Michelle Freudenberg protects the ball at the point in Concordia's 69-65 loss at Bethel.
Run Over On The Road!
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Concordia knew going into their game with Bethel that the Royals would come out with a sense of urgency and a need to show the second-place Cobbers that they belonged in the upper half of the league. Unfortunately, Concordia didn't unpack their "A" game until the second half and fell 69-65 to Bethel in Arden Hills.
The loss snaps a six-game conference winning streak for Concordia and drops them into third place in the conference. Gustavus jumped ahead of the Cobbers due to their victory over Augsburg on Saturday. Concordia is now 6-2 in the MIAC and 8-4 overall.
Bethel improves to to 5-3 in league play and 9-3 overall. They are now tied for the second-best overall mark in the conference.
The game was decided in the first five minutes of the opening half. Before Concordia could turn around and get used to life on the road, Bethel had jumped to a 12-2 lead. They pushed the lead to 11 at 21-10 midway through the first half as Concordia routinely missed shots from the floor and uncharacteristically turned the ball over on offense. The Cobbers finished the half down by eight at 31-23, shot a measly 25.8% (8-of-31) from the floor and committed nine turnovers.
Bethel pushed the margin to 13 points at the start of the second half, posting leads of 36-23 and then again at 44-31 with 15:26 remaining in the game.
The tide started to finally shift and go with the Cobbers at the 12:36 mark. That is when Concordia went on a 12-2 run and whittled the lead down to one at 48-47 with just over 9:00 left to go.
Expecting the Royals to fold up and lay down for the inevitable loss, Concordia watched as Bethel rattled off 11 straight points and regained control of the game as they took a 59-47 lead with 6:05 to play.
The Cobbers staged one last rally and eventually tied the game at 65-65 with a jumper by Melanie Hageman with :37 to go in the game.
Bethel called a 30-second timeout and then hit on a two-point basket and converted their two free throws after the Cobbers missed on a game-tying shot with :07 remaining.
Hageman led Concordia in scoring for the fifth time this season. She finished with a game-high 15 total points after scoring only three in the first half. She also hauled in a team-high seven rebounds.
Hageman was one of three Concordia players to factor in double figures. Tori Ehlert added 13 points and Annie Keeley had 11. Keeley scored nine of her 11 points in the final 20 minutes.
Bethel had three players who each scored 12 points. Jen Ahleberg was 5-of-10 from the floor and had 12 points to go along with six assists. Sarah Cotner and Annegret Nautsch were the other two players with a dozen points. Nautsch came off the bench to score her 12 points in 17 minutes of action.
Nautsch was part of the Royal reserve crew that posted a 27-16 margin over the Cobber bench players.
Concordia will have only one day to recover before hosting St. Thomas in a crucial conference match-up in one of the last two games of the first rotation of games in the conference season. The Cobbers and Tommies will hook up on Monday, Jan. 16 at 5:30pm in Memorial Auditorium. The game can be heard live via the internet at: www.cord.edu/dept/sports/broadcast.php