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Published
January 11, 2003
By
Micah McDaniel
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Concordia 67
Azusa Pacific 52

AZUSA, Calif. – Held scoreless for the first 4 minutes of the game, Concordia used a 26-3 first-half run to erase a 9-0 deficit and roll to a 67-52 win over Azusa Pacific in GSAC women’s basketball action in Azusa.

After Nicolette Dresback and Lindsey West combined for the game’s first 9 points just 4 minutes in, Concordia went right to their inside advantage, namely 6-3 sophomore Carrie Twaddell.

The Eagles repeatedly fed Twadell, who came within 1 block of recording a triple double as she scored 11 of her 17 first-half points in the Eagle run that turned a 9-0 deficit into a 26-12 Concordia lead with 7:39 to play in the opening half.

Concordia led by 14 (34-20) at the intermission and opened the second half with an 8-2 run to take its largest lead of the game, a 20-point (42-22) lead at the 14:50 mark.

The Cougars quickly responded and began to chip away at the deficit. A Heather Heal lay-up began a 15-2 Cougar spurt over the next 4:20 that was keyed by 3 straight treys from Jaclyn Rice, and by the time the run ended, Azusa Pacific had closed the gap to 7 (44-37) with 9:30 to play.

But Twaddell stopped the bleeding with a short jumper in the lane, and Sarah Flanagan scored 5 straight points to push the Eagle lead back up to 14 (54-40). The Cougars got no closer than 10 points over the final 7 minutes.

Twaddell dominated on both ends of the floor the entire night. She finished with a game-high 31 points and 10 rebounds. She also finished with 9 blocks, 5 more than her season average of 4.1.

Rice finished with a season- and career-high 14 points, hitting 4-of-6 shots from downtown. Kelsey Hudson added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. As a team, the Cougars did a decent job of taking care of the ball, committing just 17 turnovers, well lower than their season average. However, they struggled to find their shot all night, shooting just 36% from the floor.

With the loss, Azusa Pacific drops to 5-12 overall, 3-3 GSAC. Concordia improves to 13-5, 2-4.