 50-34 in the second half for a 74-64 win.

Alize Tripp recorded career highs with 27 points and 10 rebounds, while also recording her first career double-double, going a perfect 12-12 from the free-throw line.  Samantha Dorn finished second with 14 points.  Mackenzie Howe was also in double figures with 12 points.


Cornerstone opened the game with 6 unanswered points, but a pair of free throws from Alize Tripp started a 6-0 CUAA run to tie the game.  Izzy Viau hit a layup and Samantha Dorn tied the game with a basket.  Stephanie Abraham and Taylor Leatherman converted inside and a layup from Alize Tripp put CUAA ahead 13-12 after the first quarter.

Cornerstone went on an 11-0 run to retake the lead in the second quarter.  The Cardinals countered as Mackenzie Howe started a 9-0 run with a basket inside.  Alize Tripp made a layup and a triple and Samantha Dorn drove for a basket to cut the deficit to 23-22.  Julia Hirt added a layup as time wound down but the Cardinals trailed 30-24 at halftime.


Alize Tripp drove by her defender and scored for Concordia's first third-quarter basket.  Kierslynn Lawless made a layup to spark a 10-0 CUAA run that put the team back in the lead.  Zaria Mitchner recorded the go-ahead layup at the 3:15 mark to for a 36-35 advantage.  Mackenzie Howe powered inside for a basket late in the quarter and Alize Tripp had two more free throws.  Ellie Kallner came up with a block in the final seconds to secure a 43-41 CUAA lead after the third quarter.

Alize Tripp started an 8-2 run in the fourth quarter with a layup.  Mackenzie Howe and Samantha Dorn added free throws as the Cardinals continued to pull ahead.  Alize Tripp gave the team a double-digit lead with a drive to the basket and Mackenzie Howe continued to score and draw free throws inside.  Mackenzie Maciejewski notched a layup in the final seconds and CUAA secured the 74-64 win.


Concordia will play their next game on Wednesday, December 1 at Madonna.  Tip-off is at 5:30pm.