Jan. 24, 1997
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Men's Basketball : Auggies Prove Too Much for Cobbers; Playoffs Questionable
Vic Quick 1/24/97
Post-season play is becoming more and more doubtful for the men‚s team. Saturday‚s game against Augsburg ended in defeat for the Cobbers, 77-83. That loss dropped the Cobbers‚ MIAC record 2-6.
"We still have a very good chance at the playoffs. A lot of teams are only a couple games ahead of us," said senior forward Kevin Pearson. "All we have to do is concentrate on the games we have left to play."
Pearson brought in 21 points and seven rebounds, leading the Cobbers in scoring. Senior forward Daimen Crump followed, scoring 17 points, also saving seven rebounds. Despite the strong offense, the Cobbers never got the edge on Augsburg.
"Right away we got behind and we had trouble coming back," said Pearson.
According to head coach Duane Siverson, the key to finishing the season strong and making an appearance in the playoffs will be defense. Pearson agreed, saying that the team needs to stop giving up easy shots and allowing opponents to score.
"We have to pick up our intensity on defense. If we pick it up on defense, I think that will help our game on the offensive end of the floor," Siverson said.
With Two MIAC / Wins, The Women's Team Locks its Spot at the Top
"That [St. Thomas game] was a devastating loss, but on the road at Augsburg we played a great second half. In the Hamline game, it was just a matter of putting them away," said head coach Kathy Wall.
Concordia hosted Hamline on Jan. 20 in a make-up game after the original Jan. 15 game was postponed due to bad weather. Concordia led the game going into halftime and held that lead to win 72-59.
Senior forward Holly Zollar led the Cobber in scoring, bringing in 18 points. She was followed by senior forward Ann Mehrkens with 16 points, freshman Nikki Vetter with 11 and junior center Leah Sonstelie with 10.
Defense was again a key to the Cobbers‚ victor, forcing 24 Hamline turnovers. Hamline was solid in rebounds, saving 56 shots to Concordia‚s 36.
Traveling to Augsburg on Jan. 18, the Cobbers handed the Auggies a 54-81 loss. In this game, Mehrkens led Concordia with 17 points. Following her were Sonstelie with 14 points, Zollar with 11 and freshman guard Steffi Backer with 10.
In the MIAC, the Cobbers are 8-1, second to St. Thomas at 9-0. However, Wall says the team has a lot to work on.
"We need to execute better. It‚s still early, but we need to focus a little better," she said.
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