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Gameday Game Recap:
MOORHEAD, Minn. (1/09/08)-- It wouldn't be a Concordia/Gustavus game in Moorhead without the outcome being determined in the final seconds of play. Such was the case on Wednesday as the Cobbers held off a pressing Gustie squad to claim a 64-60 victory. The win is the sixth straight for CC. They are now 6-4 overall and 5-2 in MIAC play. The win also jumps the Cobbers into third place in the MIAC standings. Gustavus falls for the fourth time in the past five games and slides to 5-5 overall and 4-3 in the MIAC.
The game went down to the final minute of play. With Concordia holding onto a one-point lead at 61-60, Gustavus regained possession of the ball after a Cobber turnover with :37 seconds to play. The Gusties called timeout and then ran a play for All-Conference guard Jess Vadnais. Vadnais' shot barely missed and Concordia senior Melanie Hageman was able to grab the rebound with :20 seconds remaining. Hageman was fouled immediately and then proceeded to sink both foul shots. GAC then raced then ball upcourt and called another timeout. Vadnais' number was called again and her 3-point attempt fell short with :03 seconds on the clock. CC guard Sara Sorbo came away with the ensuing rebound and sank one free throw after she was fouled to bring the final score to 64-60.
INDIVIDUAL STAT RECAP
Hageman had a team-high 14 points for Concordia. She scored 12 of those points in the second half after being held to just two points in the opening 20 minutes. For Hageman it is the sixth time she has led the team in scoring this year. She has also scored in double figures in all 10 games for CC. Hageman contributed a game-high eight rebounds as well against the Gusties. She was the only Concordia player in double figures for the game. However, the Cobbers did have nine players score at least three points in the game. Sorbo finished with nine points and five rebounds.
Freshman Molly Mathiowetz led all scorers with a career-high 17 points for Gustavus. She was 6-for-8 from the floor and 5-for-6 from the free throw line. She also had a game-high five steals. Mathiowetz was one of three GAC players with 10 or more points. She was joined by Vadnais who had 13 points and Brianna Radtke who added 10. Julia Schultz matched Hageman in rebounds with eight.
TEAM STAT RECAP
The biggest statistical standouts for the game came in turnovers, points in the paint and 3-point field goals. The constant second-half press by Gustavus forced Concordia into a season-high 28 turnovers. The Gusties also held a decisive edge in points in the paint, outscoring CC 32-18. The turnovers and inside points were offset by Concordia's increasing ability to knock down the long-range shot. The Cobbers went 8-for-17 (47.1%) from 3-point range as opposed to only 3-for-13 (23.1%) for the Gusties. CC had five different players make shots from behind the arc. Sorbo, Kaitlynn Gottenborg and Maggie Bauernfiend all made two 3-point baskets in the game.
For the 40 minutes of play Concordia shot 44.9% (22-for-49) from the floor and 80.0% (12-for-15) from the free throw line. They also had a 37-30 advantage in rebounds. Gustavus shot 36.2% (21-for-58) from the field and 71.4% (15-for-21) from the free throw line. The Gusties were also the recipients of a 24-14 edge in fouls called.
- Concordia has now won six straight games. It marks the fourth time in the past five seasons the Cobbers have had at least a six-game winning streak. Last year CC 's top winning streak was five games.
- The Cobbers are now 47-13 lifetime against Gustavus.
- Concordia is 5-0 at home this season and 37-7 over the past three-plus seasons at Memorial Auditorium.
- The 64 points against Gustavus marks the first time in the past eight games that Concordia has been held under 70 points.
- CC made a season-high eight 3-point field goals against Gustavus. It is the most since they had nine against St. Kate's on Dec. 9, 2006. Concordia has made at least one 3-point field goal in their last 202 games. The last time CC was held without a 3-point basket was against St. Ben's on Jan. 29, 2000 (0-for-8).
- The 28 turnovers by the Cobbers is a season high and most since they also committed 28 miscues in the first game of the 2005-06 season against Redlands (Calif.).
- The 17 assists in the game ties a season high for CC. They also had 17 assists against St. Kate's.
- With her 14 points against the Gusties, Melanie Hageman has now scored in double figures in all ten games this season and in 23 consecutive games. She has at least 10 points in 70 of the 89 games she has played in her career.
- Hageman has scored 1,351 points in her career and is now fifth on the school's all-time scoring chart. Against Gustavus she passed current St. Mary's head coach Mandy Pearson who scored 1,346 points in her career. Next up is Nancy Halda who scored 1,504 points from 1978-82.
- Sara Sorbo went 2-for-3 from 3-point range to up her league-leading 3-point percentage to 48.1%.
- With the loss, Gustavus falls to 5-5/4-3 MIAC. The Gusties have now lost four of their last five games.
- The Gusties were outrebounded 37-30 in the game and have now been outrebounded in 17 of their past 18 games.
- Gustavus guard Jess Vadnais was held to 13 points in the game - six points below her 19.1 point per game average. It is her third lowest scoring output of the season.
- With her 13 points, Vadnais now need needs 38 points to break the school record of 1,466 set by Bri Monahan last season.
had only one 3-point basket in the game and now needs two 3-point baskets to become the career three-point leader at Gustavus ahead of Angie Peterson who holds the current
mark of 176 3-point shots.
- Molly Mathiowetz had a career-high 17 points in the game. Her previous career high was 16 against Bethel on Dec. 3, 2007.