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Eric Peterson, Published January 26 2013

Cobbers women defeat Augsburg, remain in first place

MOORHEAD – The Bismarck Century pipeline paid off for Concordia on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Auditorium.

Tricia Sorensen, Erika Jossart and Hannah Jeske – who all went to high school at Century – combined for 31 points. They accounted for nearly half of Concordia’s points in a 64-51 victory against Augsburg in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s basketball.

“Tricia and I really read each other well on the floor,” Jossart said. “All three of us playing together on the floor we like to get out and run.”

The Cobbers (14-4, 13-2 MIAC) have won five consecutive games and remain in first place in the conference.

Sorensen, a 5-foot-11 senior forward, paced the Cobbers with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Jossart, a 5-7 junior point guard, had seven points and three assists. Jeske, a 5-8 freshman guard, had eight points off the bench. Jeske was 3-for-3 from the floor, including two 3-pointers.

In her senior season at Century, Jossart was the starting point guard, but had a season-ending knee injury in the opening game. Jeske, who was then a sophomore at Century, took over for the injured Jossart.

“Erika and Tricia kind of have a connection with knowing where each other are going to be on the floor,” Cobbers head coach Jessica Rahman said. “Erika is kind of a big sister for Hannah in a way and is really kind of coaching her along.”

Jeske helped spark a strong bench effort for the Cobbers. Sophomore forward Erin Januschka also scored eight points in a reserve role. Concordia, which had a 26-25 halftime lead, gradually pulled away from the Auggies in the second half. “We didn’t have much bench scoring to start off the year and now a lot of the bench players are starting to come into their own,” Jossart said.

The Cobbers had runs of five, six and seven consecutive points to eventually push their lead into double digits. Sorensen drained two free throws with 3 minutes, 37 seconds remaining. Those points capped a 7-0 run and gave Concordia a 58-41 lead, their largest of the game.

“In the second half, we had to buckle down and be more composed,” Rahman said. “I thought we really got after things a lot better.”

The Cobbers did a better job rebounding in the second half. Augsburg had a 26-14 rebounding advantage at halftime, including 10 offensive rebounds. The Cobbers had an 18-11 rebounding edge after halftime.

AUGSBURG (6-12, 4-11 MIAC): Tichy 6-11 2-4 15, Lillquist 3-7 0-0 6, Skriba 2-8 3-4 7, Luger 3-7 2-4 9, Blood 1-8 2-2 4, Wolf 0-0 0-0 0, Lurken 0-0 0-0 0, Ahlstrom 1-3 0-0 3, Orth 2-5 0-1 4, Scott 0-1 0-0 0, Fitzgerald 1-2 0-0 3, Kopp 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 19-53 9-15 51.

CONCORDIA (14-4, 13-2): Sorensen 5-12 4-4 16, Fisher 2-9 0-1 5, Lippert 3-5 2-3 8, Jossart 2-5 3-4 7, Thesing 4-12 0-0 10, Gaustad 0-1 2-2 2, Januschka 4-6 0-0 8, Jeske 3-3 0-0 8, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Walloch 0-1 0-2 0. Totals 23-54 11-16 64.

Half: CC 26, AC 25. 3-point goals: AC 4-10 (Tichy 1-2, Luger 1-2, Blood 0-2, Ahlstrom 1-2, Scott 0-1, Fitzgerald 1-1), CC 7-15 (Sorensen 2-3, Fisher 1-2, Jossart 0-1, Thesing 2-6, Januschka 0-1, Jeske 2-2). Total fouls: AC 13, CC 15. Rebounds: AC 37 (Lillquist 10), CC 32 (Sorensen 10). Assists: AC 9 (Blood 4), CC 11 (Jossart 3, Thesing 3). Steals: AC 6 (Tichy 2, Orth 2), CC 9 (Januschka 3). Turnovers: AC 13 (Blood 4), CC 9 (Fisher 2, Jossart 2).


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