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Eric Peterson, Published February 13 2013

Sorensen earns milestone during Cobbers' lopsided victory

MOORHEAD – The Cobbers had an eventful Wednesday evening, clinching a share of a conference title, reaching two individual milestones and playing for a cause.

Senior forward Tricia Sorensen surpassed 1,000 career points to help Concordia cruise to an 80-46 victory against St. Catherine in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s basketball at Memorial Auditorium.

“Even to share the title is a huge deal,” said Sorensen, who finished with 12 points and has 1,007 for her career.

The Cobbers (19-5, 18-3) earned the No. 1 seed for the MIAC playoffs. They hadn’t won or shared on MIAC regular-season title since 1989-90. Concordia is set to host a MIAC semifinal game at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 21. The Cobbers host Gustavus on Saturday to close the regular season.

“I’m super proud of the kids, but I already started thinking about Saturday’s game,” Cobbers head coach Jessica Rahman said.

On a night when the Cobbers played their annual breast cancer awareness game, junior Alexandra Lippert joined Sorensen in the milestone department. Lippert eclipsed 500 career rebounds. The 6-foot-4 center ranks No. 16 on the program’s all-time list with 504 behind Sorensen, who has 529. Sorensen is the 10th player in program history to reach 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in a career.

“It was fantastic,” Rahman said. “It was such a great illustration about what this group is all about.”

Sorensen drained a 3-pointer from the left wing with 4 minutes, 42 seconds remaining in the first half to hit 1,000 points on the button. That basket also gave the Cobbers a 33-17 lead.

Senior guard Emily Thesing assisted on Sorensen’s milestone bucket, driving into the lane before kicking a pass out to Sorensen on the wing.

“Emily Thesing, she definitely wanted to be the one that gave Tricia the assist for that 1,000th point,” Rahman said.

After Sorensen swished the 3-pointer, Thesing hugged Sorensen as the two were heading back to the defensive end.

“I said, ‘We have to go play defense,’ and she said, ‘She doesn’t care. We are going to celebrate,’ “Sorensen said with a smile. “It was a very special moment.”

Sorensen didn’t reach 1,000 points in her high school career at Bismarck Century.

The Cobbers shot 56 percent (18 of 32) in the first half to build a 43-25 halftime lead. Concordia started the second half on a 22-4 run to push that lead to 36 points. The Cobbers led by as many as 41 points in the second half.

“I’m really proud of Tricia reaching that milestone and Alex reaching her milestone,” Rahman said.

ST. CATHERINE (2-22, 1-20 MIAC): Cowan 2-6 0-2 5, Neumann 1-9 0-0 3, Horsch 4-12 2-2 11, Mong 3-5 5-8 11, Lee 3-12 0-0 8, Padilla 1-4 0-0 2, Baker 2-7 0-1 4, Pertler 1-2 0-0 2, Marquez 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-57 7-13 46.

CONCORDIA (19-5, 18-3): Sorensen 5-10 1-2 12, Lippert 6-8 1-3 13, Jossart 6-8 0-0 13, Thesing 2-7 0-1 4, Fisher 3-8 4-4 12, Rosenfeldt 1-2 1-2 3, Gaustad 1-2 0-0 2, Lehner 1-1 2-2 4, Januschka 3-4 2-2 8, Jeske 1-2 0-0 3, Johnson 2-5 0-0 6, Walloch 0-0 0-0 0, Langin 0-1 0-0 0, Ulmer 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 31-62 11-16 80.

Half: CC 43, SCU 25. 3-point goals: SCU 5-27 (Cowan 1-5, Neumann 1-7, Horsch 1-4, Lee 2-6, Padilla 0-1, Baker 0-3, Pertler 0-1), CC 7-18 (Sorensen 1-4, Jossart 1-2, Thesing 0-2, Fisher 2-5, Rosenfeldt 0-1, Jeske 1-1, Johnson 2-2, Ulmer 0-1). Total fouls: SCU 17, CC 14. Rebounds: SCU 31 (Baker 6), SCU 48 (Thesing 7). Assists: SCU 5 (Padilla 3), CC 23 (Jossart 8). Steals: SCU 9 (Baker 5), CC 9 (Thesing 3). Turnovers: 16 (Baker 5), CC 12 (Thesing 3). A-201.

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