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Concord Comeback Falls Short at Alderson-Broaddus

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The Concord University women's basketball team erased a 16-point second half deficit vs. Alderson-Broaddus to force overtime but ultimately fell short against the Battlers, losing 73-68 in overtime Tuesday night.

The loss drops Concord's overall record to 2-3 and its West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference mark to 1-1. Alderson-Broaddus improves to 1-1 overall and 1-0 in the WVIAC with the win.

Sophomore forward Rachel Artrip scored a career-high 20 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. Artrip went 5-for-12 from three-point range. Junior guard Amanda Smith added 16 points as Concord's second-leading scorer.

Sophomore forward Jacqueline Kestner and senior forward Tanisha Williams both chipped in nine points in the defeat. Williams and sophomore guard Stephanie Wagner both had three steals with Wagner also passing out a team-best six assists.

As a team, Concord shot 38.6 percent from the field (27-for-70). The Mountain Lions made 33.3 percent of their three-pointers (8-for-24).

Alderson-Broaddus jumped out to an eight-point lead (22-14) through the opening 16 minutes of play before Concord made one of its many comebacks of the night to trim the deficit to just one point (27-26) heading into halftime. The 12-5 run was sparked by six points from Artrip.

However, the Battlers were able to come out of the break and go on a 20-5 spurt, opening up their largest lead of the night at 47-31 with 11:14 to play in regulation. Concord refused to quit and mounted a comeback for the ages.

The Mountain Lions comeback began with 13-3 run that cut the Alderson-Broaddus lead to just six points (50-44) with 5:57 to play in the half. With the game within reach, Concord continued to fight and controlled the final five minutes of play by scoring 12 of the periods final 18 points to tie the game at 56-56. The final five minutes saw huge three-pointers from Artrip and senior guard Katy Somerville. Artrip's triple with 1:14 was the game-tying basket.

Concord jumped ahead of Alderson-Broaddus 59-58 early in overtime after another three by Artrip. The teams continued to trade baskets leading to a 66-66 tie with 1:10 to play. However, Concord would finally run out of gas as Alderson-Broaddus closed out the game by going on a 7-2 run to end the game with the 73-68 win.

The Mountain Lions will step out of WVIAC competition to host UVA-Wise Tuesday Nov. 27 at the Carter Center.