2007-08 Women's Basketball - Game Recaps

Concordia sophomore Anna Matetich eyes the basket before going up for two of her career-high 17 points in the Cobbers' 76-52 win over St. Olaf on Monday. Matetich was 3-for-3 from 3-point range and helped CC shoot 54.5% from behind the arc.
There's No Place Like Home...!


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

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

MIAC Website: MIAC Women's Basketball

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Gameday Program:

Complete Gameday Program vs. St. Olaf (pdf)

Gameday Rewind:

Picture Gallery: Concordia vs. St. Olaf Picture Gallery - Now Online!

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

Gameday Game Recap:

MOORHEAD, Minn. (12/03/07)-- Concordia clicked their heels three times and continually repeated "there's no place like home, there's no place like home," as they pressured St. Olaf all over the court and came away with a 76-52 win over the Oles. The victory is the first of the year for the Cobbers after spending the first three weeks of the season playing four games on the road.

At first it looked as if St. Olaf (1-4/0-2 MIAC) was going to spoil the homecoming for Concordia (1-4/1-2 MIAC). The Oles raced to a 5-0 lead to start the game and continued to lead at 17-14 midway through the opening half. The 3-point lead at the 10:16 mark would be the last time St. Olaf would hold a lead in the game. The Cobbers went on a 15-0 run in the next five minutes to grab the game squarely by the throat. Sophomore guard Anna Matetich led the charge for the fired up Cobbers. Matetich knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and another field goal in the decisive five-minute span and helped CC establish a 29-14 lead with just over five minutes left in the opening period.

From there, Concordia was content to trade baskets until halftime and went into the break with a 35-22 lead. The second half was spent making sure that the Cobbers wouldn't fall victim to a second-half run by their opponents. In two of the previous three games, CC let a solid first-half performance go down the drain by allowing a big run in the second period. On Monday, the Cobbers made sure there would be no second-half slippage. Concordia came out of the locker room and went on a 9-4 run to start the half. From there, the Cobbers kept St. Olaf at arms length, never letting the Oles get closer than 11 points.

When St. Olaf did make their run in the second half, CC shut the door by countering with an 18-5 spurt to push the lead to over 20 points at 67-43 with less than seven minutes remaining.

In the end, Matetich led Concordia with a career-high 17 points. She went 3-for-3 from behind the arc and connected on eight of the 12 shots she put up. She was the trigger person for a Cobber team that shot 54.5% (6-for-11) from 3-point range and 42.4% (25-of-59) from the floor. Concordia also shot 17 more free throws than the Oles in the game. CC went 20-for-29 (69.0%) from the line. Melanie Hageman and Jenna Freudenberg added 13 points each. Hageman went 9-for-10 from the free throw line to account for the majority of her points and Freudenberg was 6-for-10 from the floor. Freshman guard Lindsey Schultz hauled down a team-high seven rebounds and added seven points.

St. Olaf was never able to find a shooting rhythm the entire game and shot 36.5% (19-for-52) from the field and a mere 20.0% (4-of-20) from 3-point range for the game. The Oles were led by Elyse Erickson who had game highs in points and rebounds. Erickson finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds to record her second double-double of the season. She has also scored in double figures in all five of the team's games this season.

Concordia will finish off MIAC play for the 2007 calendar year when they host St. Kate's on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. The game will feature live video, live audio and live statistics. All three features can be accessed for free on the Concordia athletics website.