The third-seeded Central Missouri Jennies basketball team lost to seventh-seeded Concordia St. Paul, 85-60 in the regional semifinals at Rhodes Arena Saturday night. The Jennies (26-5) spotted themselves a 4-0 lead in the first 2:04 of the game courtesy of a pair of layups from Shelby Winkelmann and Revonnia Howard.
In the game’s second half, the Jennies were able to cut the deficit to 13 at 46-33, but the Golden Bears held off UCM for the rest of the game. The Jennies scored 35 points in the second half in comparison to 25 in the first 20 minutes. UCM got to the charity stripe 16 times in the game, depositing 11 free throw tosses. (68.8%). UCM shot 31% from the floor (22-of-71) and 22.7% from three-point range (5-of-22).
Central Missouri finished the season with their best record in 14 years and won their first NCAA Tournament game since the 2005-06 season. The Jennies’ all-time NCAA Tournament record falls to 20-19.