By Aaron Sagraves, Davenport (Mich.) Sports Information Director
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Karli Harris scored a career high 25 points and the four seniors combined for 41 of Davenport's 70 points as the No. 8 Lady Panthers posted a rout of No. 6 Concordia 70-46. The win ties Davenport atop the league standings with the Cardinals with one game to play as DU will head to Indiana Tech on Saturday for a 1:00pm matchup with the Warriors. Davenport improves to 26-2 overall and 19-2 in the WHAC while Concordia falls to 24-5 (19-2).
Karli Harris poured in 17 of her game and career high 25 points in the opening half as she led the Lady Panthers to an 18 point lead at the break. She was joined in double figures by Tiesha Stokes who had 11 off the bench to go along with a game high 11 rebounds to give the freshman her sixth double-double of the season. Davenport, as a team, shot 45.2% from the floor while limiting the Cardinals to just 32.2%. DU also forced Concordia into 19 turnovers as they handed them their worst loss of the season by 13 points.
Playing in front of one of the second largest crowd (1,124) to see a women's basketball game at the Student Center since it opened in 2008-09, Davenport fell behind 4-1 early but four straight points including a layup from Tiesha Stokes at the 15:38 gave the Panthers a lead they would never let up.
The margin continued to grow throughout the first half as DU used an 18-4 run that covered 7:42 of clock to put DU up 35-19 and they went into the locker room leading 39-21. Other than Harris' 17 opening half points, fellow senior Emily Nielsen had seven.
Looking to claim their first ever outright WHAC title on their main rival's floor, Concordia came out a sense of urgency in the second but DU was too strong for the visiting Cardinals on Wednesday night continuing to pull away and the Lady Panthers eventually led by as many as 29 (60-31) with 9:33 remaining in the contest.
Hannah Sabol, who was named the national player of the week for Concordia just two weeks ago, led the charge for the Cardinals as the senior finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds marking her second double-double against DU this season.
Davenport's win ties the two teams atop the WHAC standings with one game remaining on Saturday in the regular season. DU will head to Fort Wayne to take on Indiana Tech while the Cardinals will host Lawrence Tech in Ann Arbor. A win or loss by each would mean a shared title for the second straight year between the two schools.
Davenport has never lost to Concordia on its home floor, improving to 13-0 all-time...Over the last five years, since CUAA head coach Andrea Gorski has rejuvenated the Cardinal program into a Top-10 caliber team, DU has defeated them by an average of 25.1 points inside the Student Center...The 24 point defeat is the largest of the season for CUAA as their previous high was 11 by Bethel (Ind.)...Davenport finishes the regular season a perfect 15-0 at home.