In an effort that saw banged heads, bloody noses and 42 personal fouls, NAIA Division II No. 5 Briar Cliff was able to knock off an upset-minded Hastings College women’s basketball team 82-69.
The four-hour road trip to Lynn Farrell Arena on Saturday wasn’t as easy as the Chargers might have hoped, though.
HC (7-6, 3-3 GPAC) had the Chargers (11-1, 5-1) on the ropes in the first 15 minutes of the game, taking a 19-12 lead.
BCU battled back to take a 29-26 lead just before half, but HC responded with a 6-0 run in the closing minute thanks to buckets from seniors Brittney Wong, Melissa Thompson and freshman Hallie Bauer to secure a 32-29 halftime advantage.
“We forced (Briar Cliff) to adjust to us,” HC head coach Carrie Hofstetter said. “I liked our demeanor in the first half. We were aggressive, and we shot a lot of layups. In the full court, especially, I liked what we were doing.”
The second half was a different story.