2007-08 Women's Basketball - Game Recaps

Cobber sophomore Sara Sorbo fights for a loose ball during Concordia's 49-34 win over St. Ben's on Wednesday. The 34 points scored by the Blazers is the fewest points scored by CSB in a single game in the series with CC.
A Win Is A Win!

 

Gameday Scoreboard:

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Final

11-4/9-3 MIAC

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34

10-5/9-3 MIAC

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49

Game Stats: Concordia vs. St. Ben's Box Score - Now Online!


Gameday Menu:

Pregame Notes: Concordia/St. Ben's Pregame Notes (word)

Series History: Concordia/St. Ben's Series History

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

MIAC Website: MIAC Women's Basketball


Gameday Rewind:

Live Video/Audio: Concordia vs. St. Ben's Live Video/Audio

Live Stats: Concordia vs. St. Ben's Live Stats


Gameday Preview:

Gameday Program:

Complete Gameday Program vs. St. Ben's (pdf)


Gameday Rewind:

Picture Gallery: Concordia vs. St. Ben's Picture Gallery - Now Online!

Game Stats: Concordia vs. St. Ben's Box Score - Now Online!


Gameday Game Recap:

GAME STORY

MOORHEAD, Minn. (1/23/08)-- The temperature outside Memorial Auditorium on Wednesday was -9 degrees, the temperature inside Memorial Auditorium wasn't very much warmer as Concordia and St. Ben's combined to shoot 7.1% (2-for-28) from 3-point range in a 49-34 Cobber victory. The 34 points scored by St. Ben's is the fewest by either team in the 55-game history of the series.

With the not-so-pretty win, Concordia wins for the 10th time in the past 11 games. The Cobbers are now 10-5 overall and 9-3 in MIAC play. They are currently tied for second place with the Blazers. The loss ends an eight-game winning streak for St. Ben's. CSB falls to 11-4 overall and 9-3 in the MIAC.

The game didn't start out in the deep freeze; it only went ice cold throughout the first half of play. After the teams score eight points in the first two-and-a-half minutes of play, and with the score ties at 4-4, St. Ben's would score only four more points over the next 12 minutes. During that stretch, CC went on an 18-4 run to take a 22-8 lead with just over five minutes to play in the half. Over the last five minutes of the first period, Concordia outscored St. Ben's 6-5 to take a 28-15 lead into the break.

In the first half, Concordia shot 27.6% (8-for-29) from the floor and St. Ben's connected on just 23.8% of their shots (5-for-21). CC was 1-for-4 from 3-point range, while the Blazers failed to connect on shot from behind the arc and went 0-for-5.

You wouldn't think the ice fest could get worst. You would be wrong. Over the first 9:47 of the second half, the Blazers failed to score a single point and went 0-for-15 from the floor. The Cobbers managed to turn a 13-point halftime lead into a 23-pont margin just before the end of the first half of the second period.

Leading 38-15, Concordia was able to hold off a mini charge from the Blazers. CSB started to find the range in the final minutes of the game and cut the lead all the way down to 12 points at 44-32 with just over two minutes to play. The Cobber defense once again stepped up the pressure and held the Blazers to only  two points in the final two minutes of play to cement CC's 49-34 win.

UP NEXT

Tonight’s game marks the end of the three-games in five days stretch. After tonight, CC will host another pivotal MIAC game on Saturday when they square off against Carleton at 1 p.m. From there they will play three straight road games. They will play at St. Olaf on Jan. 30, at Macalester on Feb. 2 and then at St. Kate’s on
Feb. 4.

INDIVIDUAL STAT RECAP

Only three players in the game scored more than seven points. Concordia had a pair of players in double figures in points, while St. Ben's managed to have just one player witin double-digits. Overall, CSB had only five of the 14 players that played in the game score points. The Cobbers had eight players with at least two points in the game.

Melanie Hageman led all scorers with 15 points and all players with nine rebounds. She was only 4-of-15 (26.7%) from the floor but countered with a 7-for-8 performance at the free throw line. Junior guard Jenna Freudenberg had 10 points and five rebounds.

St. Ben's was led by freshman Danielle Frank. Frank was 5-for-8 from the floor and finished with 12 points. She also had a team-high eight rebounds. Ariel Tauer had a game-high four assists in the losing effort.

TEAM STAT RECAP

Concordia finished the game by shooting 30.8% (16-for-52) from the floor and 12.5% (1-for-8) from 3-point range. The one 3-point field goal helps the Cobbers keep their 3-point field goal streak alive. CC has made at least one 3-point field goal in their last 207 games. The last time Concordia was held without a 3-point basket was against St. Ben's on Jan. 29, 2000 (0-for-8). The Cobbers continued to improve on their free throw shooting percentage. Led by Hageman's effort, CC shot 88.9% (16-for-18) from the line.

St. Ben's was an arctic 25.5% (13-for-51) from the floor and shot an Antarctic 5.0% (1-for-20) from behind the arc. They were 7-for-9 (77.8%) from the free throw line.

Concordia held a massive 43-26 advantage in rebounding. The 17-rebound margin is the most of the season for the Cobbers and most since they outrebounded Augsburg by 30 on Feb. 14, 2007.

CC also turned that inside advantage into a 26-18 edge in points in the paint and a 12-6 margin in second chance points.


POSTGAME NOTES
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With their 49-34 win over St. Ben's, Concordia is 10-5/9-3 MIAC and is now tied for second place in the conference standings.

- The Cobbers' 10 overall wins on the year marks the 33rd straight season CC has posted double-digit win totals.

- The Cobbers have now won 10 of their past 11 games.

- The Cobbers are now 33-22 lifetime against St. Ben’s.

- The win snapped a three-game losing streak at the hands of the Blazers. The win also gives the Cobbers a split in the season series. St. Ben’s won 79-71 win earlier this year.

- Concordia is now 12-11 at home against St. Ben’s in the past 23 games played in Memorial Auditorium. CC is 4-2 against the Blazers in the last six games played in Moorhead.

- Concordia is 8-0 at home this season. The Cobbers are and 40-7 over the past three-plus seasons at Memorial Auditorium.

- The 34 points scored by St. Ben's represents the fewest points allowed by CC this season and fewest since they allowed 29 against St. Kate's on Dec. 1, 1984.

- The 34 points scored by St. Ben's is the fewest points scored by a single team in a single game in the 54-game history of the CC/CSB series (previous low was 38 - CSB in 1980 in series opener)

- The 49 points scored by CC is the fewest scored this season. It also represents the lowest winning point total in a single game since the Cobbers beat Gustavus 49-46 last season.

- With their lone 3-point basket against the Blazers, Concordia has now made at least one 3-point field goal in their last 207 games. The last time CC was held without a 3-point basket was against St. Ben's on Jan. 29, 2000 (0-for-8).

- With her 15 points in the game against CSB, Melanie Hageman has scored in double figures in all 15 games this season and in 28 consecutive games. She has at least 10 points in 75 of the 94 games she has played in her career.

- Hageman has scored 1,443 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. With her nine rebounds she surpasses the 600-career rebound mark. She now has 604 career rebounds. Next up is Patty Kubow who had 650 from 1985-89.

- Concordia is now 2-2 in games played on Wednesday this year.

- The Cobbers are now 8-1 when leading at the half.

- It is only the fifth time this season that Concordia has held their opponent under 40.0% shooting percentage from the field. CC is now 4-1 in those games.