Concordia-St. Paul rallies in second half to upset No. 5 Augustana (S.D.)
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- For the consecutive game, Concordia-St. Paul (7-4, 5-2 NSIC) rallied to a road win against a nationally-ranked opponent with a 70-61 victory at No. 5 Augustana (S.D.) (9-2, 5-2) on Saturday at Elmen Center.
Friday, Concordia toppled No. 19 Wayne State in Wayne, Neb. snapping WSC's 52-game home winning streak.
Concordia closed the game on a 17-2 run in the final 4:55 of play to erase a six-point deficit. Concordia trailed by as many as 11 points in the second half with 10:47 to play before the strong finish.
The Golden Bears made 6 of 7 3-pointers with three by freshman Jasmine Haynes in a seven-minute stretch of play. Haynes hit back-to-back 3-pointers at 3:25 and 2:37 to tie the score at 61 and then took the 64-61 lead down the stretch. Junior guard Carissa Wolyniec also made a pair of 3-pointers during the run, while sophomore Anika Whiting scored 10 points in the last 10 minutes working the paint.
Haynes finished with 19 points, hitting 4 of 5 from deep, while Whiting had a double-double for the consecutive night with 17 points, 12 rebounds and five steals on defense. Wolyniec finished with 11 points including 3 of 4 from 3-point range.
The game featured only two ties and lead changes. Concordia led for much of the first nine minutes of play before Augustana took its first lead at 12-10 with 10:28 to play in the first half. The Vikings led the rest of the half, taking a 10-point lead into the break.
Being within 10 points at the half was a minor victory in itself for the Golden Bears, who made just 18.5 percent from the field (5 of 28) in the first half.
Augustana opened up a 12-point margin (39-27) early in the second half with 15:43 to play, but Concordia remained within striking distance.
As a team, Concordia made 8 of 17 (.471) from deep, while Augustana finished 7 of 18 (.389). The Golden Bears also made 20 of 25 at the stripe (.800), while limiting Augustana to just six free throw attempts, making all six.
For the game, Concordia finished at 33.3 percent (21 of 63) from the floor, while Augustana shot 40 percent (24 of 60). The Golden Bear defense also forced 20 turnovers in the game, while committing just 11.
The Vikings were led by Faith Tinklenberg's 18 points and seven rebounds.
Concordia's performance was supplemented by 10 points, four assists and four rebounds from point guard Rachel Hansen. Hansen managed the 10-point effort despite 1 of 10 shooting as she made 8 of 11 at the foul line. Sophomore forward Amanda Barton added nine points off the bench including five points late down the stretch. She also pulled down six rebounds.