SIOUX CITY, Iowa - (Box Score) The Bulldogs of Concordia (Neb.) knew they had to get off to a fast start in the 2015 NAIA Division II Women’s National Championship, presented by State Farm, after getting bounced in the first round each of the last two seasons. Concordia left little doubt from the first whistle, running away from Bryan (Tenn.), 76-35, at the Tyson Events Center Thursday afternoon.
Drew Olson’s No. 1-seeded squad was dominant from the very beginning, especially inside the lane, dominating on both ends of the court. The Bulldogs had their way in the paint, holding a 40-12 advantage close to the goal. Additionally, second-chance points were also one-sided at 21-5.
With a lopsided 31-11 lead at the break, Olson was able to get a lot of his players on the floor to earn national championship experience. With 11 players getting in the scorebook, Concordia held a 33-point advantage (38-5) in bench points.
In an efficient offensive clinic, the Bulldogs had a foursome in double-figures – Mary Janovich with 14 tallied, Tracy Peitz with 12, and both Brenleigh Daum and Jerrica Pearson scoring 10 points apiece.
The only Lion in double-digits was Kristin Lane, who recorded a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds on the game.
Thursday’s loss is the fourth-time in in five appearances at the national championship that Bryan has fallen short in the first game of championship. The Lions end this year’s campaign at 21-9.
The victorious Bulldogs, who upped their record to 32-2, now look ahead to Friday’s clash with No. 4 College of Saint Mary (Neb.) at 1:45 p.m.