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Eric Peterson, Published January 28 2012

Balanced Augsburg cools off Cobbers

MOORHEAD – A pair of six-minute scoring droughts – one in each half – proved too much for Concordia to overcome Saturday at Memorial Auditorium.

Augsburg took advantage.

The Auggies had four different players score in double digits en route to a 61-47 victory against the Cobbers in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s basketball at Memorial Auditorium.

“We were taking a shot with like two seconds off the shot clock,” said Cobbers center Alexandra Lippert, who had 14 points and 10 rebounds. “We weren’t really running through our offense. … I think we kind of psyched ourselves out. We were afraid to drive it in there and we were just in a hurry.”

The Cobbers (11-7, 9-6 MIAC) had a three-game winning streak halted.

“You could tell the frustration on the kids’ faces because they wanted it to be different,” Cobbers coach Jess Rahman said. “That just gives them a little more drive to be working harder and harder.”

Concordia’s first six-minute scoreless drought started midway through the first half. During that stagnant stretch, Augsburg scored nine unanswered points.

Junior Brittany Dyshaw capped that surge with a 15-foot jumper from the left wing. That shot gave the Auggies a 29-13 lead with 3 minutes, 30 seconds to play in the first half.

“They played good defense early on,” Rahman said of Augsburg. “Then if you get down to a team and you are trying to make things happen. Then you start to press a little bit. The offense doesn’t flow like you would like it to flow.”

The Cobbers second six-minute scoreless stretch came in the second half after Concordia had cut the Augsburg lead to single digits. This time the Auggies scored 10 consecutive points. Senior forward Nikki Borkhius capped that rally with a basket that staked Augsburg to a 51-33 lead with 9:50 remaining in the second half.

Concordia shot 37 percent (19 of 52) from the field and 19 percent (3 of 16) from 3-point range. In contrast, Augsburg shot 45 percent (21 of 47) from the floor and committed nine turnovers.

“We are usually getting that energy from the defense and getting easy baskets,” Rahman said.

Augsburg swept the two-game season series against the Cobbers, also earning a 62-41 home victory on Dec. 3. Concordia hadn’t lost to Augsburg at home or been swept by the Auggies in the season series until Saturday.

Concordia has a 58-4 record in the all-time series against Augsburg, dating back to the 1979-80 season.

“I think maybe we took them too lightly or just didn’t come out ready to play,” Lippert said.

AUGSBURG (11-7, 8-7): Ware 2-6 0-0 4, Zins 4-10 1-2 10, Borkhuis 3-4 3-4 10, Thompson 2-4 2-4 6, Levine 3-4 5-6 12, Van Dyk 0-0 0-0 0, Wolf 0-1 0-0 0, Bostick 0-4 0-0 0, Lurken 0-0 0-0 0, Dyshaw 5-8 2-4 12, Luger 2-6 2-3 7, Darden 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-47 15-23 61.

CONCORDIA (11-7, 9-6): Sorensen 4-12 2-2 11, Lippert 7-10 0-0 14, Jossart 0-5 0-0 0, Vance 1-4 0-0 3, Thesing 2-9 2-2 7, Beseman 0-0 0-0 0, Rosedahl 1-1 0-0 2, Fisher 3-8 2-2 8, Spoonsler 0-0 0-0 0, Benjamin 1-2 0-0 2, Walloch 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 19-52 6-6 47.

Half: AC 32, CC 20. 3-point goals: AC 4-8 (Zins 1-3, Borkhuis 1-1, Levine 1-1, Wolf 0-1, Luger 1-2), CC 3-16 (Sorensen 1-5, Jossart 0-3, Vance 1-1, Thesing 1-4, Fisher 0-3). Total fouls: AC 11, CC 19. Rebounds: AC 32 (Borkhuis 6, Luger 6), CC 31 (Lippert 10). Assists: AC 11 (Thompson 4), CC 8 (Vance 3, Thesing 3). Steals: AC 6 (Dyshaw 2), CC 4 (four players with 1). Turnovers: AC 9 (Ware 3), CC 13 (Vance 5).