Annie Keely eyes the defense in Concordia's impressive 73-48 win over St. Thomas.
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MOORHEAD, Minn. -- One of the premiere match-ups each season in MIAC women's basketball is between Concordia and St. Thomas. Both programs have won national championships and both are perennially fighting for the league title. Most games between the two teams are decided in the final minutes of the game and most are a full 40-minute battle.
There are always exceptions to every rule and that is what happened when the Cobbers and Tommies hooked up for the first time in the 2005-06 season. Leading by six points at halftime, the Cobbers went on a 20-5 run in the final eight minutes of the game and romped to a 73-48 win.
The 25-point margin of victory is the second largest of the season for Concordia and is the most lopsided win over St. Thomas since the 1985-86 season. The 48 points allowed by the Cobbers is the least amount of points given up in a game all year long. It is also the least amount of points scored by the Tommies this season and fewest since Jan. 31 of last year.
With the win, Concordia jumps into a tie for second place in the MIAC. The Cobbers are now 7-2 in league play and are tied with Gustavus, who had a bye on Monday. Concordia improves to 9-4 overall.
St. Thomas slides to 5-4 in the MIAC and 7-6 overall.
Four different players scored in double figures for Concordia. Annie Keeley led all scorers in the game with 15 points. She was 2-of-4 from behind the arc and 6-of-15 from the floor overall. Tori Ehlert and Melanie Hageman each had 13 points, while Jessica Heintz added 11. Ehlert has now scored in double figures in the past three games and Hageman has turned the feat in the past four games and nine of the past ten.
Heintz was part of a Cobber bench that outscored their St. Thomas counterparts 25-2. Concordia is now 7-0 in the MIAC when the Cobber bench puts up more points than the opponents reserves.
Melissa Keiser went 5-of-8 from the field and scored a team-high 14 points for the Tommies. Chelsea Wirtz was the only other St. Thomas player with more than eight points. She finished with 12. St. Thomas senior center Erica Opdahl, who recently surpassed the 1,000-point mark and entered the game among the league leaders in scoring, was limited to only eight points in the game. She was in foul trouble throughout the game and played only 24 minutes. It is only the second time all season that she has failed to score in double figures.
Concordia will finish off the first half of the MIAC season when they play at Hamline on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 5:45pm.