2007-08 Women's Basketball - Game Recaps

Cobber freshman Erica Nord gets ready to take the ball to the basket in the Cobbers' 75-71 loss at St. Thomas. The Cobbers trailed by ten with 2:00 minutes to play and trimmed the lead to two points in the final seconds but ended up losing 75-71. (Photo courtesy of Kim Hagemeyer)

Frantic Final Flourish Falls Short!

 

Gameday Scoreboard:

Team
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Final

7-5/6-3 MIAC

25
46
71

9-3/8-1 MIAC

36
39
75

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


Gameday Menu:

Pregame Notes: Concordia/St. Thomas Pregame Notes (word)

Series History: Concordia/St. Thomas Series History

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

MIAC Website: MIAC Women's Basketball


Gameday Rewind:

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

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


Gameday Game Recap:

GAME STORY

MOORHEAD, Minn. (1/16/08)-- With 2:00 to play against league-leading St. Thomas it appeared that Concordia was all but relegated to having their seven-game winning streak come to an end. However, a frantic finish in the final minute of play brought the Cobbers to within two points at 73-71 before the Tommies sank a pair of free throws to finally put the game away with a 75-71 win.

Concordia falls for the first time in the past eight games and is now 7-5 overall and 6-3 in the MIAC. The Cobbers miss the chance to pull even within UST and are now a full two games behind the Tommies. With the win, St. Thomas moves to 9-3 overall and 8-1 in conference play.

St. Thomas held a double-digit lead for most of the game. After the Cobbers broke the game open with the first three points of the game, the Tommies slowly built up a lead and had a double-digit margin at the 6:40 mark of the first half. CC got to within six with 3:24 to play in the opening period but then St. Thomas countered with a 5-0 run to end the half and took an 11-point lead at 36-25 into the break.

The second half was more of the same as Concordia spurted early, but the UST matched the initial outbreak and regained a 10-point lead with 12:28 to play in the game. St. Thomas pushed the lead to as many as 16 with just over six minutes to play. The lead held tight around 10 points until the final two minutes of the game when Concordia broke free to go on a 12-4 streak to get to within two and set the stage for the last second dramatics.

In the final minute of play, St. Thomas sophomore Sheena Porter-Wrzos made six straight free throw attempts to seal the win for the Tommies.

UP NEXT

Concordia returns home to play Augsburg on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 1 p.m. and will finish off the first half of the MIAC regular season by playing at St. Mary's on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 1 p.m.

INDIVIDUAL STAT RECAP

Melanie Hageman led the Cobbers in scoring for the fifth straight game. She finished with 16 points after being held to only two points in the first half of play. She went 3-for-4 from the field and 8-for-10 from the line in the second half and also came away with seven rebounds in the game. Jenna Freudenberg had a career-high nine rebounds. She also added 10 points, missing her first career double-double by a single rebound. Sophomore Anna Matetich was the third member of the starting five in double figures in scoring. She had 13 points and was 3-for-6 from 3-point range before fouling out late in the second half. Erica Nord had the biggest all-around game. She finished with a team-high five assists, seven rebounds and added six points.

St. Thomas was led by fastpitch softball pitcher Carrie Embree. The super senior had 16 points to go along with 10 rebounds to post her fourth double-double of the season. She was one of three Tommie players in double figures. Porter-Wrzos used the six free throws in the final minute of play to come away with 13 points. Jessica Katch made two clutch baskets late in the game and added 12 points.

TEAM STAT RECAP

Concordia was held to 39.1% (25-for-64) from the field for the game marking only the second time in their nine league games they have shot under 40.0%. The Cobbers also put up a season-high 26 3-point field goal attempts. CC was 8-for-26 (30.8%) from behind the arc for the game. One of the problem areas for Concordia came at the free throw line where they shot only 61.9% (13-for-21). The Cobbers held a 42-36 edge in rebounds. The 42 rebounds ties a season high for Concordia.

St. Thomas shot 47.5% (29-for-61) from the floor and 40.0% (4-for-10) from 3-point range. The 10 3-point attempts represent the second fewest for the Tommies all season long. Unlike the Cobbers, UST was very proficient from the foul line. St. Thomas shot 86.7% (13-for-15) from the line in the game. The Tommies also held a 34-28 lead in points scored in the paint.

POSTGAME NOTES

  • In their 75-70 loss at St. Thomas, Concordia had their seven-game winning streak stopped. The seven-game streak matched the seven-game success they had in 2005-06.
  • The Cobbers are now 30-32 lifetime against St. Thomas. CC has now lost two straight to the Tommies.
  • Concordia is now 3-7 against UST in their last 10 games at St. Thomas.
  • Concordia is now 1-4 away from home this season. The Cobbers are 1-3 on the road in MIAC games.
  • In the loss to UST, Concordia made eight 3-point field goals. Concordia has now made at least one 3-point field goal in their last 204 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 Cobbers were 8-for-26 from 3-point range against UST. The 26 3-point field goal attempts are the most of the season and most since they hoisted up 29 vs. Hamline on Jan. 6, 2007
  • The eight made 3-point field goals ties a season high. They also made eight shots from behind the arc against Gustavus.
  • CC had 42 rebounds vs. UST. That ties a season high. They also had 42 recbounds at Hamline.
  • The Cobbers shot 39.1% against St. Thomas. It is only the second time in conference play they have shot under 40.0% (Hamline - 36.4).
  • With her 16 points against St. Thomas Melanie Hageman has now scored in double figures in all 12 games this season and in 25 consecutive games. She has at least 10 points in 72 of the 91 games she has played in her career.
  • Hageman now has scored 1,392 points in her career and is fifth on the school's all-time scoring chart. Next up is Nancy Halda who scored 1,504 points from 1978-82.
  • Hageman is also 11th on the school's all-time rebounding chart. She pulled down seven rebounds vs. UST and now has 578 rebounds. Next up is Patty Kubow who had 650 from 1985-89.
  • Jenna Freudenberg had a career-high nine rebounds against the Tommies . Her previous high was eight against Hamline earlier in the year.
  • Freudenberg also had 10 points marking the fifth time this season she has scored in double figures.
  • CC sophomore Anna Matetich had 13 points in the game and has posted back-to-back double-digit scoring games for the first time in her career.
  • Freshman Erica Nord had six points, seven rebounds and five assists marking the first time all season that she has had at least five rebounds, assists and points in a game. She becomes the second Cobber player to achieve that feat this year (Sara Sorbo vs. St. Kate's - 7 pts. - 5 reb. - 8 asst.)
  • For Nord it is the second time in the last three games she has had at least four points, rebounds and assists in a game.