Briar Cliff ready to climb GPAC standings

The Chargers haven't finished in the top-three since the 2009-10 season

By Chris Palmquist |

Published 10/26 2016 06:52PM

Updated 10/26 2016 06:52PM

Briar Cliff has finished each of its last two seasons at the Tyson Events Center and the NAIA National Tournament. While that's another goal this year for Coach Mike Power's squad, so is improving their standing in the Great Plains Athletic Conference.

The Chargers haven't finished in the top three in the conference since the 2009-10 season.

To snap that skid, BCU will lean heavily on seniors Kaylee Blake and Morgan Hansen, a South Sioux City alum.

Both all-GPAC performers a year ago, Hansen averaged 14 points per game while Blake chipped in 12.5.

They say that despite the overall youth of the Chargers, getting to the top of the GPAC is actually pretty simple.

"You beat the best teams," said Blake. "I mean we can go undefeated non-conference and that's awesome. But if we're not winning the conference games that we need to win, it doesn't really matter. We're kind of sick of seeing Hastings, Morningside, Concordia, Dakota Wesleyan ahead of us when we know that we're capable of beating those teams."

"Yes, the end goal is to get to the tournament, but we can't just look right there right away," said Hansen. "We have to take it game by game and if we do that I think in the long run that will help us."

"We're probably the most consistent tier two team there is, right?" asked Power. "I mean we're always like preseason number four, we're always in that same level but never the top dog. We need to maximize what we have."

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