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Concordia Earns First Tournament Triumph

March 08, 2012
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By Jake Knabel, NAIA Communications & Sports Information Intern

Sioux City, Iowa – (Box Score) A desperate heave at the end of the first half found the bottom of the net and carried Concordia (Mich.) to the school’s first ever State Farm-NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship victory. Kortni Elsworth’s 70-foot 3-pointer gave the sixth-ranked Cardinals a 30-22 halftime lead on the way to a 69-60 win over Huntington (Ind.) in game one of Thursday’s first round action at the Tyson Events Center.

Elsworth, who entered play averaging 11.2 points per game, filled the net with 14 points in the first half alone. She would go on to tally 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting for the game. She also added six rebounds and four assists. Hannah Sabol came through with 17 points and eight rebounds in the post.

The meeting was the second of the season between the two teams. Concordia also topped Huntington on Nov. 19 by a score of 69-57.

The Forresters could not overcome 29.4 percent first-half shooting and the Cardinals red-hot 50.9 percentage for the game. Huntington received 21 points and 11 rebounds from Kelsey Green.

Concordia (29-5), making just its second tournament appearance in school history, will await the winner of Ave Maria (Fla.) and Eastern Oregon in a second round matchup at 12 p.m. CST on Friday.