Concordia's Huge Third Pushes them to the Semifinals
SIOUX CITY, Iowa – (Box Score) Concordia (Neb.) is the winner of the Liston Bracket and will move on to the semifinals of the 2018 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship with a win over Jamestown (N.D.) with a final of 79-61. The Bulldogs absolutely dominated the third quarter, outscoring the Jimmies 38-10 and taking a commanding 24-point lead. Philly Lammers with a double-double to help push the Bulldogs onward.
- The second No. 1 and No. 2 seed matchup of the day had Concordia pitted against Jamestown. The Bulldogs entered the tournament losing only one game all season. They swept through Stillman (Ala.) with a score 75-52 and Taylor (Ind.) with a score of 71-50.
- Jamestown, like their opponent, had no problems with either of their first two opponents. They dominated Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) by a score of 65-51. They also blew through Indiana Tech in the second round by an even larger margin, winning 82-63.
- The back and forth of the first quarter showed why both team belong in the quarterfinals. With four lead changes and three ties, it makes sense that the quarter would end all knotted up at 18. The only key difference for the two teams came in the form of second chance points, where Jamestown had the advantage 5-1. Each team had six different players score, as well as have the same amount of bench points at six.
- With another three lead changes, the second quarter mirrored the first for the most par. Both teams shot within three percent of each other, with Concordia shooting 37 percent and Jamestown shooting 3 percent. The difference comes down to rebounds. Jamestown is leading Concordia 27-18 in rebounds and gathering five more offensive rebounds, which led to six more second chance points. The Jimmies were able to finish off the half leading by three, with a score of 34-31.
- With MacKenzie Helman draining a 3, it capped off a 10-2 to open the third. The Bulldogs built a five point lead to start the second half before Jamestown called a timeout. Another three and a breakaway layup off of a steal helped the Bulldogs lead to grow to 10. A monstrous third quarter continued to break out for the Bulldogs, and when the third quarter was finished, they lead by 25 as the score was 69-44. They scored 38 in the third quarter alone. Philly Lammers exploded in the third for 13 points and seven rebounds to achieve a double-double for the game. Shooting 61 percent from the field was a key contributor in the third for the Bulldogs success.
- While the Jimmies won the fourth by seven points, it was not enough to overcome the Concordia lead, as the game finished 79-61.
- Philly Lammers was the star again as the Sophomore finished with 20 points, 17 rebounds, and four blocks.
- Concordia put on a third quarter clinic to pull away and take the game against the Jimmies. The No. 1 seeded Bulldogs will eagerly await the winner of St. Francis (Ill.) and Northwestern (Iowa). That semifinal game will take place on Monday, March 12th at 8:00 P.M.