2008-09 Women's Basketball - Game Recaps

Concordia junior guard Sara Sorbo drives to the basket during the Cobbers' 70-61 win over St. Thomas in the MIAC semifinals on Friday. Sorbo had 17 points in the game and came up with two clutch "and 1" plays in the second half.

Championship Bound!

 

Gameday Scoreboard:

Team
1
2
Final

19-8/16-6 MIAC

33
28
61

19-7/17-5 MIAC

33
37
70

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


Gameday Menu:

Earlier This Year: CC 62 at UST 48 | UST 64 at CC 74

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

MIAC Playoff Website: MIAC Championship Website

MIAC Website: MIAC Women's Basketball

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


Gameday Rewind:

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


Gameday Recap:

MOORHEAD, Minn. (2/27/09)-- In a game that was a typical, pressure-packed, intense back-and-forth conference playoff contest, Concordia sank eight of their final 11 free throws - scored the last seven points of the game - and pulled away from St. Thomas 70-61 in the conference semifinals. The Cobbers now advance to the MIAC championship game at St. Ben's on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. The winner of that game will receive the league's automatic qualifying berth into the NCAA Tournament.

It also marks the first time in program history that the Cobbers have beaten the Tommies three times in one season.

Concordia (19-7) pulled off the semifinal victory thanks to a pair of hard charging guards and the ability to get to the free throw line. Senior Jenna Freudenberg had a team-high 18 points and took over the game in the final minutes of play and fittingly scored the final two points of the game. Like Freudenberg, Sara Sorbo was also successful at breaking down the St. Thomas defense off of the dribble from the point and finished with 17 points. She had a pair of clutch traditional 3-point plays in the second half. Fruedenberg added four assists and had three steals in the game while Sorbo chipped in two steals and two turnovers.

As a team Concordia was 26-for-35 (74.3%) from the free throw line. That compared to only 14 free throw attempts for the Tommies. UST was 10-for-14 from the foul line as they were more content to shoot from the outside or pull up and attempt the mid-range jumper.

St. Thomas (19-8) was led by freshman guard Jordyn Spears who had the hot hand from the outside and finished with a game-high 20 points. Jessica Katch was the only other Tommie player with more than eight points in the game. The senior finished with 17 points but was only 6-for-18 from the field.

The game was also won on the inside for the Cobbers who outrebounded St. Thomas 40-30 and had an 18-9 edge in offensive rebounds. The 18 offensive rebounds is a season high and the most by a Cobber team since their MIAC playoff game last season when they finished with 22 against Carleton. The 18 offensive rebounds resulted in a similar 18-9 margin in second chance points.

The first half was a game of momentum and streaks as the Cobbers raced to an 11-2 lead but then watched as St. Thomas rallied for the next 13 points and took a 15-11 lead. From there the teams would trade the lead over the next three minutes before UST rattled off a 10-0 run to take their biggest lead of the game at 27-18 with 7:09 to play in the opening half. The Cobbers then finished with the final spurt of the half as they went on an 11-2 run in the 4:47 to tie the game at 33-33 heading into the break.

The Tommies would take a quick 35-33 lead on a jumper by Sears but then CC would answer with a 3-pointer from Freudenberg and grab a 36-35 lead - a lead they would never relinquish for the rest of the game. The Cobbers pushed the lead to as many as eight points before UST trimmed the margin to one point and then two points with 1:47 to play. That's when Sorbo connected on one of her hard charging layups that drew the foul and she was able to finish off the three-point play to put Concordia up 66-61. From there four free throws would seal the semifinal win and help the Cobbers to their third MIAC title game in playoff history.

Besides Freudenberg and Sorbo, the Cobbers received big games from Erica Nord and Lindsey Schultz. Nord kept the Cobbers in the game in the first half by making 3-of-4 shots from behind the arc and posting 13 points in the first half alone. She finished with 14 points and a game-high eight rebounds. Schultz was up to her usual tricks as she hauled down big rebound after big rebound. She matched Nord with eight rebounds and also put up eight points.

The win almost solidifies the Cobbers' hopes of making the NCAA Tournament. The winner of the championship game with St. Ben's will receive the automatic bid but the loser will more than likely get one of the at-large bids into the national playoffs.