2007-08 Women's Basketball - Game Recaps

Concordia sophomore guard Sara Sorbo gets met in the lane during the first half of the Cobbers' battle with Carleton on Saturday.
So Close, Yet...


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10-6/9-4 MIAC


10-6/9-4 MIAC


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Series History: Concordia/Carleton Series History

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MOORHEAD, Minn. (1/26/08)-- It was another Concordia/Carleton nail-biter as the top rivals battled until the very end of the game before the Cobbers' game-winning 3-point attempt fell short to give the Knights a 75-73 win in Moorhead on Saturday. The two teams have now had three games, the last four times they have met, be decided by two or fewer points. Last year both games in the series were determined by a single point.

The loss is made even more bitter for the Cobbers by the fact that league-leading St. Thomas lost on Saturday and a win would have pushed CC into a three-way tie atop the league standings. With the loss, Concordia is now 9-4 in the MIAC and in a three-way tie for third place with Carleton and Gustavus. All three teams have identical 10-6 overall records.

The game went back-and-forth throughout the entire first half and for the first 16 minutes of the second period. In the first period neither team was able to hold more than a six-point lead and the game was tied five times during the opening 20 minutes of play. CC took a six-pointlead with 3:20 remaining in the half and then watched as Carleton went on a 7-1 run to tie the score at 28-28. A free throw by Cobber guard Jenna Freudenberg in the waning seconds gave Concordia a 29-28 lead heading into the second half.

The Knights pressed the issue at the start of the second half, scoring the first five points of the period to take a four-point lead. That scenario would play out for almost the entire half as Carleton would sprint to a lead and then CC would counter and reel the Knights back in.

In the final eight minutes of play, the Cobbers held a one-point lead at 52-51 but were outscored 14-4 over the next four minutes as Carleton took the biggest lead of the game at 65-56.

Just when it looked like the game would be out of reach, CC guard Kaitlynn Gottenborg started to connect on timely 3-point baskets and the Cobbers were able to whittle the lead to two points when Melanie Hageman made a layup with 16 seconds remaining.

Sarah Kunelius would hit a pair of free throws for the Knights, but then Maggie Bauernfiend banked in a 3-point attempt and CC was within one at 74-73 with :04 seconds to play. One more made free throw by Carleton set the stage for a last-chance long-range shot to win the game for Concordia. However, the shot fell short and CC was handed its first home loss of the season.


Concordia will now play three straight road games and finish the MIAC regular season by playing six of their final nine games on the road. CC has remaining home games against Hamline, St. Thomas and St. Mary’s, which means the fate of the Cobber postseason situation will be determined away from Moorhead. Concordia will play at St. Olaf on Wednesday, Jan. 30 to start the road odyssey.


Gottenborg led all players with a career-high 20 points. She made six 3-point field goals and went 6-for-10 from outside the arc. Hageman finished with 19 points to go along with five rebounds. Freshman guard Lindsey Schultz added eight points, a game-high six rebounds and two steals. Bauernfiend connected on three 3-point field goals and finished with nine points. Freudenberg posted six assists in the loss.

Carleton had four players score in double figures. Sarah Lincoln and Amber Connor started the game and posted 10-plus points and Ally Weaver and Kunelius came off the bench to duplicate the feat. Lincoln had a team-high 15 points and Connor had 13. Weaver knocked down a pair of long-range shots and had 10 points, while Kunelius was 4-for-7 from the floor and had 15 points.


Concordia shot 50.0% (26-for-52) from the field and 52.6% (10-for-19) from behind the arc. CC went 11 for-14 (78.6%) from the free throw line. The Cobbers held a 28-20 edge in points scored in the paint in the game.

The Knights were just a little hotter shooting the ball on the day. Carleton connected on 56.8% (25-for-44) of their shots from the floor and 58.3% (7-for-12) from 3-point range. They attempted eight more free throws and shot 81.8% (18-for-22) from the line. The Knights edged CC in rebounding 21-20.