Junior Erica Nord dribbles past a Macalester defender on her way to two of her career-high 25 points in the Cobbers' 75-57 loss on Wed.
Cobbers Fall To Red Hot Scots!

Courtesy of GoCobbers.com, Release: January 6, 2010

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MOORHEAD, Minn. (1/06/10)-- Concordia junior Erica Nord had a career-high 25 points but it wasn't enough as the Cobbers lost 75-57 to red-hot Macalester. The loss snaps a four-game winning streak for the Cobbers and drops their overall record to 6-4. They are now 5-2 in the MIAC. The Scots win for the third straight time and complete a trio of wins against MIAC perennial powers St. Thomas, Gustavus and Concordia. Macalester is now 6-4 in all games and 6-1 in league play.

The difference in the game was the inside rebounding of Macalester, mainly offensive rebounds and also the Cobbers' inability to hit on lay-ups from in close. The Scots held a 40-24 edge in rebounding which included 13 offensive rebounds. On the offensive end of the court, Concordia missed 12 "bunnies" in the game.

Besides the rebounding edge, the Scots were adept at countering every run that CC made in the second half. Concordia trailed 34-24 at the half and made three different runs in the second period to get the game within seven points. Each time the Scots were able to stop the Cobber momentum and come up with a charge of their own. The last significant CC charge came just under the 10:00 minute mark. Nord made a lay-up and was fouled. Her subsequent free throw brought Concordia within seven at 53-46 but that would be as close as they would get as the Scots went on a 13-2 run over the next four minutes and regained a 18-point lead at 66-48. The 11-point run took the wind out of the Cobbers' sails and Macalester was able to coast to the win over the final five minutes.

Besides Nord's 25 points, Concordia only had one other player with more than nine points. Sara Sorbo went 3-for-4 from 3-point range and finished with 11 points. Nord's 25 points marks the sixth time in the last eight games she has scored in double figures. Nord also added four assists and one steal. She now leads the team with a 12.7 points per game average. Sorbo scores in double figures for third time this year and the second time in the past three games.

Macalester had four players score in double figures and was led by center Ann Baltzer who had 18 points. Trina PaStarr had 12 points and a game-high seven rebounds.

As a team, the Cobbers shot 35.1% (20-for-57) from the floor and 33.3% (6-for-18) from behind the arc. The Scots were fiery from long distance in the first half as they connected on 6-of-9 shots from 3-point range in the first 20 minutes. For the game they shot 50.0% (7-for-14) from long range and 55.3% (26-for-47) from the field. Macalester was also 16-for-24 (66.7%) from the foul line and made three more foul attempts than CC took total (11-for-13).

The Cobbers will jump out of the frying pan and into the fire when they host league-leading St. Ben's on Saturday, Jan. 9 at 1 p.m.