WATERTOWN, Wis. – Maranatha kept Concordia Chicago in check without leading player, Torey DeLozier, finishing with a 61-54 win to improve to 6-1 and 4-1 in the Northern Athletics Conference.
DeLozier, who attended an AVCA Awards Banquet for volleyball, was not needed against Concordia, as senior point guard Autumn Peotter (Waupaca, Wis.) found her stroke, shooting 6-11 from beyond the arc, and finishing with 22 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and three steals.
Freshman forward Stacy Reinke (Clintonville, Wis.) hit a three to break a 13-13 tie with 10 minutes left in the first half, and built as much as a 14-point lead, holding an 11-4 advantage over Concordia in second-chance points.
The Cougars came as close as seven points in the second half, but it was Maranatha’s defense, led by freshman Stacie Ross (Wyoming, Mich.) and senior Laci Peterson (Chillicothe, Ill.) held Concordia to 26% field goal shooting in the game and held a 48-30 rebounding edge.
Ross finished with five points and 11 rebounds while Peterson chipped in 12 points, eight rebounds and three blocks.
Senior guard Kristin Morrison (Jefferson, Wis.) recorded 11 points, five rebounds and two assists in 33 minutes.
Maranatha moves on to face Wisconsin Lutheran on Saturday, January 5 at 2:00 p.m. at home.