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Eric Peterson, Published January 22 2014

Lippert reaches 1,000 points as Cobbers women cruise to victory against Macalester

MOORHEAD – Concordia senior Alexandra Lippert started her own exclusive club Wednesday night at Memorial Auditorium.

Lippert scored 14 points to reach 1,000 for her college career. Her effort sparked the Cobbers to a 68-40 victory against Macalester in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s basketball.

In the process, the 6-foot-4 Lippert become the charter member of the 1,000-500-200 club. She is the first player in program history to reach 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 200 blocks in a career.

“It’s kind of unreal,” Lippert said. “It hasn’t hit me yet. There are a lot of great players that have gone through Concordia’s program. Being able to be the first one to do something is a huge honor.”

Lippert has 1,000 points, 630 rebounds and 245 blocks in her career through Wednesday’s game. She grabbed six rebounds and added four blocks to game along with her game-high point total against the Scots.

“She was definitely on a mission to play well tonight,” Concordia head coach Jessica Rahman said of Lippert. “She’s a great teammate with everybody else and I know they’re all excited for her to reach this milestone.”

Lippert reached the points mark with 6 minutes, 30 seconds remaining in the second half. She scored on an 8-foot turnaround in the post, giving the Cobbers a 59-36 lead and her 1,000 career points. Senior guard Erika Jossart fed the ball into Lippert to set up the milestone hoop.

Lippert set it was fitting that Jossart passed her the ball in that situation.

“Right before I shot that last one she said: ‘Go to work, Al.’ ” Lippert said. “I was like: ‘This has to be it.’ It was really cool. We’re best friends. She makes me a better player. It was a great moment.”

After Lippert scored her 1,000th point, several fans in the stands held up yellow sheets of paper that had “1,000” printed on them.

The Cobbers started to pull away from Macalester late in the first half. Concordia finished the half on a 14-4 run. Jossart helped spark that rally, draining a 3-pointer and also adding a steal that led to a layup during that stretch. Freshman guard Greta Walsh capped the surge with a 3-pointer that gave the Cobbers a 37-25 lead with 10 seconds remaining until halftime. Concordia carried that lead into the locker room.

That Cobbers lead didn’t dip into single digits in the second half.

“Macalester is a team that always plays us tough,” Rahman said. “We played well tonight.”

MACALESTER (3-12, 2-10 MIAC): Masterson 0-1 0-0 0, Jakubovie 4-8 0-0 8, Leyden 1-4 0-0 2, Kack 1-5 2-3 4, Murray 2-7 4-4 8, Weimann 0-1 0-0 0, Dickman 0-0 0-0 0, Clamage 0-0 0-0 0, Drabot 0-3 0-1 0, Medinger 2-3 0-0 4, Whitehead 1-6 0-0 3, Pike 5-9 0-0 11, Anderson 0-0 0-0 0, Rice 0-0 0-0 0, Purfeerst 0-2 0-0 0, Rathjens 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-49 6-8 40.

CONCORDIA (12-3, 10-2): Johnson 3-3 0-0 7, Lippert 5-12 4-4 14, Walsh 3-8 0-0 8, Jossart 2-4 0-0 5, Fisher 4-9 1-1 9, Peterson 0-1 0-0 0, Gunderson 1-1 0-0 2, Rosenfeldt 1-1 2-2 4, Jeske 0-2 0-0 0, Forness 1-3 0-1 2, E. Januschka 4-8 2-2 10, J. Januschka 0-1 1-2 1, Walloch 3-4 0-0 6. Totals 27-57 10-12 68.

Half: CC 37, MC 25. 3-point goals: MC 2-13 (Leyden 0-1, Murray 0-3, Weimann 0-1, Drabot 0-1, Whitehead 1-2, Pike 1-4, Purfeerst 0-1), MC 4-9 (Johnson 1-1, Walsh 2-4, Jossart 1-2, Fisher 0-2). Total fouls: MC 14, CC 16. Rebounds: MC 23 (Medinger 5), CC 44 (Lippert 6, E. Januschka 6). Assists: MC 6 (Murray 3), CC 14 (Jossart 4). Steals: MC 5 (five players with 1), CC 8 (Jossart 3). Turnovers: MC 17 (Leyden 3), CC 17 (Walsh 4). A-367.


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