Concordia junior Maggie Bauernfeind hit the game-winning basket as time expired in the Cobbers' 69-67 win at St. Ben's.
Sweet Season Sweep!

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


Team
1st Half
2nd Half
Final
31
38
69
27
40
67

Box Score


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Opponent's Website: St. Ben's Women's Basketball

MIAC Website: MIAC Women's Basketball


MOORHEAD, Minn. (2/6/10)-- It took all 40 minutes but when Maggie Bauernfeind's shot went through the basket as the buzzer went off, Concordia was finally able to break free from St. Ben's and win 69-67 in St. Joseph. The win is the first for the Cobbers at St. Ben's since the 2003-04 season and gives CC the season series sweep over the Blazers. The last time Concordia swept CSB in the regular season was back in 2000-01.

The win also brings the Cobbers within one game of the MIAC lead with four games remaining in the regular season. Concordia is now 15-6 overall and 14-4 in league play. CC is now tied with the Blazers at 14-4 in the MIAC and one game behind Gustavus who lost at Hamline on Saturday. CSB is currently 16-5 in all games.

The game was a tight affair for the entire two periods. Neither team had more than a six-point lead as there were seven tie scores and 12 lead changes in the game. St. Ben's came out and edged out to a six-point lead midway through the first half. Concordia responded by going on a 13-2 run to take a five-point lead with just over 5:00 to play in the opening period.

The Cobbers would hold a 31-27 lead at the break and then lead for most of the second half. St. Ben's led on a pair of occasions late in the game but each time the Cobbers responded with baskets on the very next possession. St. Ben's took their final lead of the game with 1:18 to play at 65-64 but then Bauernfeind hit on one of two free throws and the game was tied at 65-65.

Sara Sorbo then came up with back-to-back game changing plays. She stole the ball on the defensive end as CSB was going for the lead and then was fouled on the offensive end and made the subsequent free throws to give Concordia a 67-65 lead with :21 seconds to play. Heather Gillund hit a jumper in the paint to tie the game at 67-67 and set up Bauernfeind's buzzer-beating heroics. For Gillund it was two of her game-high 25 points as she was 9-for-13 from the floor and 7-for-10 from the free throw line. It is the second time in the past three games she has finished with 25 points and the third time in the last five outings she has put up 20-plus points.

After the Blazers called time out with just :11 seconds to play after the made field goal to set up their defense, Concordia was able to get the ball to Bauernfeind as time ran down and she hit the open jumper to give the Cobbers the win and the series sweep.

Bauernfeind finished with 13 points and was one of three CC players in double figures. Erica Nord led all Concordia players with 17 points. She also had four rebounds and two assists. Nord has now scored in double figures in nine straight games and 12 of the last 13. Lindsey Schultz scored 16 points and had a season-high six assists.

Gillund was the only St. Ben's player with more than eight points in the game. Mindy Schmidt had a game-high seven rebounds and Devin Bowlin came away with a game-high seven assists.

Neither team was particularly hot from the outside. Concordia shot 33.3% (6-for-18) from 3-point range as compared to just 25.0% (4-for-16) from the Blazers. In the two games against CSB, the Cobbers' defense has limited St. Ben's to just 25.7% (9-for-35) shooting from behind the arc.

The Cobbers committed just nine turnovers in the game marking only the second time all season they have had less than 10 miscues in a game. Coincidentally, the other single-digit turnover game for CC came against the Blazers the first time the two teams met (7).

Concordia forced 14 St. Ben's turnovers and turned that into a 20-10 edge in points off of turnovers.

The Cobbers will finish off their back-to-back critical MIAC road games when they play at Macalester on Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 5:45 p.m.