Just a little break, that's all

By Eric Peterson
The Forum
Concordia looked a little out of focus at the start of its game against last-place Carleton. But a time out by coach Kathy Wall quickly put things back in perspective.

After the stoppage, the Cobbers picked up their defensive intensity and buried the Carls 83-56 in a Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game at the Concordia Fieldhouse Saturday.

"It was a good win," Wall said. "But now we can't let up, we have to keep constant. We still have to play hard; we can't be satisfied with where we're at."

Concordia improves to 13-5 overall and 10-3 in the MIAC with the victory. Carleton falls to 3-12 and 1-12.

The Carls came out strong, racing out to an 8-2 lead behind senior Melissa Williams, who scored four points in that span. The 5-foot-9 guard capped the run with a 5-foot jumper that just beat the shot clock with 17:15 left in the first half.

That's when Wall called a time out.

"She told us to pick up the defense," said Concordia senior Holly Zollar, who had a game-high 19 points. "We picked it up from there."

Concordia proceeded to score 13 of the game's next 15 points. Freshman Anne Larson capped the run with a slick move along the baseline. Larson's hoop put the Cobbers up 17-10 with 11:15 remaining in the first half.

The Carls never challenged from that point and Sarah Kragerud's first-half buzzer beater put Concordia up 35-23 at halftime.

"We have yet to peak as a team," Zollar said. "But I think the things that need to are coming together our defense has been tough all year and we're starting to get comfortable on offense."

Also looking more comfortable for the Cobbers was freshman point guard Nikki Vetter. The West Fargo graduate netted 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the field, including 2 of 2 from 3-point range.

Although Concordia played tough defense, holding Carleton to 35-percent shooting from the field, they did have problems after the misses. The Cobbers allowed the Carls 21 offensive rebounds.

Wall said it is something her team has been working on and needs to improve.

"We have to make contact," she said. "Everyone can jump in the MIAC, if you don't get a body on someone, you'll get out-jumped. That's what happened to us."

CARLETON (56): Lasher 0-2 0-0 0, Melsted 3-8 3-3 9, Larson 0-0 0-0 0, O'Brien 1-2 0-0 2, Spoon 0-3 0-0 0, Peterson 6-16 4-6 16, Gillmor 0-0 0-0 0, Exel 0-0 0-0 0, Willson 0-0 0-0 0, Anderson 4-5 5-6 13, Sauter 1-1 0-0 2, Taylor 0-1 2-2 2, Williams 3-14 2-2 8, Freeman 1-2 2-5 4. Totals 19-54 18-24 56.

CONCORDIA (83): Kragerud 3-4 0-0 7, Schirm 2-5 1-3 5, Zollar 8-16 0-0 19, Vetter 4-5 0-0 10, Backer 2-4 0-0 5, Larson 1-5 2-2 4, Suarez 1-2 0-0 2, Hetland 1-4 0-0 3, Mehrkens 3-10 2-2 8, Walla 1-1 0-2 2, Jacobson 2-6 0-0 4, Sonstelie 7-12 0-0 14. Totals 35-74 5-9 83.
Halftime: Concordia 35, Carleton 23. Total Fouls: Carleton 11, Concordia 20. 3-point goals: Carleton 0-2 (Williams 0-2), Concordia 8-13 (Kragerud 1-1, Schirm 0-1, Zollar 3-5, Vetter 2-2, Backer 1-3, Hetland 1-1). Rebounds: Carleton 41 (Anderson 10), Concordia 42 (Zollar 9). Assists: Carleton 5 (Spoon 2), Concordia 19 (Schirm 5, Zollar 5). Steals: Carleton 6 (Melsted 3), Concordia 13 (Larson 4). Turnovers: Carleton 21, Concordia 9. ANA.

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