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Chris Murphy, Published January 05 2013

Cobbers cruise by Scots in women's basketball

MOORHEAD – Concordia’s women’s basketball team did not need the program’s largest comeback in history to beat Macalester on Saturday at Memorial Auditorium, as it did in its win over St. Olaf on Wednesday.

The Cobbers were happy with a 72-47 win over the Scots.

“It’s really nice not to be down 27,” Concordia forward Tricia Sorensen said, after netting a season-high 23 points to lead the Cobbers. “It’s definitely nice being up at halftime.”

Concordia (7-3, 6-1) never got to match its big comeback on Saturday against Macalester (4-6, 3-4), simply because the Cobbers never trailed after Erika Jossart’s 3-pointer made it 10-8 Cobbers seven minutes into the game.

After Jossart’s 3-pointer, the Cobbers outscored the Scots 33-15 in the first half and cruised from there. The closest the Scots would get was down 14 in the second half.

“We still had to come out and fight hard,” Sorensen said. “We knew they could have done the same thing to us that we did Wednesday, so we just had to stay aggressive, but being up big is definitely a better spot to be in.”

It’s a better spot to coach in as well.

“First of all, I love coaching with all scores,” Concordia coach Jessica Rahman said, doing her best politician impersonation. “It’s definitely a different vantage point, being up big. We just told them to think of it as a 0-0 game and to just execute like they did in the first half.”

A drive by Kyanna Jones cut the Concordia lead to 54-40 with 9 minutes, 46 seconds remaining, but the Cobbers would seal the victory with an 18-7 run. Outside of Sorensen, Emily Thesing scored 12 and Alexandra Lippert and Erika Jossart added nine each to help pace the Cobbers.

“We have a lot of games coming up, so right now you look at it as building each game,” Rahman said. “We’re changing things here and there to make our game the best possible game it can be. With each game we play, we have to make sure we’re focusing on getting better.”

C (7-3, 6-1): Sorensen 11-16 1-1 23, Lippert 4-10 1-2 9, Jossart 3-6 2-4 9, Thesing 4-10 2-2 12, Fisher 2-7 1-1 6, Gaustad 1-3 0-0 2, Lehner 1-1 0-0 2, Van Meveren 1-2 0-0 2, Januschka 1-3 2-2 5, Jeske 1-1 2, Walloch 0-3 1-2 1. Totals 29-64 10-14 72.

M (4-6, 3-4): Jakubovie 5-12 2-3 12, Jones 6-10 5-7 18, Leyden 0-3 1-2 1, Pike 3-7 0-2 7, Murray 1-2 0-2 2, Drabot 0-2 1-2 1, Whitehead 2-8 0-0 6. Totals 17-51 9-20 47.

Half: C 43, M 23. 3-point goals: C 4-16 (Sorensen 0-1, Jossart 1-3, Thesing 2-6, Fisher 1-3, Gaustad 0-2, Walloch 0-1), M 4-11 (Jones 1-1, Pike 1-2, Weimann 0-2, Murray 0-1, Whitehead 2-5). Total fouls: C 17, M 15. Rebounds: C 47 (Walloch 8, Fisher 6), M 30 (Jakubovie 9). Assists: C 16 (Jossart 7, Thesing 5), M 6 (Jones and Leyden 2). Steals: C 8 (Thesing 4), M 5 (Leyden 2). Turnovers: C 12, M 17.

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