2008-09 Women's Basketball - Game Recaps

Concordia junior guard Anna Matetich dribble through the lane and goes up for a shot in the Cobbers' 80-73 loss to St. Kate's on Saturday. (Photo courtesy of Allen Sorbo)

Another Sad Saturday!


Gameday Scoreboard:


13-10/10-10 MIAC


16-7/15-5 MIAC


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

Gameday Menu:

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

MIAC Website: MIAC Women's Basketball

MIAC Standings/Statistics: MIAC Women's Basketball Standings & Stats

Gameday Rewind:

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

Gameday Game Recap:

MOORHEAD, Minn. (2/14/09)-- For the third straight Saturday Concordia allowed their opponent to come up with a game-deciding run in the second half and couldn't recover as they lost 80-73 at home to St. Kate's. The Cobbers led 65-59 with 4:58 to play but then watched as the Wildcats went on a 12-0 run over the next three minutes to come away with the seven-point win.

The loss takes Concordia's safety net away. The Cobbers entered the game needing to only win two of their final three regular-season games to earn the No.2 seed in the upcoming conference playoffs. Unfortunately CC now needs to win both games to assure themselves of the second seed. Concordia is now tied with St. Thomas for second place in the standings as both teams are 15-5 in league play. The Cobbers are now 16-7 overall.

Concordia was ice cold all game long and continually turned the ball over at the worst possible moments. The Cobbers shot a frigid 18.2% (4-for-22) from 3-point range. That is the second lowest percentage from behind the arc at home this season. CC also coughed the ball up 20 times, the most in the past 13 games.

St. Kate's (13-10/10-10 MIAC) led throughout most of the game. They went out to a 7-1 lead and pushed the margin to as many as 10 points in the opening half before Concordia finished the period on a 7-0 run to cut the lead to three at 33-30.

The game tightened in the first six minutes of the second half before St. Kate's grabbed a nine-point lead at 52-43 with 12:33 to play. That's when the Cobbers went on a 14-0 run and looked as if they had finally righted the ship and were ready to grab control and take away the win. Leading by five at 57-52 after Sara Sorbo drained a 3-pointer to complete a six-point play, CC was able to push the lead to six 65-59 before the Wildcats went on their game-clinching run.

The loss takes away the performance of freshman Jenna Green who had a career-high 25 points. She also had five rebounds and three assists. Jenna Freudenberg finished with 14 points before fouling out late in the game. Lindsey Schultz also fouled out but not before grabbing 11 rebounds and seven points.

All five of the Wildcats' starters finished in double figures. Brooke Hakanson was 4-for-6 from 3-point range and had a team-high 16 points. MIAC leading scorer Laura Kalbfell had 13 points to go along with 11 rebounds to record her second double-double of the season.

St. Kate's shot 49.1% (28-for-57) from the floor and 44.4% (8-for-18) from 3-point range. It's the best shooting percentage in any conference game this season for CSC. The Wildcats never went though an extended period where they didn't connect on a three-point field goal and that kept them close when CC made their second-half runs.

Besides the 18.2% from long range, CC shot 39.7% (29-for-73) from the field. Concordia routinely got good looks at the baskets but couldn't convert on a consistent basis. The 73 field goal attempts is a season high for the Cobbers and most since the 2003-04 season when they put up 77 shots also against St. Kate's.

Concordia will be looking to get back on the winning track when they host St. Mary's on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 5:45 pm. The game will be the annual Pink Zone celebration. This year's Breast Cancer Awareness game will honor longtime North Carolina State head coach Kay Yow. Fans are encouraged to wear pink and also make a donation at the game.