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Davenport defeated Bloomsburg 43-26 in the women’s DII semifinals. The Panthers struggled mightily in the first half and trailed 26-5 going into the break. Davenport righted the ship in the second half, however, scoring 38 unanswered points to win the match.
Bloomsburg owned the first half, thanks in large part to the play of Nikki Snyder. The Center opened the scoring, with a try and after a Davenport score cut the game to 7-5, Snyder added two more scores to complete a first half hat trick. Davenport struggled with body position and poor tackling, leaving time and space for a deadly Snyder to capitalize.
“We didn’t stick to our pattern of play and we came in way to high at the rucks and we were tackling way to high. There number 12 is a fantastic player but we were trying to grab her on the soldiers and reaching for her and she was just cutting us up,” said Davenport coach Greg Teliczan.
The Pennsylvania school added one more score before the break to extend the lead to 26-5. The Panthers regrouped after halftime, however, and scored six second half tries. Hunter Moreland got the first of the second half and Danielle Ordway notched the next three scores for the Panthers. Along with the first DU score of the game, and another score to seal the victory, Ordway finished with five tries on the afternoon.
“She is fantastic athlete, very fast,” Teliczan said of his star back. “How we had our game plan set up, we tried to get our back line set up to attack against less numbers and that is what really happened….and she took advantage of it.”
Ordway was the beneficiary of a solid game plan that Davenport was able to use in the second half. “We went back to our play and stuck to our game plan. We slowed things down a little bit and stuck to everything that we had been practicing and working on,” added Teliczan. "We did a lot better in the rucks. That made a huge difference with our girls.”
Davenport made a number of key substitutions in the second half that opened up space for the backline. “They had a huge impact,” Teliczan said of his subs. “I think we kind of beat them up a little bit. They seemed a bit warn down as they went through that second half."
Davenport will take on Winona State in the Finals tomorrow.