The Dominican University women's basketball program snapped a seven-game losing streak on Saturday with a 70-64 victory over Northern Illinois-Iowa Conference (NIIC) foe Clarke College.
The Stars rallied behind a tremendous effort from senior Melissa Lounds, who poured in a season-high 30 points on 9-for-13 shooting from the field and a 12-for-15 performance from the foul line. Lounds also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds to propel the Stars to victory.
Lounds was one of four Stars players to score in double-digits on Saturday. Wioleta Koziol (14), Jamie Baird (11) and Nicole Zuhlke (10) all double-figures with Zuhlke adding 10 assists for her first double-double effort of the season.
Men's basketball: The men's basketball team (7-16, 2-8) suffered back-to-back NIIC defeats last week to Clarke College, 93-67, and Aurora University, 79-53.
Cougars surprised by Aurora
The Concordia women's basketball team lost their sixth consecutive contest on Saturday night as two surprise contributors led the Aurora Spartans past the Cougars 75-72 in overtime.
The Cougars led for most of the first 40 minutes and, when senior Tamica Lyons came off the bench to hit two clutch threes, Concordia held a 59-54 lead with two minutes left. However, Courtney Lillard (18 points, nine rebounds) scored twice to bring Aurora within one. Then, after Vanessa Acosta hit two free throws with 21 seconds left for a three point lead, Aurora's Daisy Mena connected on a three from the top of the arc with five ticks left to send the game into overtime. Another three by Mena, who did not play in the first game between the teams in January, would give the Spartans the lead for good in the extra session.
Concordia will wrap up the regular season on Thursday night at Dominican University before finding out their opponent for the first round of next week's NIIC tournament.
Men's basketball: The Cougar men went up against the conference-leading Aurora Spartans on Saturday night, and the result was an 83-68 win for Aurora, dropping the Cougars to 3-19 on the season. Edwin Sneed came off the bench to score 12 points and pull down eight rebounds for Concordia.