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Gameday Game Recap:
MOORHEAD, Minn. (1/12/08)-- The speed and stamina of Concordia eventually wore down the size and strength of Bethel as the Cobbers rallied to post a 92-72 win over the Royals in Moorhead on Saturday. Concordia fell behind by as many as 11 points in the game before outscoring Bethel 53-28 in the second half to claim their seventh straight win. The win pushes CC's record to 7-4 overall and 6-2 in the MIAC. The Cobbers are now tied for second place in the league standings.
The 20-point loss is the worst of the season for Bethel and most since they lost by 26 at St. Ben's on Jan. 31 of last season. The Royals fall for the third time in the past four games and slides to 6-5 overall and 3-5 in the conference.
Bethel used their superior overall size in the first half to lead for the entire 20 minutes. The Royals pushed their lead to 11 points just seven minutes into the game. BU would have an 11-point lead on one other occasion in the first period. Bethel claimed a 38-27 margin win a little over three minutes to play in the first half. Concordia then used their conditioning level to cut the lead to five points at the break by finishing off the period with a 12-6 run.
The second half was all Concordia as they shot 60.5% (23-for-38) from the floor and held a 38-4 margin in points in the paint. The Cobbers raced up and down the court to force odd-man rushes and get Bethel out of position on the defensive end.
Concordia took their first lead of the game at 14:18 mark after outscoring BU 16-10 in the first six minutes of play. After the teams traded baskets, the Cobbers went on a 14-3 run over the next five minutes to seize control of the game.
The Royals hit the wall in the final 10 minutes of play and had no gas left in the tank to answer Concordia's second-half run. In the end, Concordia continually pulled away to post the 20-point win. The 92 points scored by the Cobbers is the most of the season and most since they scored 93 points in a 93-62 win over Hamline on Feb. 19, 2005.
Concordia will travel to St. Paul to take on St. Thomas on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 5:45 p.m. The game is a matchup between the top two teams in the conference. The Tommies are currently 7-1 in the MIAC and have won five straight games. The Cobbers will then return home to play Augsburg on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 1 p.m.
INDIVIDUAL STAT RECAP
Melanie Hageman led all scorers with 24 points for the Cobbers. Hageman struggled in the first half and scored nine points on 3-of-9 shooting from the field. She was continually harassed in the low post. In the second half, Hageman broke free from her defenders and went 7-for-9 from the floor and scored 16 points. Hageman also had a team-high eight rebounds. Anna Matetich played her best game of the season right when the Cobbers needed it most. Her seven points in the first half kept CC close and she finished with a season-high 17 points. Maggie Bauernfiend came off the bench to score 11 points. The outside shooting marksman was 4-of-9 from the field. Jenna Freudenberg had a career-high eight assists in the game. She also added eight points and two rebounds.
Bethel was led by center Annegret Nautsch. Nautsch had a team-high 16 points to go along with 14 rebounds. It is the seventh double-double of the season for Nautsch. Kiersten Hansen was 5-for-8 from the floor and added a season-high 13 points. Alexa Grones had six assists but was forced into eight turnovers.
TEAM STAT RECAP
Concordia finished the game by shooting 52.2% (36-for-67) from the floor. They also shot 50.0% (5-for-10) from 3-point range and 81.0% (17-for-21) from the free throw line. The Cobbers forced Bethel into 23 turnovers and came away with 17 steals in the game. It is the most steals of the season and most since they also had 17 against Macalester on Jan. 3, 2007. Concordia also turned those 23 turnovers into a 27-19 edge in points off of miscues.
Bethel shot 54.3% (19-for-35) from the floor in the first half but was then held to 27.3% (6-for-22) in the second half and finished the game with a 43.9% (25-for-57) shooting percentage from the field. BU also shot a mere 21.1% (4-for-19) from 3-point range and 78.3% (18-for-23) from the line. The Royals held a 31-30 edge in rebounding.
- Concordia has won seven straight games. It marks the fourth time in the past five seasons the Cobbers have had at least a seven-game winning streak. The last time Concordia had a seven-game winning streak was back in 2005-06.
- The Cobbers are now 44-11 lifetime against Bethel.
- The 92 points scored by the Cobbers is the most of the season and most since they scored 93 points in a 93-62 win over Hamline on Feb. 19, 2005.
- Concordia is 6-0 at home this season and 38-7 over the past three-plus seasons at Memorial Auditorium.
- CC had five 3-point field goals against Bethel. Concordia has made at least one 3-point field goal in their last 203 games. The last time CC was held without a 3-point basket was against St. Ben's on Jan. 29, 2000 (0-for-8).
- Concordia shot 52.2% from the field for the game. CC has only shot under 40.0% from the field in one conference game this season (Hamline - 36.4). They have shot over 44.0% in five of their eight MIAC games.
- The Cobbers shot 50.0% from 3-point range vs. Bethel . It is only the second time this season they have connected on 50.0% or better from behind the arc (54.5% vs. St. Olaf).
- Melanie Hageman had a game-high 25 points against Bethel. It is the fourth consecutive time she has led the team in scoring and seventh time in the team's 11 games this season she has had a team-high in points.
- Hageman has scored in double figures in all 11 games this season and in 24 consecutive games. She has at least 10 points in 71 of the 90 games she has played in her career.
- Hageman has scored 1,376 points in her career and is now fifth on the school's all-time scoring chart. Next up is Nancy Halda who scored 1,504 points from 1978-82.
- Hageman had a team-high eight rebounds. She has led the team in the last two games and in seven of the team's 11 games this year.
- Hageman is also 11th on the school's all-time rebounding chart. She now has 571 career rebounds. Next up is Patty Kubow who had 650 from 1985-89.
- Anna Matetich tied a career-high in points with 17. She also had 17 points against St. Olaf this season.
- Jenna Freudenberg had a career-high eight assists. her previous high was seven in her freshman season against St. Kate's on Feb. 6, 2006.
- Bethel loses for the third time in the last four games. They are now 6-5/3-5 MIAC.
- The 20-point loss for the Royals is the worst loss of the season. The previous biggest defeat was eight against St. Thomas. It is the worst defeat since the Royals lost by 26 at St. Ben's on Jan. 31, 2007.
- Annegret Nautsch had a team-high 16 points . It is the sixth time this season she has led the team in scoring.
- Nautsch also had a game-high 14 rebounds. It is the ninth time in the team's 11 games she has led the team in rebounding.
- It is the seventh double-double of the season for Nautsch.
- Kiersten Hansen had a season-high 13 points.