Melanie Hageman (#22) had a season-high 28 points in Concordia's 60-41 win over St. Mary's.
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WINONA, Minn. -- For the second straight game Concordia led wire-to-wire and came away with a 60-41 win against St. Mary's in Winona on Sunday.
The win completes a weekend sweep on the road for the Cobbers and keeps them in control of the MIAC title race. It is also the sixth consecutive victory for Jessica Rahman's crew. They have also won nine of the last 10. Concordia is now 12-2 in conference play and 14-4 overall. The Cobbers are now one win away from clinching a spot in the MIAC playoffs.
St. Mary's falls to 4-9 in the MIAC and 8-10 in all games.
The 41 points allowed by the Cobbers is a season low. It is the lowest point total given up by Concordia since
Feb. 2, 2000 when the Cobbers beat Macalester 74-35.
Melanie Hageman was the story of the game for the Cobbers. Hageman continues to improve on her reputation as one of the best players in the league. Against the Cardinals, she had a season-high 28 points and was able to get an open shot at the basket any time she had her hands on the ball. It is the second highest point total of her career. She scored 29 points in her very first game of her college career last season.
She only missed one shot during the entire game. She was a perfect 9-of-9 from the floor and 10-of-11 from the free throw line.
Her ability to turn in the low post has made her one of the deadliest options in the league. Hageman has now posted five 20-point games this season and has scored at least 22 points in three of the last five games. Hageman also added six rebounds, four steals and one assist.
Annie Keeley was the only other Concordia player with double-digit point totals. Keeley chipped in 13 points in the victory. Senior center Tori Ehlert amassed a team-high 10 rebounds and added five points. It is the fifth time this season that she has collected double figure rebound totals.
St. Mary's had only one player score more than six points. Alyse Coates finished with a team-high 10 points and had six rebounds. Jessica Weisbrod hauled down a game-high 12 rebounds in the losing effort.
The Cobber defense limited St. Mary's to only 26.4% (14-of-53) from the field for the entire game. The Cobber perimeter defense sparkled as well, holding the Cardinals to only 18.8% (3-of-16) from 3-point range.
Concordia was bothered by the St. Mary's defense as well and shot below their season field goal average. The Cobbers shot 37.3% (19-of-51) from the floor. Concordia was just as cold from the outside. They were only 2-of-12 (16.7%) from behind the arc.
The statistical area of the game came in the turnover department. The Cobbers only had 10 turnovers and forced the Cardinals into 18 miscues. Concordia then turned those 18 turnovers into 16 points as compared to only two points off of miscues for St. Mary's
Concordia will return home to host Macalester in a non-conference game on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 5:45pm. The game can be heard live on the internet www.cord.edu/dept/sports/broadcast.php