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Rich Spurs Concordia to Blowout Victory

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

Sioux City, Iowa – (Box Score) Concordia (Neb.) benefited from a dazzling display from its backcourt as it cruised to a 78-54 first round victory over Sterling (Kan.) on Thursday at the State Farm-NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship in Sioux City, Iowa.

Guard Katie Rich enjoyed a perfect shooting night off the bench for the Bulldogs on the way to a game-high 20 points. Rich shot 7-for-7 from the field, 5-for-5 from the free throw line and drained her only attempt from 3-point range. Rich also contributed eight rebounds and three steals.

Starting guards Kristen Conahan and Amber Kistler combined for 23 points in support of Rich’s outstanding performance, while freshman guard Bailey Morris dished out a game-high nine assists. Sterling got 14 points apiece from Kayla Eilert and Megan Patrick. However, their efforts could not make up for 18 turnovers and 37.0 percent shooting. The Lady Warriors, who entered play with wins in 11 of their last 12 first round tournament games, also made only 10 of 17 free throws.

Concordia will advance to Friday’s 7 p.m. second round game for a matchup with the winner of Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) and Bethel (Ind.).