Concordia's Philly Lammers

Philly Lammers recorded 28 points and 13 rebounds for Concordia in the NAIA DII semifinal.

SIOUX CITY — Top-ranked Concordia is back in the NAIA Division II women’s basketball tournament final after edging No. 4 Northwestern 82-79 in the semifinals on Monday night at the Tyson Events Center.

The Bulldogs, who were national runners-up last season, will play for the title Tuesday at 7 p.m. against Southeastern (Florida).

Philly Lammers, a Millard West graduate, led Concordia (34-3) with 28 points and 13 rebounds, while point guard Grace Barry added 19 points. Kassidy De Jong scored 23 for Northwestern, which end its season 29-5.

Concordia led 33-13 early in the second quarter before Northwestern came all the way back. The Red Raiders trailed by 16 midway through the third quarter before going on a 15-3 run.

Northwestern then grabbed the lead at 54-53 in the opening minute of the fourth quarter. There were 13 lead changes after that, but with Northwestern up 72-70 with less than three minutes left, Concordia put together an 11-2 run for an 81-74 lead with 41 seconds left. The Bulldogs held on from there.

Concordia and Northwestern, both members of the GPAC, split regular-season meetings, with Concordia winning by eight in January and Northwestern by six in February.

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