2007-08 Women's Basketball - Game Recaps

Concordia seized control of the game by outscoring St. Kate's 46-29 in the second half en route to an 83-64 victory over the Wildcats on Saturday. With the win, CC evens their conference record at 2-2. They are now 2-4 overall.
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MOORHEAD, Minn. (12/08/07)-- Fans of MIAC women's basketball were a little surprised when Concordia started the season 0-4 with n 0-2 mark in conference play. Not to worry, a little home cooking and the Cobbers have quickly righted the ship by rattling off two straight wins and evening their league record at 2-2. The young Concordia team continued to improve on Saturday and withstood a first-half St. Kate's run to post an 84-63 win over the Wildcats in Moorhead.

The win is the second straight for the Cobbers who improve to 2-2 in the MIAC and 2-4 overall. CSC loses for the second straight game and drops to 2-4 overall and 1-3 in the MIAC.

The game was won underneath the basket for Concordia. CC was able to push the ball inside the lane throughout the game and finished with a 48-24 advantage in points in the paint. The beneficiary of most of the scoring down low was Cobber senior Melanie Hageman who came away with a season-highs in points and rebounds. Hageman had 27 points and 12 rebounds to record her first double-double of the season. The 27 point total is the fifth highest of her career and most since she hd 30 points against Bethel on Jan. 10, 2007.

St. Kate's was led by senior Rachel Berglund who had a team-high 18 points and went 4-for-6 from 3-point range. Berglund now has 979 career points and needs only 21 more to reach the 1,000-point mark for her career.

The game was a story of runs in the first half. The Cobbers went on a 16-0 run at the start of the game to turn a 5-5 tie game into a 21-5 runaway. The Wildcats then responded with an 18-0 run of their own to take a 23-21 lead with 8:14 left in the first half. To Concordia's credit, they were able to right the ship and stop the Wildcats from opening up a bigger lead. CC followed with a 10-2 run over the next three minutes to take a 31-25 lead.

That's when the trend of streaks ended. Concordia tightened their defense and was able to stop St. Kate's from making another big run. In the final five minutes of play, CSC outscored CC 9-7 and the Cobbers took a 38-34 lead into the break.

The Concordia pressure defense an up-tempo style of play caused problems for the Wildcats in the second half. The Cobbers wore down St. Kate's in the opening moments of play in the second period. CC outscored CSC 19-7 through the first half of the second stanza and was able to coast to the 21-point win in the final 10 minutes of play.

The Cobbers shot 47.0% (31-of-66) from the floor and 30.4% (7-of-23) from 3-point range. The 23 attempts from behind the arc represent the most 3-point field goals attempted this season and most since they hoisted up 29 attempts against Hamline on Jan. 6, 2007. CC also connected on 15 of their 18 (83.3%) free throw attempts.

St. Kate's went 25-for-57 (43.9%) from the field and 6-for-16 (37.5%) from 3-point range. The Wildcats shot only 12 free throws in the game. They went 7-for-12 (58.35).

Concordia outrebounded St. Kate's 39-29 in the game. CC also held a 14-7 edge in second- chance points. CSC turned the ball over 21 times as compared to only 16 for the Cobbers.

Besides Hageman's 27 points, Concordia had two other players with 14 or more points. Jenna Freudenberg had 17 points and has now scored in double figures in three straight games. She is currently second on the team in scoring with an 11.0 points per game average. Sophomore Kaitlynn Gottenborg put up seven 3-point attempts and finished with 14 points. Gottenborg also collected six rebounds - the second most on the team. Sara Sorbo had one of the best all-around games on the team. She had a career-high eight assists. She also scored seven points and came away with five rebounds.

Ashley Busch came off the bench to go 6-for-9 from the field and finish with 15 points. Chelsie Kurtenbach had a team-high nine rebounds to go along with seven points.

Concordia will now have a 21-day break for the Christmas holiday. The Cobbers will return to action on Saturday, Dec. 29 when they host Valley City State at 8 p.m. CC will get back in conference action on Jan. 5 when they host Macalester at 1 p.m.