Caldwell, NJ – The Concordia College Clippers women's basketball team faced off against Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) opponent Caldwell College for the second time in four games this evening. After trailing by double digits at halftime the Clippers were unable to mount a comeback as the Cougars won their eighth game of the season, 65-52.
Neither team could score early on in the game as the first point was not scored until three minutes had passed. After taking an early 5-2 lead the Clippers allowed nine straight points to their opponent to fall behind 11-2. Concordia's deficit grew to double digits after the Cougars hit a jump shot with 8:38 remaining in the first half.
Caldwell continued to keep a double digit lead for the remainder of the half. A three-point basket in the closing seconds for the Cougars gave them a 34-20 lead into the locker room.
In the second half, the Clippers scored a quick five points to get within nine points of the lead. A scoreless drought over the next four minutes by Concordia allowed Caldwell to regain their double digit lead. Junior Krystina Agard (Queens, NY) hit back-to-back three-point baskets to get the Clippers within 10 points of the lead at the 11:22 mark.
Late in the half the Cougars went on 9-0 run as Concordia was unable to score during a span of three minutes and forty-one seconds. The Clippers stopped the run when Senior Chanessa Blakemore (Albany, NY) made a layup with 4:35 remaining as the team found themselves behind 60-43.
Alyssa Dawson (Westwood, NJ) attempted to get Concordia back to within single digits as she scored seven of the Clippers' next nine points as the score was 64-52 with 2:04 remaining. Concordia was unable to get any closer as Caldwell held onto the ball for a majority of the final two minutes as they recorded three offensive rebounds following their missed shots.
Agard led the Clippers with 17 points while adding five rebounds, two steals, an assist and a block. Blakemore scored 11 points and a team-high 12 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the season. She also recorded six steals, four blocks and two assists. As a team, the Clippers shot 23.5% (16-of-68) from the field while shooting an impressive 82.4% (14-of-17) from the foul line. The bench for Caldwell outscored Concordia's bench 33-7 while also holding a 32-18 edge in points in the paint.
The Clippers (3-10, 2-4 CACC) will be back at home for their next game which takes place this Saturday. Concordia will host Chestnut Hill College at 1pm in the Meyer Athletic Center on the campus of Concordia College.