2007-08 Women's Basketball - Game Recaps

Concordia begins MIAC conference play on Tuesday when they play at St. Ben's at 7:30 p.m. The Cobbers are picked fourth in the MIAC coaches' preseason poll, while the Blazers are the preseason pick to win it all.
Cobbers Fall in MIAC Season Opener!


Gameday Scoreboard:


Game Stats: Concordia vs. St. Ben's Box Score - Now Online!

Opponent's Website: St. Ben's Women's Basketball

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Gameday Rewind:

Game Stats: Concordia vs. St. Ben's Box Score - Now Online!

Gameday Game Recap:

ST. JOSEPH, Minn. (11/28/07)-- Despite a season-high 20 points from senior Melanie Hageman, Concordia fell 79-71 to St. Ben's in St. Joseph on Wednesday. The Cobbers were outscored 23-15 from the free throw line as the Blazers made 23 of their 26 attempts from the free throw line.

The game was the conference opener for both teams. CC has now lost to the Blazers in each of the past four seasons the two teams have started MIAC play against one another. The loss also keeps the Cobbers without a win on the year as they fall to 0-3. CSB is now 2-1 on the year and has now won two straight after dropping their season opener against Wartburg.

Concordia came out in the first half and used their team speed and pressure defense to take a 15-8 lead midway through the opening period. The Blazers then reeled the Cobbers in during the next three minutes of play, outscoring CC 13-4 during the stretch to take a 21-19 lead. Concordia then countered by scoring the next four points to retake the lead at 23-21. From there, it would be all Blazers as they went on a 13-2 run to push the score to 34-25 with less than one minute to play in the first half. The Cobbers scored the final four points in the period to trail by six at 34-29 heading into the break.

CC was never able to make any significant runs during the second half. They got as close as four points at 43-39 at the 14:58 mark, but then the Blazers went on a 16-3 run to lock the game up and push the lead to 17 points at 59-42 with 9:05 left in the second period.

The second half turned into a shootaround for St. Ben's as they shot 64.0% (16-of-25) from the floor, 100% (3-of-3) from 3-point range and 83.3 (10-of-12) from the free throw line. They only missed 11 of their 40 total shots in the final 20 minutes of play.

Concordia had two more 3-point baskets in the game than the Blazers and only one less field goal but were done in by their eight fewer free throw conversions.

Hageman posted her first 20-point scoring game of the season. She finished with a game-high 20 points to go along with a game-high six rebounds. Hageman has scored in double figures in all three games for CC this season and has a streak of 16 consecutive games scoring in double figures. The last time she was held under 10 points was back on Jan. 17 against St. Mary's.

Hageman was one of three CC players with more than nine points in the game. Sophomore guards Anna Matetich and Kaitlynn Gottenborg combined for 26 points. Matetich went 6-for-10 from the field and 2-for-4 from 3-point range and had 14 points. Gottenborg was 3-for-4 from behind the arc and added 12 points. Freshman Lindsey Schultz came off the bench to score five points and add five rebounds.

St. Ben's had four players in double figures. The Blazers were led by the tandem of Mindy Schmidt and Joelle Waytashek. Both players had 16 points in the game. Schmidt was a perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line and the freshman Waytashek came off the bench to knock down a pair of 3-point baskets and finish 6-for-9 from the field.

As a team, Concordia shot 43.9% (25-of-57) from the field and 42.9% (6-of-14) from 3-point range. The Blazers shot 52.0% (26-for-50) from the floor and 44.4% (4-for-9) from behind the arc. CSB held a slim 26-24 rebounding margin. One of the biggest differences in the scoresheet came from the bench scoring category. Led by Waytashek's 16 points, the Blazer bench outscored the Concordia reserves 34-10.

Concordia will go looking for its first win of the year when they play at Carleton on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. The game can be heard live on the internet via the Cobber athletics website.