Women's basketball

Northwestern @ Briar Cliff 6 p.m. Wednesday, February 4, Sioux City, Iowa


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NAIA D-II National Championship
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About BCC

Located in Sioux City, Iowa, Briar Cliff University is a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference.
Ranked Teams Square Off In Sioux City

Game Time...Northwestern College goes for its season-high fourth straight win as they travel to Sioux City, Iowa, to play Briar Cliff in a GPAC match-up between ranked teams. Tip-off at the Newman Flanagan Center is scheduled for 6pm. The Red Raiders, who earned votes in this week's NAIA coaches' poll, have won three straight to move up to fifth place in the GPAC with an 8-6 record, 14-8 overall. The 22nd-ranked Chargers are tied with Hastings for third place in the GPAC with a 9-5 league record, 17-7 overall. Watch/listen live to the game via the Briar Cliff webcast at the following link: Watch/Listen Now! or follow the live stats at this link: Live Stats

All-Time...Northwestern leads the all-time series 50-31, dating back to the 1977 season. The Red Raiders are 7-3 over the last 10 match-ups against BCU.

Last Time vs Briar Cliff...A cold shooting second half doomed Northwestern in its 76-61 loss to Briar Cliff in a conference match-up played Dec. 10 at the Bultman Center. 

Leading 39-34 at the break, Northwestern shot just 25% in the second half, going a mere 2-for-14 (14%) from beyond the arc.

The Red Raiders still held a five point advantage (42-37) early in the second half but a 9-0 BCU run, capped by a Kaylee Blake lay-up, put the Chargers on top 46-42. Baskets by Karen Ettleman and Arianne Gesell tied it at 46 but another BCU run, a 12-2 spurt, put the Chargers up for good. Northwestern had just one field goal over a five minute stretch as Briar Cliff pulled away.

Ettleman scored a game-high 26 points before fouling out with three minutes left to go. Paige O'Neal was the only other NWC player in double figures with 11 points. She pulled down six rebounds and dished out six assists. 

Briar Cliff was led by the duo of Blake (26 points) and Jessi Corrick, who scored 15 of her 22 points from the free throw line. The Chargers shot 41% from the field but 50% (5-for-10) from beyond the arc. 

Northwestern outscored BCU 8-1 to start the game and led 12-5 after a lay-up by Gesell with 13:12 left in the first half. The Chargers began an 8-2 run to get within one and later tied the game at 27 after a lay-up by Slone Masters. Northwestern, however, scored the next nine points and led by five at the break (39-34).

The Red Raiders held a slim 42-39 edge on the boards, led by Claudia Larsen with eight. 

Scouting Briar Cliff...Ranked 22nd for the second straight week, Briar Cliff is currently tied with Hastings for third place in the GPAC with a 9-5 record, 17-7 overall. They own a one game lead over Northwestern and are four games in back of second place Concordia. The Chargers are 2-2 over their last four games, defeating Dakota Wesleyan and Dordt and losing to Concordia and Hastings. 

Mike Power is in his 15th overall and ninth straight season as the Chargers head coach, having also served in the role from 19998. Already the winningest coach in the program's history, Power is closing in on 300 wins. He guided the Chargers to a seventh place finish last year, ending with a 14-17 overall record. Power returns nearly everyone off last year's roster. 

Briar Cliff averages 71 points per game and ranks in the middle of the pack in field goal percentage (43%). One of the top defensive teams in the conference, the Chargers lead the GPAC in opponents field goal percentage (37%) and are giving up just 62 points per game. 

Jessi Corrick leads a balanced BCU offense, averaging 12.4 points per game. Corrick ranks second on the team with 16 three-pointers and is one of the top free throw shooters in the GPAC at 83%. Slone Masters, a two-time all-conference selection, averages 11 points and a team-best 6.6 rebounds per game. Masters also leads the team in steals (58), blocks (24) and double-doubles (4). Kaylee Blake scores 10.9 points per game and is shooting a team-best 50% from the field. 

Northwestern News and Notes...The Red Raiders have won three straight and four of their last five games to climb up to fifth place in the GPAC with an 8-6 league record, 14-8 overall. They earned votes in the NAIA coaches' poll, the first time the Red Raiders have appeared in the coaches' poll since the preseason. Northwestern has wins over Nebraska Wesleyan, Mount Marty and Midland during its current streak.

Northwestern averages 76 points per game and continues to lead the GPAC in field goal percentage (45%), ranking eighth in the NAIA. They are second in rebounding (+4) and average four three-pointers per game. Defensively, the Red Raiders are giving up 70 points per game.

Karen Ettleman leads the GPAC in scoring, averaging 21.4 points per game. The senior is shooting 47% from the field and also leads the team in rebounding (6) and steals (41). Paige O'Neal is 10th in the league in scoring, averaging 12.5 points per game, and shooting 44% from the field. O'Neal, the current GPAC player of the week, is second in the GPAC with 105 assists. Arianne Gesell scores nine points per game and is shooting 68% from the field. 

Up Next...Another road game awaits the Red Raiders this weekend as they travel to Crete, Neb. to play Doane in a GPAC match-up on Saturday, Feb. 7.

Arianne Gesell

# 41 | Post
Senior from Fremont, NE

Claudia Larsen

# 40 | Forward
Sophomore from Fonda, IA