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Northwestern rally falls short in NAIA semifinals

SIOUX CITY (KTIV) — Northwestern College made a valiant comeback but fell to GPAC rival Concordia, 82-79, in the semifinals of the NAIA II Women’s Basketball Tournament Monday at the Tyson Events Center.

Northwestern trailed by 14 at the half but came back to take the lead in the fourth quarter. The lead changed hands several times in the final frame before the Bulldogs survived in the final minute.

Kassidy De Jong led Northwestern with 23 points. Sammy Blum added 17 for the Red Raiders. Northwestern and Concordia had split their two regular season meetings, each winning on their home floor.

“I think more important than feeling like the comeback was in me, I think the players felt it was in them,” said Northwestern Head Coach Chris Yaw. “You could see it in their eye. You could see it when they shared eye contact with each other and embraced each other in conversation in those timeouts. They were believing. They were absolutely believing no matter what point it was in that game.”

Northwestern ends their season at 29-5. Concordia is back in the title game for the second straight season after finishing second last year, where they’ll play Southeastern of Florida who beat last year’s champions from Dakota Wesleyan, 78-75, in double overtime.

Brad Pautsch

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