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Eric Peterson, Published February 25 2013

Cobbers earn at-large bid to D-III women's basketball tournament

MOORHEAD – Tricia Sorensen and Emily Thesing were awarded a career extension on Monday afternoon.

The Concordia seniors will get to play at least one more game with the Cobbers, earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III women’s basketball tournament.

The team gathered on Concordia’s campus to watch the selection show on a projection screen.

“I was freaking out,” said Sorensen, who leads the team with 13.9 points per game. “Ever since the loss on Saturday, it’s been a nerve-wracking thing.”

The Cobbers suffered a 59-50 home loss against St. Thomas on Saturday for the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament title. The Tommies earned the MIAC’s automatic bid, while the Cobbers had to wait.

“It was terrible,” Thesing said of the wait. “It was a long two days, but it was worth I guess now.”

The Cobbers (21-6) will play Wisconsin-Stevens Point (23-5) at 5 p.m. Friday at Simpson (Iowa) College in the first round.

The Cobbers last made the national tournament in 2011 when Thesing and Sorensen were sophomores. Concordia earned an automatic bid that season, winning the MIAC tournament.

“It means a lot, knowing that I could have ended my career on that game Saturday was a not a good feeling,” Sorensen said.

The Cobbers scored five points on two baskets in the final 11-plus minutes of Saturday’s loss to St. Thomas. Concordia led by as many as eight points in the second half.

“I don’t think anyone of us wanted to end our season after Saturday’s game,” said Thesing, who averages 13.0 points per game.

The Cobbers – who won the MIAC regular-season championship – earned one of the 20 at-large berths for teams from the conferences that have automatic bids. The tournament field has 64 teams.

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