Kerns' Double-Double Leads CUW Past Lakeland
Courtesy of Concordia University Wisconsin
PLYMOUTH, Wis. -- Lakeland College had defeated Concordia University Wisconsin twice during the regular season, but the Falcons turned the tables in the NAC Tournament quarterfinals on Wednesday night with a satisfying 56-44 win in Woltzen Gymnasium.
This time head coach Stacey Brunner-Jones' team worked hard for a 28-23 halftime margin and led the rest of the way in the process of ending the Muskies' fine season at 18-8.
Senior Kendall Kerns (Stoughton, Wis.) helped make sure her career did not end on this particular evening with the game's only double-double, 21 points and 14 rebounds.
CUW will travel to Wisconsin Lutheran College for a Friday evening matchup at 7 p.m. in the NAC Tournament semifinals.
The game was still up for grabs when LC got within 42-39 with less than six minutes to play. That's when junior Brittany Zietlow (Oak Creek, Wis.) took center stage. Zietlow hit a huge 3-pointer to make it 45-39 with 5:11 left to play and buried another triple with 3:42 remaining to build the CUW lead to 50-39.
The final 56-44 margin was built as the Muskies players fouled down the stretch in a desperate attempt to get back into the game.