Dominican experiences growing pains

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One week after the program's first three-game win streak since November of 1998, the Stars dropped back to back games to Judson College and Saint Mary's University.

On Sunday, the Stars came up on the losing end of a 61-50 seesaw battle with the Saint Mary's Cardinals. After jumping out to a six-point lead in the game's first eight minutes, the Stars fell behind 33-21 at the end of the first half.

The Stars battled to within in two-points in the last five minutes on three-point field goal by Bernie Talian. However, the Cardinals countered with the next four points to reclaim a 52-46 lead with 3:32 remaining. Binyamin Jones pulled the Stars to within four on a dunk but the Cardinals responded with a three to pull out to a 55-48 lead and then converted six of eight free throws in the game's final minute to secure the 11-point victory.

Talian paced the Stars' offense with 13 points on 5-for-9 shooting from the field, including three 3-point field goals.

Just 24 hours earlier, the Stars fell to the Judson College Eagles in a thrilling 73-72 game that featured six lead changes and seven ties.

The Stars were led by freshman Kenny Goldthwaite's 13 points.

Women's basketball: The Stars continued their struggles on the court with 36 turnovers in a 91-39 loss at University of Chicago on Saturday.

Katie Strickland was the leading scorer for the Stars with eight points while five Maroons scored in double-figures.

Seven's heaven

Despite having just seven healthy bodies for Saturday's men's basketball game at Lincoln Christian College, the Concordia Cougars put forth a solid effort in defeating the host Preachers by a final score of 65-59. The win improved the Cougars' record to 2-5.

Concordia shot a blistering 14-26 (54 percent) from the field in the second half to overcome a 33-30 halftime deficit. They held the Preachers to 10 of 32 (31 percent) in the final 20 minutes, including 3-14 from 3-point range.

Concordia also managed to eliminate the negatives in committing just eight fouls and 10 turnovers. Bernard Middleton scored a season-high 17 points.

Women's basketball: While Elmhurst College defeated the Concordia women's basketball team by an 80-61 score on Saturday, it might be more accurate to say that the Cougars defeated themselves. Concordia committed 37 turnovers which included their first five possessions, negating a fine shooting effort on the day.

Concordia shot 12 of 20 (60 percent) from the field in the first half while holding the Bluejays to 14 of 37 (38 percent).

All-Region

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) released the 2004 All-Region Team for the North Central Region on Monday and Dominican University's Erik Elizondo was named to the First Team as a forward and goalkeeper Jonathan Maendel was named to the Third Team.

Elizondo, a senior, led the Stars' offensive attack with 24 goals and 15 assists for 63 points.  Named the Northern Illinois-Iowa Conference (NIIC) Player of the Year, Elizondo racked up 19 points in five conference games on seven goals and five assists.

Elizondo wrapped up his four-year career with 181 points in 85 games, averaging 2.13 points per game on 62 career goals, including 12 game-winning goals, and 57 career assists.

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