Eric Peterson, Published December 30 2010
Concordia women's basketball team falls short of program history with first loss of seasonConcordia fell one point short of program history Wednesday at Memorial Auditorium.
Wisconsin-River Falls – which led by as many as 20 points in the second half – held off a furious Cobbers rally to secure a 63-62 victory in nonconference women’s basketball.
Concordia (6-1) missed a chance to start a season with seven consecutive victories for the first time in program history.
“It was pretty impressive we did come back, and the first half was pretty disappointing,” said Cobbers senior Lindsey Schultz, who had a team-high 16 points. “We can’t put ourselves in that big of a hole and expect to come back. We worked hard in the second half and made it a game.”
The Cobbers trailed 46-27 at halftime and fell behind by 20 points less than a minute into the second half.
“They are a very good basketball team and we were fortunate to get up in the first half like we did,” said Falcons head coach Cindy Holbrook.
Wisconsin-River Falls shot 50 percent (16 of 32) from the field in the first half to build a large halftime cushion. However, the Cobbers had runs of 11-2 and 11-1 in the second half to forge back into contention.
Concordia sliced the Falcons lead to one point on five different occasions in the final five minutes, but the Cobbers never were able to take the lead in the second half. Concordia held only one lead, a 2-0 edge at the start of the first half.
“When you battle back like that and you get so close, it’s almost difficult when you get that close because you want it so badly,” Cobbers head coach Jessica Rahman said.
The Cobbers called timeout with 15 seconds remaining with possession and a chance to score the potential game-winning basket. Concordia didn’t get an easy look at the basket. Sophomore Tricia Sorensen missed a contested 3-pointer from the left wing and the final horn sounded as players from both teams battled for the rebound in the middle of the lane.
Prior to Wednesday, the Cobbers hadn’t played since Dec. 12, a 17-day layoff. Rahman thought it was important her team played a game during the semester break before jumping back into Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play. Concordia hosts MIAC foe Macalester on Monday.
“Our girls came out in the second half and played their hearts out and they wanted it really bad,” Rahman said.
For game’s box score, see Scoreboard on D2.
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