Annie Keeley scored 21 points in Concordia's
74-76 loss to Valley City.
Cobbers' Rally Comes Up Short
Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: December 10
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MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Concordia fell behind by 25 points with just under 14:00 left in the second half, and then fought back to pull within two points at the 1:21 mark but could never overcome Valley City State and wound up losing 76-74 to the Vikings.
Cobber junior guard Annie Keeley led all scorers with 21 points as she keyed the Cobber rally throughout the final period. She scored 16 points in the final 20 minutes and finished the game 3-of-5 from 3-point range.
Concordia had two other players finish in double figures as they saw their four-game winning streak come to an end. Melanie Hageman had 14 points and freshman Jenna Freudenberg added 11. The Cobbers are now 5-3 overall.
Valley City had four players net at least 13 points in the game. Molly Schultz posted a team-high 16 points. She was followed by Janae Larson with 15. Loni Hall chipped in 14 points, and reserve Brit Olson put up 13 points as the Viking bench outscored their Cobber counterparts 27-20.
Valley City seized control of the first half at the 15:17 mark. Leading by just two at 13-11, the Vikings went on a 9-2 run in the next four-plus minutes to grab a nine-point lead at 22-13.
The Vikings gradually added to the lead before the break and took a 45-31 lead into intermission.
Valley City exploded at the start of the second half, scoring 14 of the first 17 points in the period to take a commanding 59-34 lead.
Emily Swierenga started the comeback for Concordia as she hit a 3-point shot to start a 10-0 run.
The second Cobber rally started with under five minutes to go when Keeley hit a 3-pointer to cut a 67-54 deficit to just 10 points at 67-57. That basket ignited a 14-3 streak that cut the lead to only two points with 1:21 left to go in the game.
Unfortunately for the Cobbers, they would never be able to get over the hump and take the lead. Valley City hit key free throws down the stretch and never allowed Concordia to have possession of the ball with a chance to tie the game.
For the game Concordia shot 43.8% (28-of-64), while the Vikings countered at a 48.3% (28-of-58) clip. Valley City outrebounded the Cobbers 36-32 and held a 30-26 edge in points in the paint.
Concordia will return to action when they play at Carleton on Wednesday, January 4 at 5:30pm in a key early calendar year match-up between two teams that are at the top of the MIAC standings. You can hear the game live via the internet at: www.cord.edu/dept/sports/broadcast.php.