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Eric Peterson, Published December 11 2013

Fisher helps sparks Cobbers with win against Augsburg

MOORHEAD – Alley Fisher was asked prior to Wednesday’s game whether she liked the new baskets at Memorial Auditorium, but she waited to answer.

Her performance during the game would indicate she’s a big fan.

Fisher scored a career-high 26 points to lift Concordia to a 79-59 victory against Augsburg in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s basketball.

“I think I really like them,” Fisher said with a laugh. “They look nice.”

The Cobbers (5-2, 3-1 MIAC) have won four of their past five games. Wednesday was the first game the team played with the new basket standards at Memorial. Prior to that, the baskets had hung from the roof.

“We had two practices on them, but in the end you just have to play,” said Fisher, who made 9 of 14 shots from the field.

Augsburg took a 41-39 lead after senior guard Jill Tichy sank two foul shots with 16 minutes, 56 seconds to play in the second half. The Cobbers countered with a 21-4 run that pushed them into the lead for good. Senior center Alexandra Lippert scored three inside baskets during that game-changing stretch. Freshman forward Mikayla Forness capped the string with a foul shot that gave Concordia a 60-45 lead with 7:52 remaining.

“The defensive pressure for us was a big key, and then offensively we started to execute,” Concordia head coach Jessica Rahman said. “We knew we had to pick up the defensive pressure.”

Fisher had 14 points at halftime before adding 12 points in the second half. The junior’s previous career-high was 21 points, an output that came during her freshman season. The 5-foot-7 guard drained a 3-pointer with 4:25 to play in the second half that gave her team a 68-53 lead and pushed her point total for the game to 24 points. Fisher added a layup with 3:29 remaining to cap her performance.

“I think my teammates were getting me open,” Fisher said. “It just happened to be me tonight.”

Lippert also had a big game for the Cobbers, finishing with 17 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Concordia scored 47 points in the second half, shooting 59 percent (16 of 27) from the floor after halftime.

Rahman, who played on the 1988 Concordia team that won a Division III national championship, was a little bummed to see the old baskets replaced.

“I like things to kind of stay the same even though I know they don’t,” Rahman said with a smile. “I thought the kids made a good, quick adjustment to it and played well.”

AUGSBURG (2-3, 0-3 MIAC): Tichy 6-16 2-4 16, Lillquist 5-8 2-3 12, Luger 2-7 3-5 7, Orth 2-4 2-2 6, Blood 2-10 2-2 6, Wolf 0-1 0-0 0, Anfinson 0-0 0-0 0, Scott 1-1 0-0 2, Fitzgerald 1-2 2-4 4, Kopp 3-8 0-0 6. Totals 22-58 13-20 59.

CONCORDIA (5-2, 3-1): Johnson 2-4 0-0 5, Lippert 6-9 5-6 17, Walsh 5-8 0-0 11, Jossart 0-5 1-2 1, Fisher 9-14 4-5 26, Gunderson 1-2 0-0 2, Rosenfeldt 0-2 0-0 0, Jeske 0-0 0-0 0, Forness 1-1 1-2 3, E. Januschka 3-6 3-5 9, Walloch 2-2 1-1 5. Totals 29-53 15-21 79.

Half: CC 32, AC 30. 3-point goals: AC 2-11 (Tichy 2-4, Luger 0-1, Blood 0-4, Wolf 0-1, Fitzgerald 0-1), CC 6-18 (Johnson 1-3, Walsh 1-3, Jossart 0-3, Fisher 4-8, E. Januschka 0-1). Total fouls: AC 19, CC 20. Rebounds: AC 31 (Lillquist 8), CC 36 (Lippert 11). Assists: AC 6 (Luger 2, Fitzgerald 2), CC 16 (Jossart 5). Steals: AC 13 (Blood 5), CC 9 (Walsh 5). Turnovers: AC 21 (three players with 4), CC 22 (Jossart 5).


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