Alyssa Carley is expected to be the leader for the Briar Cliff women’s basketball team this year and the senior guard shined under those expectations in the season opener. Carley led all players in points and rebounds in the Chargers’ 85-73 win against Dakota State Monday night in Madison, S.D.
The Treynor, Iowa native poured in 18 points while hauling in 10 rebounds for her first career double-double as fellow Treynor native Madelyn Deitchler matched her scoring output for BC.
The Blue and Gold feature one other player from Treynor with freshman Konnor Sudmann getting the start and putting up 16 points as the Treynor trio also combined for nine steals.
One other Charger reached double figures in scoring with Jadyn Bussinger putting up 10 off the bench. Bussinger’s seven rebounds were the second most behind Carley.
Briar Cliff opened the scoring on a Deitchler bucket assisted by Carley as the Chargers dominated much of the first quarter. The Cliff led by 11 points after Bussinger drained 3-pointers on consecutive possessions, but the Trojans regathered and trimmed the lead to just one in the final minute of the stanza. Carley made a pair of free throws to end the quarter with Briar Cliff leading 25-22.
The second quarter was close throughout, but Dakota State never took a lead despite evening the score a couple of times. The Trojans trailed by two (48-46) at half and got their first lead early in the third quarter with baskets on each of their first two possessions while forcing a turnover between the shots.
Carley responded with one of her two 3-pointers on the night to regain the lead as the third quarter turned out to be the strongest one for Briar Cliff, outscoring Dakota State 23-16 in the frame.
The Chargers (1-0) coasted in the final 10 minutes en route to the double-digit victory to start the season. The contest was not the first time on the court for Dakota State as the Trojans lost by six to Jamestown over the weekend and now fall to 0-2.
Dakota State was led by Jessi Giles with 18 points. The Trojans were more efficient shooting on the night as they made 24-of-47 shots for 51% while Briar Cliff connected on 32% (25-for-79) of its shots. The difference was protecting the basketball and second-chance scoring as BC caused 35 turrnovers while only committing 17 and the Chargers had more offensive rebounds by a 21-4 margin leading to a 13-6 edge in second chance points.
Despite the significant edge on the offensive glass, the teams tied in total rebounds with 42 each. Briar Cliff got to the free throw line more than Dakota State and had more success at the charity stripe as the Chargers went 27-for-36 (75%) with the Trojans going 18-for-26 (69%).
Briar Cliff opens its home slate with a pair of games this weekend as the Chargers host #17 St. Xavier at 7:30 p.m. Friday and #24 Olivet Nazarene at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Newman Flanagan Center.