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Eric Peterson, Published December 07 2010

Women's basketball: Sorensen, Nord lead Cobbers to win, Sophomore comes off bench to net 18

Concordia coach Jessica Rahman knows Tricia Sorensen is capable of performances like Sorensen had Monday at Memorial Auditorium.

Sorensen poured in 18 points off the bench to help spark the Cobbers to an 81-37 victory in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s basketball.

The game was the home and MIAC opener for Concordia (5-0, 3-0 MIAC) as it remained undefeated this season.

“She is definitely a gym rat,” Rahman said of Sorensen. “She is in here all the time shooting, shooting, shooting and that shows. She spends a lot of time doing that extra stuff. When she gets into a rhythm like that … she’s pretty tough.”

Sorensen finished with 18 points, including 10 in the first half. The 5-foot-11 sophomore shot 78 percent (7 of 9) from the field and was 3-for-3 on 3-pointers. Sorensen had been averaging 6.3 points per game through the first four contests.

“I was just catching passes in rhythm and trying not to think about it and just take the shot,” Sorensen said. “My teammates were hitting me when I was open so it was good. … We were moving the ball really well. We have a lot of great shooters. If we find open looks, most of the time we’ll put them in.”

Concordia didn’t miss many open looks Monday. The Cobbers shot 57 percent (35 of 62) from the field and 57 percent (8 of 14) from 3-point range.

The Cobbers started to take charge midway through the first half, going an 11-3 run. Five different Concordia players scored during that stretch. Senior guard Erica Nord capped the surge with an inside basket that staked the Cobbers to a 29-15 lead with 5 minutes, 59 seconds to play in the first half. Nord finished with 17 points, joining Sorensen in double figures scoring.

The Cobbers lead didn’t dip into single digits in the game’s final 27 minutes.

“When we get after things defensively like that we’re into the flow of the game and we shoot the ball a lot better,” Rahman said. “When you get into a flow like that we get a few things in transition and it sets us up offensively.”

In contrast, Carleton (3-3, 2-1) struggled from the field. The Knights shot 22 percent (11 of 51) from the floor and went scoreless for more than nine minutes in one stretch in the second half that translated into a 21-0 Concordia run. The Cobbers forced 24 turnovers and had 16 steals.

“We knew that we needed to bring our defensive intensity back to a normal level,” Rahman said. “That was our big focus tonight.”

CARLETON (3-3, 2-1 MIAC): Arzouman 3-13 2-3 10, Youso 1-4 1-2 3, Purfeerst 0-4 4-4 4, Weaver 1-7 3-4 6, Ramey 2-11 1-2 5, Buttrey 0-1 0-0 0, Kramer 1-3 0-0 2, Brown 1-4 0-0 3, Bakken 0-0 0-1 0, Meads 2-3 0-0 4, Dodd 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 11-51 11-16 37.

CONCORDIA (5-0, 3-0): Schultz 2-5 0-0 4, Lippert 4-5 0-0 8, B. Jossart 2-3 0-0 6, Nord 7-11 1-3 17, Bauernfeind 4-7 0-0 8, E. Jossart 1-2 0-0 2, Vance 1-4 0-0 2, Herbranson 1-1 0-0 2, Thesing 1-5 1-2 4, Sorensen 7-9 1-2 18, Lymburner 2-5 0-0 4, Benjamin 2-3 0-1 4, Walloch 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 35-62 3-8 81.

Half: Concordia 40, Carleton 20. 3-point goals: Carleton 4-14 (Arzouman 2-9, Weaver 1-2, Ramey 0-1, Buttrey 0-1, Brown 1-1), Concordia 8-14 (Schultz 0-1, B. Jossart 2-2, Nord 2-2, Bauernfeind 0-1, Vance 0-1, Thesing 1-4, Sorensen 3-3). Rebounds: Carleton 26 (Meads 5), Concordia 36 (Bauernfeind 8). Assists: Carleton 5 (five players with 1), Concordia 20 (Nord 4). Steals: Carleton 3 (three players with 1), Concordia 16 (Thesing 5). Turnovers: Carleton 24 (Weaver 7), Concordia 8 (eight players with 1).


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