Taylor Vasa recorded her first double-double of the season to lead Briar Cliff to an 83-61 win against Dakota State on Sunday in Madison, South Dakota.
Vasa led her team in points and rebounds with 18 and 10, respectively. Two other Briar Cliff players reached double figure point totals as Taylor Wagner scored 14 and Alyssa Carley finished with 11. Three Chargers ended the game with eight points (Logan Ehlers, Jadyn Bussinger and Madelyn Deitchler).
The start of the contest looked like trouble for BC, with Dakota State putting up the first seven points of the game. It wasn’t until 5:38 had passed before the Chargers finally got on the board when Carley drained a 3-pointer. Briar Cliff would score eight straight to take the lead at 8-7.
The teams would go back-and-forth late in the first quarter and into the second stanza, but two separate 6-0 runs by the Cliff in the second quarter helped the Chargers go into the locker rooms at half leading 35-27 and the team would never relinquish the lead.
“I thought our kids did a great job of grinding for a win,” said head coach Mike Power. “It’s tough to play back-to-back road games.”
Briar Cliff traveled to Omaha for a win on Saturday against College of Saint Mary.
The Chargers struggled from long range, hitting just 4-of-19 3-pointers (21%), but the team owned the paint and outscored the Trojans 44-24 down low.
“Taylor Vasa stepped up and played a great inside game for us,” Power said. “That’s senior leadership right there.”
Aside from her double-double, Vasa also recorded four steals and had two assists. Wagner led the team in assists with four of the team’s 15.
Dakota State was led in scoring by McKenzie Hermanson with 13 points. Ashlyn Macdonald had a solid game with 12 points and 11 rebounds. The Trojans have now lost three straight games and sit at 1-8 on the season.
Briar Cliff improved to 7-5 on the year and will take a 3-5 record in the GPAC to Orange City, Iowa on Wednesday for a conference clash with #5 Northwestern at 6 p.m.