The Concordian Sports February 23, 1996

Cobbers crush Hamline 77-52

Cobber women need a win Saturday to host first round playoff game

by Colin Beltz

Sports editor

Concordia women's basketball team continued their home dominance and road woes last week with a 77-52 thrashing of Hamline Tuesday at home and a 61-54 loss at Bethel Saturday.

The Cobbers quickly disposed of Hamline in the first half with a 10-2 start and early 18-8 lead. Concordia could do no wrong in the first twenty minutes as they made 20 out of 30 shots from the floor for a 66 percent success rate.

As hot as they were on offense, the Cobbers were just as aggressive on defense. Concordia attacked whomever had the ball as soon as they gained possession.

"Kathy [Wall, head coach] has been stressing defense all year," said junior Holly Zollar. "We really played intense on defense and got some great shots on offense.

Zollar led all scorers in the game with 18 points on 7 of 12 shooting. Junior Ann Mehrkens made 7 of 8 shots to finish with 14 points and senior Jodi Tulibaski added 12 points.

All three players grabbed eight rebounds as did sophomore Leah Sonstelie. Concordia out-rebounded Hamline by a 54-34 margin.

Concordia played some of their best basketball of the year in the first half against Hamline. However, according to Wall, they need play that well for the rest of the season in order to advance in the playoffs.

"It was the first time we have played really well in a long while," said Wall. "We need to focus on ourselves. We have to get better or we will get beat."


Last Saturday, Concordia dropped its fourth conference game of the year as Bethel came away with a 61-54 win.

In the first half, both teams had trouble scoring. Each squad shot 25 percent from the field and left Bethel with a slim 23-21 lead at halftime.

"We were just holding ourselves back," said Wall. "Offensively, we weren't moving the ball and not getting good shots."

The Cobbers improved in the second half, but, unfortunately, so did the Royals.

Concordia came back in the second half to hit 58 percent of their field goals compared to Concordia's 42 percent.

The Cobbers were led in scoring by Zollar once again who contributed 14 points. Junior Mindy Schirm scored 12 points and Mehrkens added 11.

Concordia will finish their MIAC schedule tomorrow at Carleton.

The women do not have an MIAC Tournament, so the first round of the NCAA tournament is set to begin next Wednesday.

The game sites will be determined Sunday.

Concordia carries its 16-4 MIAC mark and 19-5 overall record into the final regular season game of the year at Carleton tomorrow.

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