Second-half push lifts Women's Basketball over Aquinas 53-39

Second-half push lifts Women's Basketball over Aquinas 53-39

(Grand Rapids, MI) – Concordia women's basketball traveled to Aquinas on Wednesday night for a WHAC match.  After a 23-23 tie at halftime, the Cardinals outscored the Saints by 14 points in the second half for a 53-39 win. 

Samantha Dorn led the team with 17 points.  Taylor Leatherman finished a close second with 16 points and a team-high 9 rebounds. 


Samantha Dorn started a 7-0 opening run with a 3-pointer.  The Cardinals continued to attack the Aquinas zone with baskets from Taylor Leatherman and Dorn.  The Saints countered with a 5-0 run, but Samantha Dorn continued pacing the offense with a putback, a triple, and two free throws.  CUAA led 14-10 after the 1st. 

Samantha Dorn opened the second quarter with two free throws.  Taylor Leatherman drove for a pair of baskets as well, but Aquinas battled back to take a 23-20 lead.  A deep 3-pointer from Leatherman tied the contest 23-23 heading to halftime. 


Julia Hirt scored down low early in the 3rdEmily McCalla started a 15-0 run with a floater and Taylor Leatherman made a go-ahead layup.  Izzy Viau drove through the defense to score and the Cardinals got triples from Julia Hirt, Izzy Hadley and Samantha Dorn.  CUAA led 40-30 after the 3rd. 

Ellie Kallner continued the 3-point onslaught to start the 4thIzzy Viau and Taylor Leatherman drove for baskets with Leatherman adding a triple.  The Cardinals stayed strong defensively and Zaria Mitchner scored with just over a minute to play.  CUAA claimed the 53-39 win as time expired. 


Concordia will play their next game on Saturday, December 17 against Life University at 1pm.