Cavaliers Torch nets To Spoil Boxers' Season Opener
FOREST GROVE – Concordia torched the nets for 58 percent shooting from the field Monday night, allowing the Cavaliers to blow past Pacific, 98-72, in the Boxers' 2010-11 women's basketball season opener at the Stoller Center.
The Cavaliers (2-3) hit 40 of 68 from the field and connected on 35.7 percent (5-14) from three-point range. Danielle Clauson had a career night to the lead the Cavaliers with 33 points, on 15 of 20 from the field, and nine rebounds. Courtney May added 13 points.
Pacific (0-1) shot a very respectable 42 percent from the field (29-69), but made 11 less shots on the night. Paige Jensen (So., Bemidji, Minn.) and Kristen Corrales (So., Waimanalo, Hawaii) led four Pacific players in double figures with 13 points. Kaley Adams (Fr., Seattle, Wash.) scored 11 and Alissa Nergaard (Fr., Covington, Ore.) added 10 in their Pacific debuts. Kandice McArthur (Jr., Post Falls, Idaho) led the Boxers on the board with nine rebounds. Both teams finished with 38 rebounds, with the Boxers pulling down 17 off the offensive glass.
Concordia opened up an otherwise close start five minutes, going on a 9-2 run which culminated on Brittney Yates' three-pointer to go up 24-14 at the 10:47 mark. The lead with 14 points when a Jensen lay-up and a free throw by Adams narrowed the advantage to 11 with 6:20 to go. A trey by May opened up a 21-4 Concordia run to close out the half. May ended the run with a jumper with eight seconds to as the Cavaliers went into halftime with a 54-24 lead.
The Cavaliers opened the second half by going up 29 points, but the Boxers scrapped their way to a 13-6 run to come within 20. McArthur ended the run with her jumper at the 16:23 mark to narrow the edge to 60-40. The Boxers hit just two more field goals over the next four minutes, allowing the Cavaliers to balloon the game back to 29 on a pair of Brittany Welch free throws.
Kai Schmidt made it a 30-point Concordia lead with her three-pointer at the 8:25 mark. Pacific closed back to within 24 on back-to-back three-pointers by Olivia Scheidt (Fr., Costa Mesa, Calif.) and Corrales with 7:27 to go, but the Boxers would come no closer.
Pacific will face their second straight Cascade Conference opponent when they travel to Olympia, Wash., on Saturday to face Evergreen State. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. Concordia returns to action tomorrow night, hosting Linfield.