2007-08 Women's Basketball - Game Recaps

Concordia freshmen Ashley Grabowski (L) and Lindsey Schultz pressure the ball during the Cobbers' 61-50 win over Macalester on Saturday. The Cobbers are now 12-6 overall and 11-4 in the MIAC. (Photo courtesy of Kim Hagemeyer)

Defense Keys Cobber Win!


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12-6/11-4 MIAC


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Series History: Concordia/Macalester Series History

Opponent's Website: Macalester Women's Basketball

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

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (2/02/08)-- Concordia used their tough pressure defense to hold Macalester to 50 points en route to a 61-50 win over the Scots in St. Paul on Saturday. The Cobbers scored four points in the final 15 seconds of play in the first half to push their overall record to 12-6 on the season. CC stays in the race for the MIAC regular-season title. Concordia is now 11-4 in conference play, only one game behind league leaders St. Thomas and St. Ben's. Macalester falls to 7-11 overall and 6-9 in the MIAC.

The Cobbers trailed only once in the game and that was for only 1:42 midway through the first half. After they fell behind 9-7 at the 12:17 mark, CC went on a 10-2 run to take an eight-point lead at 17-11 with 7:17 to play in the first period. Perhaps the biggest 15 seconds of the game came right at the end of the first half when Concordia turned a three-point lead into a seven-point advantage heading into the break. The four-point surge came courtesy of a pair of steals. Freshman Maggie Bauernfeind claimed the first theft and turned it onto a layup. On the ensuing inbounds play, Ashley King stepped into the passing lane, picked off the ball and layed it into the basket to complete the four-point play.

The CC perimeter defense held Macalester in check in the first half. The Scots did not make a single basket from behind the arc and were limited to only four shots from 3-point range.

In the second half Concordia was content to keep the Scots at arms length. The Cobbers quickly turned the seven-point halftime lead into an 11-point lead less than three minutes into the final period. From there, the Cobbers would not let Macalester get within eight points. The largest lead of the game came with 1:28 to play when Melanie Hageman sank a pair of free throws to bring the margin to 14 at 57-43.


Concordia will play their second straight game at St. Kate's on Monday when they take on the Wildcats at 7:30 p.m. The Cobbers will then return home to play Hamline on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 5:45 p.m.


Hageman led all scorers for the Cobbers. She had 15 points in the second half and finished with a game-high 21 points. It is the sixth time this season she has scored at least 20 points in the game. Hageman also had eight rebounds in the game. Jenna Freudenberg scored all 10 of her points in the second half. She also added five assists in the game. Sophomore guard Sara Sorbo had seven rebounds in the game. Bauernfiend had nine points to go along with two assists and one big steal.

The Scots were led by sophomore Danielle Johnson who had 15 points - all of which came in the second half. Trina PaStarr and Ann Baltzer added 10 points each. The three starters combined to score 70.0% of the Scots' point total. PaStarr also had a team-high eight rebounds.


The Cobbers shot 41.8% (23-for-55) from the field and held Macalester under 40.0%. The Scots shot 38.8% (19-for-49) from the floor. Macalester rebounded in the second half from long range. They connected on 4-of-5 shots from 3-point range and finished the game at 44.4%. CC did most of their damage inside and was held to only a pair of 3-point baskets (2-for-10).  Concordia continues to pull away from opponents at the free throw line. CC made 86.7% (13-for-15) of their foul shots. They have shot better than 77.0% from the free throw line in the past six games.

The Cobbers also enjoyed a hefty 39-26 margin in rebounds. CC turned that advantage into a 38-24 edge in points in the paint. Concordia's pressure defense also forced 19 turnovers and parlayed that into a 21-9 margin in points off of turnovers.