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Eric Peterson, Published January 12 2013

Pilgrim leads Hamline past Cobbers women in overtime

MOORHEAD – Hamline became the first road team to solve Memorial Auditorium this season.

Pipers senior Steph Pilgrim poured in a game-high 29 points Saturday. Her effort lifted Hamline to a 73-66 overtime victory against the Cobbers in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s basketball.

“They’re a good team. They made shots,” said Concordia senior Tricia Sorensen, who scored a team-high 19 points. “They’re a quick-paced team. I think they got us playing a little faster than we wanted to.”

Concordia (9-4, 8-2 MIAC) had its six-game winning streak snapped, losing for the first time since Dec. 3. The Cobbers had won their first five home games this season by an average margin of 16.4 points per game.

“They came out like gangbusters,” Cobbers head coach Jessica Rahman said. “They got things rolling on the offensive and defensive end.”

The Pipers led by as many as 15 points in the first half and took and

31-23 lead into halftime. The Cobbers then surged into the lead with a 20-1 run that started with less than 14 minutes to play in the second half.

Sorensen scored nine points during that momentum-shifting rally. Sophomore guard Alley Fisher capped the surge with a basket off a rebound that gave Concordia a 51-45 lead with 8 minutes, 2 seconds remaining.

“I thought they played terrific defense,” Rahman said of Hamline. “We made an adjustment in the second half that seemed to be a good one.”

The Cobbers had a chance for victory late in regulation. Concordia trailed 60-59 with 23 seconds to play in the second half with center Alexandra Lippert at the foul line. The 6-foot-4 junior sank both free throws, but the second one was wiped off due to a Concordia lane violation.

The scored was knotted at 60-60 at the end of regulation.

Concordia scored the first six points in overtime, but the Pipers responded with the final 13 points of the game. Pilgrim helped spark that final push with a 3-pointer from the left wing. Hamline made 10 of 10 free throws in overtime.

Pilgrim made 9 of 15 shots from the field for the game, including 5-for-5 shooting from 3-point range.

“We knew she was good. We knew she was a good 3-point shooter,” Sorensen said. “We tried to contain her, but she was on tonight. We tried to stop the 3s and she would drive. She is a tough matchup.”

HAMLINE (5-8, 5-5 MIAC): Vogt 2-8 0-0 4, Brown 1-7 1-2 3, Sammons 5-14 6-7 16, Pilgrim 9-15 6-6 29, Poirier 4-15 1-1 10, Lee 0-2 0-0 0, Daniels 0-3 2-2 2, Usgaard 3-4 0-0 9, Behrman 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 24-70 16-18 73.

CONCORDIA (9-4, 8-2): Sorensen 9-17 1-1 19, Lippert 4-10 3-4 11, Jossart 1-5 3-4 6, Thesing 2-9 4-6 9, Fisher 4-11 2-2 10, Rosenfeldt 1-1 0-0 2, Gaustad 0-2 0-0 0, Lehner 0-0 0-0 0, Januschka 1-3 1-2 3, Johnson 1-3 2-2 4, Walloch 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 24-65 16-21 66.

Half: HU 31, CC 23. 3-point goals: HU 9-28 (Vogt 0-5, Brown 0-2, Sammons 0-1, Pilgrim 5-5, Poirier 1-9, Lee 0-1, Usgaard 3-4, Behrman 0-1), CC 2-16 (Sorensen 0-3, Jossart 1-4, Thesing 1-5, Fisher 0-3, Gaustad 0-1). Total fouls: HU 22, CC 18. Fouled out: Jossart. Rebounds: HU 43 (Vogt 9), CC 46 (Lippert 7). Assists: HU 12 (three players with 3), CC 10 (Jossart 5). Steals: HU 13 (Brown 4), CC 4 (Sorensen 2). Turnovers: HU 13 (Pilgrim 3), CC 18 (Thesing 6).


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