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Eric Peterson, Published January 20 2011

Hot shooting sets tone for Concordia women's basketball team in victory

If Concordia was experiencing any winter doldrums, the Cobbers got their groove back Wednesday night at Memorial Auditorium.

The Cobbers shot a scorching 62 percent from the field and cruised to an 85-58 victory against St. Olaf in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s basketball.

The Cobbers (10-4, 8-3 MIAC) have won their last two games after losing their previous three. Concordia remained in third place in the MIAC standings.

“Mentally we are more focused and we know what we want to do and how we are going to do it,” said senior Maggie Bauernfeind, who scored a game-high 23 points. “I think it was more of a ‘finally’ type game. We were very determined to play a full game.”

The Cobbers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 74-67 overtime home victory against St. Catherine on Monday. They built off that success with a more decisive win against St. Olaf.

“It gets to be a long, drawn-out season and sometimes teams hit spots in the season where they’re maybe not playing with the same level of intensity and the same level of fire,” Cobbers coach Jessica Rahman said. “We’ve got to play with that passion and that fire and it’s back. We just needed to respond back with that fire and confidence that I like to see us play with.”

The Cobbers ripped open the game with an 18-5 run to start the second half. Bauernfeind scored the first eight Concordia points during that game-changing rally, including two 3-pointers. Senior guard Lindsey Schultz capped the surge with a 17-footer from the left wing that staked the Cobbers to a 55-33 lead with 15 minutes, 37 seconds remaining.

“We had that fire from the beginning and we had that excitement from the beginning and gave the energy to play the whole time,” Bauernfeind said.

A 5-foot-8 guard, Bauernfeind was efficient on offense. She shot 75 percent from both the field (9 of 12) and 3-point range (3 of 4). The Cobbers shot 56 percent (10 of 18) from 3-point range for the game.

“Everything was going right for us on offense,” Bauernfeind said. “People were finding me in the flow and I was going hard to the basket.”

ST. OLAF (8-7, 5-7 MIAC): Haglund 3-8 5-8 11, Neuger 0-0 1-2 1, Rotty 0-5 0-0 0, Wolter 4-11 3-5 12, Euerle 1-4 2-2 4, Bates 0-2 2-2 2, Ehrich 1-3 1-2 3, O’Donoghue 2-4 2-3 7, Wilson 0-0 0-0 0, Menzel 1-3 1-1 3, Zopfi 2-7 0-0 4, Lauer 2-9 0-0 4, Raney 3-5 1-7 7. Totals 19-61 18-32 58.

CONCORDIA (10-4, 8-3): Schultz 3-4 3-4 9, Lippert 0-2 1-2 1, B. Jossart 3-4 2-3 9, Nord 4-6 2-4 11, Bauernfeind 9-12 2-2 23, E. Jossart 0-0 1-2 1, Vance 0-2 0-0 0, Herbranson 2-3 0-0 5, Thesing 5-6 0-0 13, Sorensen 3-5 0-0 7, Lymburner 1-2 1-2 3, Benjamin 0-0 0-0 0, Walloch 1-3 1-1 3, Demmer 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 31-50 13-20 85.

Half: CC 37, SO 28. 3-point goals: SO 2-12 (Rotty 0-1, Wolter 1-6, Bates 0-1, O’Donoghue 1-2, Zopfi 0-1, Lauer 0-1), CC 10-18 (B. Jossart 1-2, Nord 1-2 , Bauernfeind 3-4, Vance 0-2, Herbranson 1-2, Thesing 3-4, Sorensen 1-1, Demmer 0-1). Total fouls: SO 17, CC 20. Fouled out: Lippert. Rebounds: SO 34 (Euerle 7), CC 35 (Lymburner 6). Assists: SO 10 (Euerle 4), CC 16 (B. Jossart 4). Steals: SO 8 (Rotty 2), CC 10 (Schultz 3). Turnovers: SO 19 (Rotty 4), CC 22 (Thesing 5).


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