Jenna Freudenberg scored a game-high 18 points to key the Cobber comeback in their 70-55 second-half rally win at St. Thomas.
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The script worked so well on Saturday against Bethel that Jessica Rahman and the Concordia women's basketball team decided to copy it on Wednesday and came away with a 70-55 win over St. Thomas in St. Paul.
Against the Royals, the Cobbers trailed 33-24 at half, scored 47 points in the final 20 minutes and pulled away for a six-point win. On Wednesday, Concordia trailed 29-23 at the break, scored 47 points in the second half and cruised to a 15-point win.
The victory moves the Cobbers one step closer to securing a bye in the first round of the MIAC playoffs and hosting a semifinal game. The win moves Concordia to 15-4 in conference play and into a tie for second place with Gustavus. By virtue of their season series sweep, the Cobbers hold the tie-breaker over the Gusties should the two teams tie in the final standings. If Concordia defeats Hamline on Saturday at home, they are assured of no worse than second place in the league standings. They could tie for the title and earn the number-one seed in the playoffs if they beat the Pipers and the Gusties beat league-leading St. Ben's at home on Saturday.
Concordia improves to 18-6 overall on the year, marking the third straight season under Rahman that they have won at least 18 games on the season.
With the loss, St. Thomas falls to 6-13 in the MIAC and is eliminated from the conference playoffs. It is the first time in the six-year history of the MIAC playoffs that the Tommies failed to earn a berth. St. Thomas sees their overall mark slide to 9-15 on the year.
The guard tandem of Jenna Freudenberg and Annie Keeley secured the win for Concordia against the Tommies. Freudenberg scored a game-high 18 points and Keeley added 14. Freudenberg went 4-of-5 from the floor in the second half and finished the game 5-of-8 from the field and 7-of-9 from the free throw line. Keeley did most of her damage from the line. She was a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw stripe.
Tori Ehlert turned in another workman-like performance. The lone Cobber senior finished with eight points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
Cobber sophomore post Melanie Hageman was held below double figures for the first in 15 games. She finished with eight points on a 4-of-7 shooting night.
St. Thomas had three players score in double digits. Dee Prioleau came off the bench to lead the team in scoring with 13 points. She scored 10 of her team-high 13 points in the first half alone and was held to 1-of-4 shooting in the final 20 minutes. Melisaa Keiser had 11 points and Jessica Katch chipped in 10 more as the trio scored 36 of the team's 55 points.
The difference in the second half came from Concordia's ability to get the ball close to the basket and draw the foul. After shooting only one free throw in the entire first half, the Cobbers went 16-of-18 from the free throw line in the deciding second period of play. The 18 free throws in the final 20 minutes were eight more than St. Thomas attempted in the entire game.
For the game, Concordia shot 89.5% (17-of-19) from the line and 47.1% (24-of-51) from the floor. St. Thomas countered with 60.0% (6-of-10) from the line and 38.6% (22-of-57) from the field. The Tommies outrebounded the Cobbers 33-31 in the game but committed two more turnovers.
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