B-ball teams bounce back with wins

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The Dominican University women's basketball team bounced back from a 79-52 defeat at the hands of Lawrence University on opening night with a 59-55 win on Saturday afternoon over Concordia University?#34;Wis.

Junior Katie Strickland poured in a game-high 27 points on 6-for-14 shooting from the field and going 12-for-16 from the free-throw line. Strickland also grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Stars on the boards as Dominican cruised to a 59-55 win, trailing the Falcons for just 1:39 in the entire game.

Senior Melissa Lounds added 10 points in the winning effort and logged six steals in 29 minutes.

On opening night, the Stars committed 47 turnovers in a 79-52 loss at the hands of Lawrence University. 

Men's basketball: The Stars traveled to Greenville College for the North-South Classic featuring the Stars and Concordia University against Greenville College and Blackburn College. Dominican bounced back from a 59-55 loss to Blackburn on Friday with a 77-67 win over Greenville on Saturday.

Dominican jumped out to a 41-29 lead at the half on Saturday over Greenville, behind 15-points from freshman Bernie Talian on five-of-six shooting from behind the three-point arc.  Talian finished the game with 21 points in just 14 minutes, leading all scorers.

The Stars took the lead for good with seven minutes remaining in the first half on a three-point play from freshman Kenny Goldthwaite. The Stars then went on a 9-0 run to open up an eight-point lead that they would never surrender.

Senior Ocie Peet, named to the all-tournament team, chipped in 15 points and grabbed six rebounds while sophomore Derek Pedersen added 10 points of his own in the winning effort.  Freshman Ivano Clay and Mike Haiduc scored nine points apiece with Clay adding seven assists while Haiduc recorded eight rebounds.

Pedersen and Clay led the Stars in Friday night's 59-55 loss to Blackburn.  Pedersen scored eight of his team-leading 14 points in the second half while Clay added 10 points in the losing effort.

The Stars led Blackburn by seven at the end of the first half but were outscored 40-29 in the second half, suffering their first loss of the season.

The Stars return home for the home opener on Sunday, Nov. 28, as they host University of Chicago for a 3 p.m. game in Dominican University's Igini Sports Forum.

Cougars recover

Concordia University's women's basketball team bounced back from an opening night loss to defeat Iowa Wesleyan College 61-50 in the consolation round of the Nov. 19-20 Lake Forest Tip-Off Tournament.

Jennifer Seales came off the bench to hit four three-pointers that keyed a 19-1 run, lifting the Cougars to a 40-22 halftime lead. Concordia would not be challenged after that, building their lead as high as 26 points in the second half. Iowa Wesleyan scored the final 12 points of the game to make the final margin more respectable. Seales finished with a team-high 15 points on 5-8 three-point shooting. Vanessa Acosta scored 14 points, and Atoi Sinclair (named to the all-tournament team, added nine points and 14 rebounds.

The Cougar offense was unable to match an excellent defensive effort in Friday's 48-38 loss to Lake Forest. Sinclair tallied a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Men's basketball: The Cougars narrowly missed giving new head coach Brian Sommerhauser a win in his first game as host Greenville College came from behind to edge the Cougars 59-58 on Friday night.

Concordia's balanced scoring had Tom Woodruff, Andre Smith and Ed Sneed scoring 10 points each.

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