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Briar Cliff @ Northwestern 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 26, GPAC Quarterfinals, Orange City, Iowa

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About BCC

Located in Sioux City, Iowa, Briar Cliff University is a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference.

Tourney info.

GPAC Quarterfinals
Tue, Feb 25 - Tue, Feb 25
Venue:Bultman Center
Location:Orange City, Iowa
Red Raiders Host Briar Cliff in GPAC Quarterfinals

Game Time...Ninth-ranked Northwestern opens postseason play against Briar Cliff in the GPAC quarterfinals on Wednesday night in the Bultman Center. The Red Raiders, the top overall seed in the eight-team GPAC Tournament, finished in a four-way tie for first place in the GPAC with a 16-4 record, 24-4 overall. Briar Cliff is the eighth and final seed after finishing eighth in the GPAC regular season with a 7-13 league record, 14-16 overall. Watch/Listen live to the game via the NWC webcast and KSOU broadcast at the following link: Watch/Listen Now! or follow the live stats here: Live Stats

All-Time...Northwestern leads the all-time series 49-30 and has won eight of the last 10 games against the Chargers, including both games this year. 

Earlier This Year...Northwestern swept both games this year, earning a 114-81 win over BCU in Sioux City on Nov. 12 and then a 101-75 victory on Feb. 5 in Orange City. 

Northwestern led from the start, scoring five of the first six points of the game, in the first match-up against the Chargers. Leading by four (26-22) at the 10-minute mark, Northwestern outscored BCU 39-14 over the final 10 minutes and led 65-36 at the break. The Red Raiders scored 15 of the final 18 points in the half, forcing BCU into turnovers and leading to transition baskets. 

The Red Raiders continued the run at the start of the second half, outscoring the Chargers 16-3 to put the game away with an 81-39 lead. Both teams cleared their bench with over eight minutes left as every Northwestern player saw at least eight minutes of playing time. 

Northwestern shot 52% for the game, 40% (6/15) from the three-point line. Karen Hutson went 11-for-15 from the field and converted 11-of-13 free throws for a career high 33 points. Alli Engebretson also scored a career-high with 24 points, going 5-for-7 from beyond the arc. Samantha Kleinsasser recorded her third straight double-double with 14 points and 13 boards and both Paige O'Neal (11) and Cassidy Breon (10) were also in double figures. Northwestern controlled the boards, 54-33, and dished out 20 assists, led by O'Neal with eight. 

Briar Cliff shot 37% for the game but just 13% (2/16) from the three-point line. Kaylee Blake poured in 21 points off the Chargers bench and Summer Gordon added 15. 

Engebretson scored a game-high 25 points in leading third-ranked Northwestern to a 101-75 win over Briar Cliff in the second match-up. 

Northwestern opened the game on a 13-0 run and never trailed against the Chargers in earning the season sweep. The Red Raiders led by as much as 18 (23-5) before BCU rallied and, following two free throws by Jessi Corrick, cut the deficit to just five (35-30). 

Northwestern responded with a run of its own, outscoring BCU 13-6 over the final six minutes of the half to take a 48-36 lead into the break. Morgan VanDerSloot and Mackenzie Small both knocked down a three-pointer during the run. 

The Red Raiders were able to slowly pull away in the second half, opening up a 19-point advantage following a three-pointer by Engebretson and a jumper by Kleinsasser. Northwestern stretched its advantage to 20-or-more points for the final five minutes. 

Engebretson knocked down five three-pointers en route to a game-high 25 points. She also pulled down seven boards and dished out nine assists. Kleinsasser scored 17 of her 21 points in the second half, adding a seven rebound effort. Both Hutson (16) and Small (15) were also in double figures. Northwestern held a big 49-35 advantage on the glass, pulling down 18 offensive rebounds. 

Briar Cliff shot 35% for the game but just 17% from the three-point arc (6-for-35). Kyra Stark scored 15 points to lead the Chargers' effort while Corrick put in 14. 

Scouting Briar Cliff...The Chargers finished the regular season in eighth place in the conference standings with a 7-13 record, 14-16 overall. They have dropped four straight games and five of the last six, losing to Northwestern, Mount Marty, Midland, Morningside and Doane. BCU's lone win was a 86-52 victory over Nebraska Wesleyan on Feb. 8. 

Mike Power begins his sixth consecutive and 13th overall season as the Chargers' head coach. He is 234-164 all-time and has guided BCU to five national tournaments during his tenure, including three national semifinal appearances. Last year, Briar Cliff finished fourth in the GPAC with a 13-7 record and qualified for the national tournament where they lost to Indiana Wesleyan in the quarterfinals to finish 25-10. Two starters and 11 players return off last year's squad. 

Slone Masters leads the Chargers with 15.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, shooting nearly 50% from the field. She leads the team with 28 three-pointers and ranks eighth in the NAIA with 87 steals. Freshman Kaylee Blake scores 10 points per game and is second on the team with 20 blocked shots. Four more BCU players average 7-8 points per game, including Lexi Henschke ranks eighth in the league with 60 steals. 

Northwestern News and Notes...Ranked ninth in the NAIA D-II coaches' poll for the second straight week, Northwestern is the top seed in the GPAC postseason tournament. They closed the season with wins over Dordt and fourth-ranked Hastings to finish in a four-way tie with Hastings, Morningside and Concordia for first place in the conference regular season at 16-4. They are 24-4 overall and are one of four league teams ranked in the top 10 (Hastings-4, Morningside-6, Concordia-7). 

Northwestern is second in the NAIA in points per game (90.3) and rank in the top 10 in field goal percentage (47%), three-point percentage (36%), free throw percentage (74%) and rebounding (+10). Defensively, the Red Raiders are giving up 70.5 points per game and limit teams to 38% from the field. 

Alli Engebretson is the second leading scorer in the GPAC, averaging 18.7 points per game. The senior is also second in the conference with 83 three-pointers, shooting 39% from beyond the arc, and is third in rebounding (7.5). Karen Hutson averages 17.2 points per game and leads the conference with a 56% field goal percentage. The junior is the reigning GPAC player of the week. Samantha Kleinsasser averages 16.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, ranking second in the league in both field goal percentage (52%) and blocked shots (45). Mackenzie Small scores 12.6 points per game and leads the team in three-point percentage (39%). Paige O'Neal leads the conference with 149 assists and scores 5.8 points per game. 

Up Next...The winner advances to play in the GPAC semifinals on Saturday, March 1. 

Paige O'Neal

# 10 | Guard
Senior from Hornick, Iowa

Morgan VanDerSloot

# 23 | Guard
Junior from Storm Lake, Iowa