MEQUON, Wis. – Maranatha’s first Northern Athletics Conference Semifinal appearance ended with a 47-40 loss at the hands of the Concordia Wisconsin Falcons.
Maranatha struggled its way through 16 turnovers in the first half, throwing off a consistent rhythm the team hoped to develop.
Despite the lack of generated shots, Maranatha still came away with a 40% average from the field but trailed 27-12 at the half.
The defense set the tone in the second half for Maranatha, holding the Falcons to four points in the first seven minutes while shooting 41% from the field.
Maranatha cut the lead down to seven, twice, in the first 10 minutes of the half, but each time the Falcons pushed the lead just out of reach.
With a minute left in the game, senior guard Autumn Peotter (Waupaca, Wis.) hit two straight layups for a 45-40 deficit, and had a steal to keep her team in it, but Concordia put the game away on a pair of free throws.
Maranatha ends its season in the NAC with a 14-6 conference record, the best since joining in 2006 and a 19-6 overall mark.
The team makes the trek down to Chicago, Ill. for the NCCAAII Midwest Regional Tournament, where they face the lowest remaining seed from Thursday’s game at 7:00 p.m.