Stan Plewe, Dixie State Athletics
Dixie State center Kristin Baldwin (left) drives to the basket on Monday in the Trailblazers' 77-69 loss to Concordia-Irvine.

The Dixie State women’s basketball team fell at Concordia-Irvine on Monday, 77-69, in the final game of a two-game road trip inside CU Arena in Irvine, California.

Kristin Baldwin scored a career-high 18 points to go with nine rebounds, but the Trailblazers (6-5, 2-2 PacWest) couldn’t overcome a steady Concordia-Irvine 3-point attack. The loss to the Eagles marked the first time this season DSU has dropped consecutive games.

Concordia built an early 8-3 lead as the Trailblazers went the 4 1/2 minutes without a field goal. Mariah Martin ended the drought with a 3-pointer at the 5:32 mark to cut the lead to 8-6. Dixie State later pulled within two points again at 12-10, but the Eagles closed the first quarter on an 8-0 run to take a 20-10 lead.

CUI opened the second quarter with a layup to extend the run to 10-0 and build a 22-10 lead. After the teams traded baskets, Keslee Stevenson buried a triple, followed by a Martin jump shot to trim the lead to 24-17 at the 7:30 mark. The game seesawed through the final seven minutes of the frame before Taylor Moeaki converted a traditional three-point play with a reverse layup to cut the lead to 38-31 at halftime.

The Trailblazers used a 6-0 run in the third quarter to pull to within 42-41 midway through the frame. Stevenson scored four points, including another trey, during the stretch, but Concordia answered with back-to-back 3-pointers to push the lead to 48-41. DSU responded with a 9-2 run, including Stevenson’s third 3-pointer of the night, to tie the game at 50-50 with 25 seconds remaining in the period. But CUI responded again and hit a triple at the buzzer to retake the lead at 53-50.

The shot helped propel the Eagles to a 14-point lead at 75-61 as part of a 17-6 run in the final frame. Dixie State closed the game on a 6-0 run, including back-to-back baskets by Gabrielle Cabanero, to close the gap to the final tally of 77-69.

Dixie State shot 39 percent (26-of-66) from the field, 37 percent (6-of-16) from 3-point range and 84 percent (11-of-13) from the free-throw line. Baldwin led three DSU players in double figures with a career-high 18 points and nine rebounds. Martin added 13 points and six assists, while Stevenson finished with a career-high 12 points and four rebounds.

The Trailblazers now return home for the Christmas break and will host Point Loma on Saturday, Dec. 30, at 1:30 p.m., inside the Burns Arena.

Keric Seegmiller is Assistant Coordinator of Media Relations at Dixie State University and the Voice of Trailblazer Athletics. Contact him at keric.seegmiller@dixie.edu.