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Vikings conquer Warriors

Grand View's Morgan Hamner (18) contributed 18 points to the Vikings' 73-57 win over the Corban University Warriors in the second round of the NAIA National Tournament. PHOTO: Laura Bernero

The No. 2 seed Grand View University Vikings overran the No. 3 seed Corban University Warriors 73-57.

The Vikings took a fast start, jumping ahead to take the lead.  In the second part of the half, the Vikings went on an 8-0 run, leaving Corban scoreless for a full five minutes until Tess Bennet shot a two-pointer for the Warriors, cutting the Vikings’ lead to 34-22.

Corban attempted to keep up, but although both teams took the same amount of shots, the Vikings connected more for a 66 percent shooting rate compared to the Warriors’ 48 percent.

The Vikings lost their momentum with four minutes to go as Corban regained their feet and scored a total of 11 points in the last four minutes of the second half, cutting the Vikings’ lead to 37-33 as the teams headed to the locker rooms.

Both teams had 22 points from the paint.  Jennifer Jorgensen, a senior guard for the Vikings, contributed 14 of the 22 for Grand View and also posted eight rebounds.  For the Warriors, Emily Tsugawa contributed eight points and racked up six assists in the first half.

In the second half, the closest the Warriors came was within four at the eleven min mark with a score of 46-41. However, the Vikings were not phased and instead ran away with the lead.

Grand View hit 22 of their 28 free throws, which contributed to their 41 percent shooting rate.

Jorgensen led the Vikings with a double-double, scoring 33 points and grabbing 15 rebounds throughout the game.  Teammate Morgan Hamner joined her in double digits with 18 points.  For the Warriors, Tsugawa racked up 16 points of her own.

The Warriors outrebounded the Vikings on the offensive end 13-5 and overall 45-36.

“We had some discussions with a couple of them [the players] that weren’t doing a good job boxing out…that’s just one of the things we have to motivate them on,” said Garey Smith, Grand View head coach.

The Vikings kept their turnovers to two in the second half, something Smith hopes to utilize against the Concordia defense.

“With them [Concordia] we got to be able to handle their press,” he said.

Grand View University will play Concordia (Neb.) in the quarterfinals at 8 p.m. on Saturday.
Contributed to by Jen Gold

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