Ashley King had three steals in Concordia's 70-43 victory over Macalester.
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MOORHEAD, Minn. -- In the end, Concordia's depth and all-around scoring attack were too much for the individual effort of Macalester's Elise Pagel. The talented freshman scored a game-high 23 points but it wasn't enough to overcome a Cobber team that had 10 players score at least two points en route to a 70-43.
The victory is the seventh straight for Concordia. The Cobbers are now 15-4 on the year. The game was a non-conference affair since the Scots dropped out of the MIAC last season. Concordia received good news later in the night as St. Ben's beat St. Kate's to help Concordia clinch a spot in the MIAC playoffs for the fifth time in the past six years. The Cobbers lead the MIAC with a 12-2 record.
Macalester loses for the eighth consecutive game and falls to 2-16 on the season.
Melanie Hageman led the Cobbers in scoring for the fifth time in the past six games. She finished with 18 points and six rebounds. She has scored in double figures in the past ten games. Guards Annie Keeley and Jessica Heintz each had 11 points and both made three 3-point field goals. Sarah Krabbenhoft hauled down a team-high eight rebounds to go along with five points.
Pagel, the future of the Macalester program, took 17 shots in the game which was almost half of the team's 35 total shots for the entire 40 minutes. She was 8-of-17 from the field and 7-of-8 from the free throw line. She also had six rebounds and two assists.
The Scots came out in the early part of the game and played with the intensity to keep the game close. Their 2-3 zone defense slowed the Cobber offense for the first part of the opening half. Concordia led by three points and was only able to score seven points in the first five minutes of the game. The Cobbers then settled into an offense that would exploit the zone and went on a 10-3 run to open the game up and put the momentum on the bench of the home team.
Concordia followed the 10-3 streak with a 10-2 run and the separation was complete with the Cobbers leading 27-9. The Scots were able to trade baskets with the Cobbers for the rest of the half and Concordia went into the lockerroom with a 41-22 lead at the break.
Macalester made a run to start the second half, trimming the lead to 14 points by scoring the first five points of the second period.
The teams would go scoreless for almost the next two minutes before the Cobbers finally go on the board in the second half with a 3-point field goal from Keeley at the 17:43 mark.
From that point on Concordia would keep the deficit at 20-plus point for the remainder of the half as they waltzed to a 70-43 victory.
Concordia shot 40.6% (28-of-69) from the field and 36.0% (9-of-25) from behind the arc. Macalester did not make a 3-point field goal the entire night, going 0-of-3 from behind the arc. They shot 42.9% (15-of-35) from the field.
The Cobbers dominated the game from underneath. Concordia outscored the Scots 30-10 in points in the paint and had a 15-2 edge in second chance points.
Concordia will return to MIAC action when they host Carleton on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 1:00pm. The Knights are currently in fourth place after rallying for a huge comeback win over Gustavus on Wednesday night.
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