2007-08 Women's Basketball - Game Recaps

Concordia sophomore Sara Sorbo plays defense in the Cobbers' 76-67 loss at Gustavus on Monday. The Cobbers are now 13-6 in the MIAC and tied for fourth place in the league standings. (Photo courtesy of Kim Hagemeyer)

Another Manic Monday!


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14-8/13-6 MIAC


15-7/14-5 MIAC


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

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MIAC Women's Basketball Notes: MIAC W. Basketball Weekly Release (pdf)

Series History: Concordia/Gustavus Series History

Opponent's Website: Gustavus Women's Basketball

MIAC Website: MIAC Women's Basketball

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Live Audio: Concordia vs. Gustavus Live Audio

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

Gameday Game Recap:


ST. PETER, Minn. (2/11/08)-- For the second straight Monday, Concordia went ice cold down the stretch and lost a key MIAC game. After leading Gustavus 62-59 with 4:00 to play, the Cobbers went 0-for-7 from the floor and lost 76-67 to the Gusties in St. Peter. In the final 4:00 of play, CC was outscored 17-5 and fell out of a tie for third place in the conference standings. Concordia is now 13-6 in the MIAC and 14-8 overall. The win vaults the Gusties into sole possession of third place as they are now 14-5 in league play and 15-7 overall.

The game went back-and-forth throughout the entire first half and through much of the second half. In the first 20 minutes of play, the two teams traded leads three times and the game was tied on five occasions. The biggest lead of the game for Concordia came in the first half when Sara Sorbo connected on a 3-point field goal and took a seven-point lead at 26-19 with 2:37 to play. The next two minutes might have been the most important of the game for the Gusties as they cut the lead down to two points at halftime at 27-25.

The first 16 minutes of the second were more of the same for the two evenly matched teams. Neither team was able to pull away by more than four points during that time and the game was tied eight more times during that run. Concordia would threaten to take a big lead but then Gustavus would recover and remain close.

That tug-of-war battle lasted until the final four minutes when CC couldn't buy a basket and the Gusties connected on 4-of-6 shots from the field including two 3-point baskets. What really sewed up the game for Gustavus was their ability to hit on free throws in the final minutes of play. GAC made their last seven foul shots in the game and went 7-for-9 from the line in the final minute of play.


Concordia travels to Augsburg on Saturday, Feb. 16 for a game at 1 p.m. to complete their final road games of the regular season. The Cobbers will then return home to face St. Thomas on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 5:45 p.m. and St. Mary's on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m.


The two premiere scoring threats in the league didn't disappoint on Monday. Melanie Hageman entered the game leading the MIAC in scoring and finished with 21 points. She also had 11 rebounds to record her fourth double-double of the season. Gustavus' leading scorer Jess Vadnais topped Hageman by scoring a game-high 25 points and adding seven rebounds.

A pair of reserve guards came off the bench to post double-digit scoring nights for the Cobbers. Erica Nord went 5-for-7 from the floor and 3-for-3 from the free throw line and finished with a career-high 13 points. Maggie Bauernfeind continued her hot shooting streak. She was 2-for-5 from behind the arc and had 10 points. It is her third straight game with at least 10 points.

Perhaps the biggest individual effort came from Katie Layman of Gustavus. After being held to just two points in the first game between the teams. Layman went 8-for-12 from the floor and finished with a season-high 18 points. Emily Nelson had 10 points for the Gusties and Molly Mathiowetz came off the bench to score nine points and match Vadnais' seven-rebound effort.


In a game where there were 14 lead changes and 14 ties, the biggest statistical difference came from the shooting percentage. Concordia shot just 36.7% (22-for-60) from the floor, which is below their 41.9% season average and their lowest total since they lost to St. Kate's last Monday. CC was also held to just 28.6% (6-for-21) shooting from behind the arc. That total is below their season average of 34.8% and also lowest since they shot 18.2% against St. Kate's.

Gustavus held a 36-35 edge in rebounding. The Gusties had one less turnover in the game. GAC committed 19 miscues as opposed to 20 for CC.

As a team, Gustavus shot 51.9% (27-for-52) from the floor and 44.4% (4-for-9) from long range. The Gusties went 18-for-27 (66.7%) from the free throw line and connected on one more foul shot than the Cobbers.