For a majority of the fourth quarter Wednesday night in Lynn Farrell Arena it felt like déjà vu for the Hastings College women’s basketball team. The Lady Broncos watched as the Bulldogs of Concordia University once again dominated the final 10 minutes leading to their eventual 60-46 victory.
“You know, it really did [feel like déjà vu ],” Johansen said. “That’s why we called the timeout to start the fourth, just to say ‘hey we’re not going to do this again, we need to do some other things better’ and we just didn’t do it. It is definitely a déjà vu-type feeling right now.”
For the second time in less than a month, the Bulldogs outscored the Lady Broncos in the fourth quarter by a sizable margin. In their first meeting on Jan. 25, Concordia held Hastings College to just five points in the final period and Wednesday night the Lady Broncos managed just four. Head coach Jina Johansen, however, doesn’t think much changed from the rest of the game into the fourth quarter.
“I don’t necessarily think they do a lot different,” Johansen said. “We just turned it over in bad spots. . . and then all of a sudden they’re in transition and we couldn’t get matched up. . . Stuff that we had been doing all game that had worked for us, we just decided to stop doing. We just weren’t very good defensively. . . and when you can’t make shots, it is hard to win basketball games.”
Winning basketball games has been tough for the Lady Broncos recently as the second half of their conference season has not gone as smoothly as the first half went. Five of their last seven Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) matchups have been losses in which their scoring average has dropped nearly 15 points, putting up only 55 points per contest as opposed to 70.
Holly Hild once again lit up the stat sheet for the Hastings College putting up 15 points, four 4 rebounds, and two assists. For Concordia, Erin Vieselmeyer tallied 14 points, three rebounds and one block.
Concordia University (27-2, 18-1) has already sealed at least a share of the GPAC regular season championship and will have an automatic bid to the NAIA Divison II National Championship tournament in Sioux City, IA, running March 8-14. For Hastings College, they will have the GPAC tournament to strengthen their case for a potential at-large bid to the National Championship.
Although the loss drops Hastings College to 21-8, 13-6 on the year, there is no time to worry. Their final GPAC game will come on Saturday, Feb. 18 as the Briar Cliff Chargers will visit Lynn Farrell Arena as the Lady Broncos will celebrate senior night. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m.
“It’s going to be a tough game. . . It’s going to be an absolute must-win for them coming in on Saturday,” Johansen said. “We have to make sure we match that intensity. You know that they’re going to be ready to fight and they’re going to zone us, so, at some point you’ve got to knock down shots.”