Wilmington, DE – The Concordia College Clippers women's basketball team visited Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) South Division opponent Goldey-Beacom College on Saturday afternoon. After going into the locker room tied, the Clippers were unable to steal a win on the road as the Lightning won for the 18th time this season, 75-64.
Goldey-Beacom jumped out to an early 13-2 lead in the opening minutes of the game. Concordia would settle in to an offensive rhythm as they outscored the Lightning 13-5 over the next three minutes to cut the deficit to three points with 11:49 left in the half. Goldey-Beacom opened up another lead behind their free throw shooting as the Clippers fell behind by double digits with 4:31 remaining. Concordia ended the half on a 17-7 run to tie the game at 40-40 and went into the locker room with the momentum.
The Clippers grabbed their first lead of the game in the first minute of the second half only to have the Lighting take it away. Concordia did not let the score get out of hand for the first seven minutes as their largest deficit during the span was only five points.
In the closing 10 minutes of the half, the Clippers trailed by only a point but their shooting then went cold as Goldey-Beacom went on an 11-4 run to take a nine point lead. A three-point basket by Krystina Agard (Queens, NY) stopped the shooting drought for Concordia as time was running out.
The Clippers had to resort to fouling to get back into the game but the Lighting 6-of-6 free throws to increase their lead to 13 points. Back-to-back layups in the closing moments by Concordia closed out the final seconds as Goldey-Beacom took the 11 point victory.
Chanessa Blakemore (Albany, NY) led the Clippers in scoring with 17 points as she added seven rebounds, three blocks, two assists and a steal in 33 minutes of playing time. Agard added 16 points and a team-high 11 rebounds while Megan Burns (Staten Island, NY) came off the bench to score a career-high 13 points in 12 minutes of action. As a team, Concordia shot 34.3% (23-of-67) from the floor as they were outrebounded by a margin of 49-36.
The Clippers (7-18, 6-12 CACC) will play their final regular season game on Tuesday evening. Concordia will take to the court of the Meyer Athletic Center at 5pm for a showdown with Bloomfield College.