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Basketball briefs: both teams have a rough week
by Tim Hanson - The Concordian

Women’s Basketball

The Concordia women’s basketball team has dropped its last two games to put its playoff hopes in jeopardy. 

The Cobbers (9-9, 9-12) fall to seventh place behind St. Olaf and St. Mary’s, who are tied for the sixth seed with a 10-8 MIAC record.

In Wednesday’s game, the Cobbers kept it close against Carleton in the first half, trailing by only four points at the intermission. Concordia couldn’t contain the powerful Knights offense, which went on a 15-0 run in the second half to put the game out of reach for the Cobbers, 65-50.

Concordia’s latest loss Saturday 92-78, was against Gustavus (14-4, 15-6). The Cobbers turned the ball over 23 times against the Gusties. Concordia shot 46 percent (27-of-58) from the field, but Gustavus was able to gain the offensive advantage shooting 57 percent (33-of-58) from the field. The Gusties strong defense held the Cobbers sophomore Debbie Slack to seven rebounds in 18 minutes of action. The game ended a five-game streak of 10 or more rebounds per game for Slack.

The Cobbers had four players score double digits. The leading scorer for Concordia was junior Kasey Bostow with a game-high 22 points. Freshman Mandy Pearson had 12 points followed by senior Mandy Berggren who had 11 points and sophomore Trisha Steinborn who scored 10 points. The leading scorer for Gustavus was Angie Peterson with 21 points.

In the first half, the Cobbers kept it close with good defense and good shooting. The Cobbers shot 48 percent (13-of-27) from the field, while Gustavus shot 43 percent (13-of-30).

However, in the second half, the Gusties turned the game around, shooting an amazing 71 percent (20-of-28) from the field. Gustavus also shot well from long range, hooking up on five-of-seven three-point attempts in the second half. Concordia shot 43 percent (13-of-30) in the second half. The Gusties outscored the Cobbers by 16 in the second half to take the game away from Concordia who led by two at halftime.

The Cobbers, fighting to regain the sixth playoff spot, will have to do so away from their home-court advantage in Memorial Auditorium. Concordia plays its last three MIAC games on the road against Macalester, St. Ben's and Bethel.

Men’s Basketball

The Cobber men’s basketball team still clings to a slim hope of making the playoffs. 

Concordia is currently in seventh place, one-game back from Carleton.

On Wednesday, Concordia pulled out an amazing last minute win against Carleton, 62-60 in a must-win game that went down to the buzzer. Carleton was in sixth place, while Concordia was behind them by one game in seventh place. A loss would have pushed the Cobbers two games behind Carleton.

The Cobber men’s basketball team then lost a lop-sided game Saturday on the road against Gustavus, 90-54.

The Cobbers (8-12, 8-13) had 17 turnovers in the first half and were never able to get in a groove against the tough defense of the Gusties (13-3, 18-3).

Freshmen Soren Nelson and Jared Swanson each scored eight points. The leading scorer for Gustavus was Derek Nelson with a game-high 24 points. The Gusties David Newell recorded a double-double against the Cobbers scoring 14 points and getting 10 boards.

In the first half, the Cobbers could only manage 17 points of offense against a strong Gustie defense. Concordia shot 42 percent (8-of-19) from the field while the Gusties shot 56 percent (15-of-27) from the field to take a 42-17 lead at the half.

In the second half, the Cobbers only turned the ball over six times, but their shooting woes continued, shooting 40 percent (15-of-38) from the field. The Cobbers were able to score 36 points in the second half, but it was too little too late against a powerful Gustavus offensive, which shot 63 percent (19-of-30) from the field in the second half.

Both teams took the same number of shots, 57, but the Cobbers only made 23, while the Gusties hit 34. The Gusties held the rebound edge, 39 to 25. The Cobbers allowed 23 turnovers and Gustavus gave up 14 

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Women’s hockey makes playoffs and history
by Tim Hanson - The Concordian

The Concordia women’s hockey team has done extremely well this year, already tallying 11 conference wins.

The team is currently tied for second place with St. Mary’s (11-2-1, 13-2-1) with two conference games left. The Cobbers (11-4-1, 12-4-1) have qualified for post-season play for the first time since women’s hockey became a MIAC sport in 1999.

“It feels really good. We only won two games the first year,” Junior Katie Jacques said. “In the second season we came close, but didn’t make it. This year we made it. We are excited.”

All four MIAC losses have been at Concordia’s home rink in Moorhead. The team is 10-0-0 on the road, while only 2-4-1 at home.

Arnie Caplan, in his first year as head coach, said that being together on the road and in the hotels before the games helps them to be better prepared than at home where there can be more distractions.

He took over the head coach position after Deb Lien, who had coached the team’s first two seasons, stepped down.

Caplan feels that a lack of depth is one of the team’s main weaknesses, but refused to comment on the previous coach’s recruiting job.

“I don’t want to speculate or talk about what the previous coach did,” Caplan said. “It’s a new program this year. I think she did a good job of starting the program. Now I am here to take it to the next level.”

Concordia was on a roll with a five-game winning steak and led St. Mary’s by four points coming into the two-game home series. But the team had trouble against the great defense and goaltending of the Cardinals Feb. 1 and 2.

“I think the key is to finish our chances and put together 60 minutes of high-tempo play,” Caplan said. “We can’t have any lapses.”

In the 4-3 loss, Concordia Junior Annie Knierim, who was named MIAC co-player of the week last Friday, scored a pure hat-trick, but penalties hurt the Cobbers down the stretch.

“I was stoked because we were winning, but I have never been more frustrated in us, taking the penalties in the third period,” Knierim said. “St. Mary’s didn’t beat us that game, we beat ourselves.”

In the final period with Concordia leading by one, the Cardinals scored two goals on power play opportunities to seal the Cobbers fate. Concordia’s goaltender junior Shyla Wilson made 24 saves in goal for Concordia. 

The Cardinals goaltender Missie Meemken also made 24 saves in the winning effort.

After a tough 4-3 loss against St. Mary’s on Friday night, Concordia was looking to rebound Saturday in their final game of the series.

The Cobbers couldn’t get the puck past the tough goaltending of St. Mary’s, losing 2-1. The Cardinals swept the series with a 2-1 victory Saturday.

In the first period of play, the Cardinals got the only goal of the period by Mindy Westergren at 10:23 on a deflection by Wilson to take a 1-0 lead.

After the first intermission, the Cobbers evened the score 1-1 on a goal by Jacques at 10:48 over the outstretched Meemken on the ice. Jacques has 21 goals on the season.

St. Mary’s was able to score the go ahead goal at 14:29 from Jaimie Mussehl on a slap shot that went past Wilson’s knee pads.

After the final whistle, a fight broke out on the ice and the benches cleared. Concordia’s Wilson and Jacques were each given two minutes for roughing.
Concordia’s Wilson made 21 saves in a losing effort. St. Mary’s Meemken had 22 saves in her ninth win of the season.

The Cobbers now head west for two non-conference games before resuming MIAC play. Concordia’s final two MIAC games are against first-ranked Gustavus on Feb. 15 and 16.

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