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By Eric Peterson, Published January 25 2009

Nord leads way to win: Cobbers beat Gusties, stay in first place

Erica Nord enjoyed a torrid start Saturday at Memorial Auditorium, scoring 10 points less than 3½ minutes into the game.

Nord’s early surge helped fuel Concordia to a 71-58 victory against Gustavus in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s basketball.

“You don’t even think about it,” said Nord, who finished with 16 points. “You just try to do what you can to make the team successful. … We’re a team and it doesn’t matter who scores, who passes. We don’t care who gets the credit as long as the team gets the victory.”

The Cobbers (12-4, 11-2 MIAC) have won five games in a row and remained in first place in the conference.

Nord played a hand in the Cobbers’ first 14 points against Gustavus. She followed up her quick 10 points with assists on the next two Concordia baskets, helping her team build a 14-4 lead less than five minutes into the game.

“When she does things like that it’s the tough competitor who comes out in her,” Concordia coach Jessica Rahman said.

Nord scored her first six points on 3-pointers before adding a long jumper and a bucket in the paint. The 5-foot-7 sophomore’s layup with 16 minutes, 50 seconds to play in the first half capped her individual scoring streak and staked the Cobbers to a 10-4 lead.

“We just wanted to be aggressive as a team,” Nord said. “We just wanted to come out as a team and play hard.”

Gustavus cut the Concordia lead to 56-50 with 8 minutes to play in the second half after an Emily Nelson layup. The Cobbers responded with 13 of the next 15 points to turn away the Gusties.

Junior guard Sara Sorbo capped the rally with an inside basket, staking the Cobbers to a 69-52 lead with 2:33 to play.

Concordia freshman Jenna Green scored four points during that key late surge and finished with a team-high 19 points. The

5-foot-10 post hit 9 of 10 shots from the field.

“She can do so many things on both ends of the floor,” Rahman said. “She can play inside, she can play outside. She does a lot of things on the floor that really help us.”

GUSTAVUS (10-5, 8-4 MIAC): Geske 6-10 0-0 14, Layman 3-4 0-0 6, Radtke 5-12 2-2 12, Schultz 2-6 2-2 6, Nelson 3-8 2-2 9, Steffenhaugen 0-1 0-0 0, Ruane 0-0 0-0 0, Prunty 1-1 1-2 3, Mathiowetz 0-2 0-0 0, Shay 0-0 0-0 0, Perry 2-6 4-4 8, Holm 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-50 11-12 58.

CONCORDIA (11-4, 10-2): Green 9-10 0-0 19, Freudenberg 6-14 0-0 14, Schultz 2-5 0-0 4, Nord 6-10 0-0 16, Sorbo 3-9 0-0 6, Jossart 0-2 2-2 2, Matetich 2-6 0-0 6, Bauernfeind 1-3 0-0 2, Grabowski 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 30-61 2-2 71.

Half: CC 35, GAC 29. 3-point goals: GAC 3-10 (Geske 2-4, Radtke 0-1, Schultz 0-1, Nelson 1-2, Perry 0-2), CC 9-20 (Green 1-2, Freudenberg 2-4, Nord 4-6, Sorbo 0-4, Matetich 2-3, Bauernfeind 0-1). Total fouls: GAC 11, CC 11. Rebounds: GAC 27 (Schultz 7), CC 32 (Schultz 7, Sorbo 7). Assists: GAC 10 (Radtke 3, Schultz 3), CC 24 (Freudenberg 10). Steals: GAC 11 (Geske 4, Nelson 4), CC 13 (Schultz 4, Sorbo 4). Turnovers: GAC 19, CC 19.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513. Peterson’s blogs can be found at www.areavoices.com