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Forum staff reports , Published January 09 2013

Cobbers women extend winning streak to six games

By Eric Peterson

epeterson@forumcomm.com

MOORHEAD – Not even a social media jinx could prevent Emily Thesing from having a strong game Wednesday night at Memorial Auditorium.

Thesing made 8 of 13 shots from the field as she scored a game-high 22 points. Her effort helped spark Concordia to an 81-68 victory against St. Benedict in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s basketball.

The part that didn’t go well for Thesing was foul shooting.

She made 5 of 9 free throws, good for 56 percent.

“I just wasn’t on today,” Thesing said.

Earlier in the day, the Concordia sports information department sent a tweet that pointed out Thesing ranked third in the MIAC foul shooting. The 5-foot-7 guard was shooting 86.2 percent from the foul line entering the game.

“It’s a jinx,” Thesing said with a laugh.

The Cobbers (9-3, 8-1 MIAC) have won six consecutive games and haven’t lost since Dec. 3. Concordia is tied for second place in the conference with Gustavus, one game behind St. Thomas.

“Playing defense tough and playing well together has made the big difference,” Cobbers head coach Jessica Rahman said of her team’s hot streak.

The Cobbers led by as many as 18 points after halftime and weathered a strong St. Benedict rally midway through the second half. Blazers senior Morgan Dale, from Jamestown, N.D., helped fuel the rally. Dale scored 14 of her 16 points in the second half.

The 5-foot-10 forward scored 10 points during a

19-5 run that trimmed the Concordia lead to four points. St. Benedict freshman Mattie Lueck capped the rally with two free throws that cut the Cobbers lead to 58-54 with 10 minutes, 26 seconds remaining.

“We stayed positive, kept up the energy … and made our shots,” Dale said of her team’s rally.

Dale had more than 20 family and friends in the crowd with Moorhead being about 100 miles from Jamestown.

“There is a little bit of everyone here. It was special,” said Dale, who also grabbed five rebounds. “I was really excited for this game and pretty disappointed that we lost.”

After St. Benedict cut the lead to four, the Cobbers countered with 13 of the next 15 points. Thesing sparked that surge with a

3-point play. Senior forward Tricia Sorensen added an inside basket that gave Concordia a 71-56 lead with 6:02 remaining.

“We took it hard to the basket and I think that was a big difference for us,” Rahman said. “Our kids that were hot, they took the ball and they got to the rack and either got fouled or made their layups.”

CSB (8-4, 6-3 MIAC): Dale 7-11 0-0 16, Fischer 0-3 1-2 1, Hughes 1-1 0-3 2, Canton 0-6 5-6 5, Barrett 8-14 2-5 19, M. Lueck 2-8 3-5 7, Wollin 4-5 3-3 12, Alexander 1-4 0-2 2, E. Lueck 0-2 0-0 0, Koch 1-2 0-0 2, Hylla 1-2 0-1 2. Totals 25-58 14-27 68.

CONCORDIA (9-3, 8-1): Sorensen 6-14 2-2 15, Lippert 2-7 2-2 6, Jossart 4-8 0-1 8, Thesing 8-13 5-9 22, Fisher 2-5 6-6 11, Gaustad 2-5 0-0 5, Lehner 0-1 0-0 0, Van Meveren 0-0 0-0 0, Januschka 1-2 0-0 2, Johnson 2-4 1-1 5, Walloch 2-3 3-4 7. Totals 29-62 19-25 81.

Half: CC 41, CSB 28. 3-point goals: CSB 4-12 (Dale 2-4, Fischer 0-2, Canton 0-1, Barrett 1-1, Wollin 1-2, Alexander 0-1, Hylla 0-1), CC 4-13 (Sorensen 1-1, Jossart 0-1, Thesing 1-3, Fisher 1-3, Gaustad 1-2, Lehner 0-1, Januschka 0-1, Johnson 0-1). Total fouls: CSB 19, CC 21. Rebounds: CSB 39 (three players with 5), CC 37 (Sorensen 7). Assists: CSB 6 (Canton 2, Barrett 2), CC 11 (Jossart 4). Steals: CSB 8 (E. Lueck 2, Koch 2), CC 7 (Sorensen 2, Fisher 2). Turnovers: CSB 14 (Alexander 3), CC 10 (Thesing 6).

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Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513.

Peterson’s blog can be found

at peterson.areavoices.com