– The Southwest Minnesota State women's basketball team fell to Concordia-St. Paul as CSP went on a 15-2 run to close out the victory on Saturday night at the R/A Facility.
Southwest Minnesota State dropped to 4-4 overall and 1-2 in the Northern Sun as Concordia-St. Paul advanced to 5-3 overall and 1-2 in the NSIC.
led the Mustangs with 24 points and 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season while Abuk Akoi
added 10 points and a career-high six steals.
SMSU shot 34 percent (23 of 67) from the field and 30 percent (9 of 30) from the three-point line. CSP shot 43 percent from the field (23 of 53) and 44 percent (7 of 16) from the beyond the arc.
CSP was led by Anna Schmidt with 26 points, followed by Lindsay Dorr with 17 points and 16 rebounds.
The Mustangs finished the first quarter with a one-point lead at 15-14, credited to 10 points created in the paint. Rodning had seven points and six rebounds all in the first quarter.
The Mustangs advanced their lead in the opening of the second period with back-to-back three-pointers from Rodning and Jenna Borchers
. The Mustangs would remain in the lead to finsih the thirst half at 34-27.
CSP came out in the second half to go on a 7-0 run to tie the game at 34-34. CSP Lexi Lee would then connect on a three-pointer to give the Golden Bears a 38-36 lead. The Mustangs trailed 49-45 before Borchers connected on another three to send the game into the fourth quarter 49-48 with CSP in the lead.
The Mustangs tied the game at 54-54 before a 7-0 run with two layups from Sadie Stelter
and Rodning and a three-pointer from Meleah Reinhart
, to gain a 61-54 lead. CSP then created a 15-2 run to regain the lead and secure the victory.
Southwest Minnesota State heads on the road next weekend with a 5:30 p.m. at St. Cloud State on Friday and a 3:30 p.m. tip-off at Minnesota Duluth on Saturday.