The Briar Cliff women’s basketball team was called for 20 second-half fouls and 30 for the game as the Chargers were unable to overcome the issue as Clarke defeated BC 80-69 Saturday in the Newman Flanagan Center.
The Pride took advantage of the whistles with 26 made free throws on 37 tries. Briar Cliff had three starters foul out of the contest with the other two starters ending the game with four fouls.
Clarke dealt with some foul issues as well, as starting guard Skylar Culbertson fouled out in the third quarter of a closely contested game. Culbertson had to leave the contest with 1:08 left on the clock in the third quarter with the Chargers leading by two. The Pride found a way to regroup in the final stanza as they outscored the Cliff 27-17 in the final 10 minutes.
Makenna Haase was the top producer in the game as she scored a game-high 23 points for Clarke while also leading all players in the contest with 13 rebounds and five blocks Tina Ubl also recorded a double-double for the Pride with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
Briar Cliff was led by freshman Konnor Sudmann who put up 17 points, three assists and three steals before fouling out. The next two top scorers for the Blue and Gold also fouled out with Payton Slaughter putting up 15 points and Madelyn Deitchler finishing with 13. Deitchler led the Chargers in rebounds with five.
Alyssa Carley was the fourth Charger in double figures with 12 points.
Briar Cliff and Clarke each had 13 assists as BC caused more turnovers by a 22-17 margin. The most glaring issue for the Cliff was the battle of the boards. The Pride outrebounded Briar Cliff 58-26, including 18-5 on the offensive glass. Clarke outscored Briar Cliff 18-4 on second-chance points and held a 42-20 point advantage on points in the paint.
The win kept Clarke undefeated this season at 3-0. Briar Cliff dropped to 1-3 on the year as the Chargers now look to dive in to GPAC play with a meeting against #1 Concordia at 2 p.m. Saturday in Seward, Neb.