2007-08 Women's Basketball - Game Recaps

Cobber junior guard Jenna Freudenberg scored 12 points in Concordia's 76-68 loss to Whitworth (Wash.) on Sunday. CC led by six at halftime but was outscored by 14 in the decisive second half.
Second Half Sinks Cobbers!  


Gameday Scoreboard:


Game Stats: Concordia vs. Whitworth Box Score - Now Online!

Opponent's Website: Whitworth Women's Basketball

Midway Classic Tournament Website: Midway Classic Tournament

Gameday Rewind:

Game Stats: Concordia vs. Whitworth Box Score - Now Online!

All-Tournament Team:

Midway Classic All-Tournament Team

Melanie Hageman, Concordia
Courney Gaddis, Whitworth
Chiresse Paradise, Baruch
Dominique McClendon, Baruch
Nofi Mojidi, Chicago
MVP: Molly Hackney, Chicago

Gameday Game Recap:

CHICAGO, Ill. (11/17/07)-- On Saturday against the University of Chicago, Concordia allowed a big run in the first half, could never recover and fell by nine. On Sunday against Whitworth (Wash.), the Cobbers allowed a 26-11 run in the second and lost 76-68 to the Pirates in the third-place game of the Midway Classic Tournament held in Chicago, Ill. The loss is the second straight for Concordia, marking the first time since the 2001-02 when they lost MSU Moorhead and Luther (Iowa) to start the year. Whitworth goes to 1-1 on the season after falling to Baruch 74-58 on Saturday.

The first half was a tale of success for Concordia as they used their team speed and quick defensive play to build up a 12-point lead at 20-8 after just eight minutes of play. CC would hold onto a double-digit lead until the 5:10 mark of the opening pereiod. From there, the Pirates would outscore Concordia 10-7 to cut the lead to 40-34 heading into the break.

In the first half, Concordia shot just 33.3% from the field (10-of-30) and did not make a 3-point field goal (0-for-8) but pressured Whitworth into nine turnovers and went to the free throw line 26 times in the first 20 minutes of play. Of the Cobbers' 40 first-half points, 20 came at the free throw line.

In the second half, the trips to the line were less frequent and Concordia committed 10 turnovers. The Cobbers shot only five free throw attempts. The game swung in favor of Whitworth in the middle part of the final period. After Concordia took an eight-point lead at 53-45 at the 15:45 mark, the Pirates went on the 26-11 run to grab a 10-point lead at 74-64 with just 2:45 left in the game. During that stretch, the Cobbers went 6-for-18 from the field and committed five turnovers. On the other side, Whitworth went 11-for-21 from the floor during that time and made five 3-point baskets.

For the game, Concordia shot 34.4% (21-of-61) from the field, 12.5% (2-of-16) from 3-point range and committed 16 turnovers. Whitworth knocked down 41.0% (25-of-61) of their shots from the floor, 45.0% (9-of-20) from outside the arc and had 15 turnovers. The Pirates held a slim 41-39 edge in rebounds.

Melanie Hageman led Concordia in scoring for the second straight game. The senior post player had a game-high 17 points and came away with seven rebounds. She finished the tournament by scoring 28 points and collecting 15 rebounds and was named to the All-Tournament Team. Hageman was one of three CC players in double figures in scoring for the game. She was joined by junior guard Jenna Freudenberg who had 12 points and sophomore Kaitlynn Gottenborg who finished with 11 points. Gottenborg also had a team-high eight rebounds.

Whitworth had two players with more than 10 points in the game. Natalie Orrell matched Hageman's 17 points, while Leah Pomante added 12. Orell also had seven rebounds in the game.

The Cobbers will return home to open play in the MIAC on Nov. 28 when they play at St. Ben's at 7:30 p.m. The game can be heard live on the internet by clicking on the Cobber athletics website.