Hastings, NE -- The Hastings College women's basketball team showed some grit in its 102-85 loss to NAIA No. 2 Concordia on Wednesday night inside Lynn Farrell Arena.
Hastings trailed by as many as 32 points early in the fourth quarter but didn't give up getting back to within 16 points before falling by 17.
Early on Hastings was its own worst enemy after breaking the Bulldog press by missing multiple layups in the first quarter that would have given the Lady Broncos a chance to stay with the 2018 NAIA national runner-up. The Bulldogs were able to build a double digit lead in which it would not relinquish.
After starting the game shooting just eight percent from the floor, Hastings would finish the first half at 40 percent and then shot 53 percent in the second half.
Hastings finished the game with four players in double digits as Gabby Grasso (JR/Omaha, NE) and Kaitlyn Schmit (SO/Omaha, NE) each finished with 15 points. Taylor Beacom (FR/Papillion, NE) added 14 points on 5-for-7 shooting while Mackenzie Willicott (SR/Blue Hill, NE) finished with 12 points. Willicott also eclipsed the 1,000 career point mark in the first half.
Each team struggled in the turnover department as the teams combined for 55 turnovers.
The Bulldogs finished the night shooting 51 percent from the floor while the Lady Broncos shot 46 percent.
Concordia also controlled the rebounding by a 37-32 advantage.
Concordia was led by Grace Barry with a game high 19 points on 8-for-14 shooting.
Hastings falls to 10-8 (6-6) on the year and will be back in action Saturday Jan. 12 hitting the road to take on Mount Marty with tip-off set for 2:00 p.m. in Yankton, SD.