Melanie Hageman had 22 points and 12 rebounds in Concordia's 63-57 win over Hamline.
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Concordia/Hamline game came down to the old adage, "it's not how you start the game, it's how you finish." The Cobbers used the strength of an 11-4 run in the final 3:00 of the game to post a 63-57 win over the Pipers.
The victory catapults the Cobbers into a three-way tie for first place in the MIAC. Gustavus upset St. Ben's 71-70 on Wednesday to put all three teams at the top of the table at the end of the first half of the conference schedule. Concordia, the Blazers and Gusties are all 8-2 in league play. The Cobbers move to 10-4 overall, marking the 32nd straight season that Concordia has won at least 10 games. They have never finished the year with less than 10 wins in the history of the program.
Hamline, who battled all the way to the end but was undone by the final 3:00 of play, falls to 4-6 in the conference and evens their overall record at 7-7.
Melanie Hageman had another stellar night for the Cobbers. The sophomore post player had a game-high 22 points and a game-high 12 rebounds. It marks the third time this season that she has finished with more than 20 points and the third time that she has posted a double-double. In all three games that she has scored 20-plus points, she has also grabbed 10 or more rebounds. Hageman has now scored in double figures in the past five games.
No other Concordia player scored more than eight points in the game. The Cobber bench continued to be one of the best in the league. Head Coach Jessica Rahman was played 11 different players and was able to rotate line-ups throughout the game in order to keep the Pipers off balance. Concordia's bench outscored the Hamline reserves 20-17, upping the record to 8-0 when the Cobber reserves outscore their counterparts.
Kelly Lines was 4-of-6 from 3-point range and finished with a team-high 17 points. Her ability to hit the timely outside jumper kept Hamline close throughout. Her long-range shot with 4:14 remaining even gave the Pipers a brief 3-point lead at 52-49.
After that point it was all Concordia as three straight free throws tied the game at 52-52, and then an Annie Keeley put the Cobbers ahead 55-52 with 2:31 left in the game.
For the game, Concordia shot 37.9% (22-of-58) from the floor and went 5-of-16 (31.3%) from 3-point range. Hamline shot 35.2% (19-of-54) from the floor and 37.5% (6-of-16) from behind the arc. Both teams were solid from the free throw line. The Cobbers were 14-of-18 (77.8%) from the line and the Pipers went 12-of-14 (85.7%).
The biggest difference in the box score came in the turnover department. Concordia's defense forced Hamline into 22 turnovers, while the Cobbers only committed 14 miscues.
Concordia returns home to play back-to-back games against St. Ben's and Gustavus in a pair of games that could decide the MIAC championship. The Cobbers will host the Blazers on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 1:00pm. The Gusties visit Memorial Auditorium on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 5:45pm.
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