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Eric Peterson, Published November 28 2012

Cobbers women defeat Bethel in conference opener

MOORHEAD – Concordia had the Emily Thesing “effect” going Wednesday night at Memorial Auditorium.

The senior poured in a game-high 23 points to help spark Concordia to a 61-48 victory against Bethel in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s basketball at Memorial Auditorium.

“I kind of like to refer to it as a ‘fist-pump thing,’ ” Cobbers head coach Jessica Rahman said. “She gets everybody fired up, including me. She’s willing to step up and do some of those things at times when we need her to do them, and hit the big shots. She did that tonight.”

The game was the conference and home opener for the Cobbers, who improved to 2-2 overall this season.

“It’s always good to get that win,” Thesing said. “I think we played really good team defense. This is momentum going into the rest of the conference.”

Thesing made 8 of 17 shots from the field, including three 3-pointers. The

5-foot-7 guard drained a pair of 3-pointers during a key run in the second half that helped ice the outcome for the Cobbers.

“I had a good warm-up,” Thesing said. “Before we started warming up as a team I came out with coach and had a hot hand. I guess the confidence carried over. I haven’t shot well at Memorial in a long time so it felt good.”

Bethel cut the Concordia lead to 40-37 after senior guard Kristi Nye Studanski scored a basket with 11 minutes, 30 seconds remaining. The Cobbers countered with the next 14 points to pull away for good.

Concordia center Alex Lippert started the rally with a basket off a rebound. Thesing put the finishing touches on the scoring spree with back-to-back

3-pointers. Thesing sank a 3-point shot from the left wing that staked Concordia to a 54-37 lead with 6:10 remaining.

Rahman was pleased with the way her team responded after Bethel had cut Concordia’s 10-point halftime lead to three points.

“Bethel made a great run at us,” Rahman said. “We figured out a few things and put a stop to it and we came back hard at it and scored the points that we needed to score.”

Concordia limited Bethel to nine points over the game final 11-plus minutes. Bethel shot 38 percent (19 of 50) from the field.

“I loved the way we played defense,” Rahman said. “Offensively, we had good spurts. We just need to get a little more consistent with that.”

BETHEL (0-2): Montbriand 3-8 0-0 9, Parupsky 7-14 1-4 15, Swenson 1-5 2-2 4, Vavra 2-6 0-0 6, Studanski 4-9 0-0 8, Dorn 1-3 0-0 3, Berscheid 1-4 0-0 2, Dahlquist 0-1 0-0 0, Parker 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 19-50 4-8 48.

CONCORDIA (2-2): Sorensen 6-12 2-2 14, Lippert 3-8 0-1 6, Jossart 0-3 2-2 2, Thesing 8-17 4-5 23, Fisher 1-7 3-3 6, Rosenfeldt 1-1 0-0 2, Gaustad 1-2 0-0 2, Januschka 0-2 0-0 0, Jeske 0-1 0-0 0, Johnson 1-2 0-0 2, Walloch 1-3 2-4 4, Langin 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-59 13-17 61.

Half: CC 31, BU 21. 3-point goals: BU 6-17 (Montbriand 3-5, Parupsky 0-1, Swenson 0-1, Vavra 2-6, Studanski 0-2, Dorn 1-2), CC 4-18 (Sorensen 0-4, Jossart 0-2, Thesing 3-8, Fisher 1-4). Total fouls: BU 12, CC 10. Rebounds: BU 26 (Parupsky 8), CC 45 (Thesing 8). Assists: BU 5 (Swenson 3), CC 11 (Fisher 4). Steals: BU 4 (Vavra 2, Studanski 2), CC 10 (Jossart 3). Turnovers: BU 16 (Studanski 5, Dorn 5), CC 14 (Thesing 5).

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