« Continue Browsing

e-mail article Print     e-mail article E-mail

Eric Peterson, Published January 29 2014

Monster second half sparks Cobbers to home victory

MOORHEAD – In less than 17 minutes, Concordia turned a nine-point deficit into a 30-point lead Wednesday night at Memorial Auditorium. That 39-point swing illustrated how explosive the Cobbers were in the second half.

Concordia scored 58 points after halftime to rally for an 84-59 victory against Bethel in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s basketball.

“We needed that little extra something,” Cobbers head coach Jessica Rahman said. “It’s that intangible that you can’t scout. It’s the coming out and leaving it on the floor. I think that’s what the kids did in the second half.”

The Cobbers (14-3, 12-2 MIAC) have won eight consecutive games. Concordia shot 60 percent (21 of 35) from the field and 100 percent (15 of 15) from the foul line in the second half against Bethel.

“We just came in the locker room and we knew we could play a lot better than what we were playing,” said Concordia senior Kelsey Walloch, who scored six of her 12 points in the second half. “We all gave it our best and came out and played like a team.”

The Cobbers had scoring runs of 10-0, 12-0, 14-0 and 8-0 in the final 20 minutes. The final two scoring surges were part of a 22-2 run that senior Alexandra Lippert capped with an inside basket. That hoop gave Concordia an 82-52 lead with 2 minutes, 5 seconds remaining.

“It was playing fearless, going out there and leaving it on the floor,” Rahman said of her team. “When they do that, they are really fun to watch.”

Bethel appeared in control early in the second half. The Royals took a 37-28 lead after sophomore Rachel Parupsky scored a basket with 18:15 to play in the half. The Cobbers countered with the next 10 points to spark their monster rally. Walloch scored an inside basket during that stretch.

Concordia took the lead for good after sophomore Olivia Johnson hit a short jumper from the wing for a 45-43 edge with 13:10 remaining. Johnson’s hoop started a string of 12 consecutive Concordia points.

“I think it was how we were playing together,” Walloch said. “We were trying to get everyone involved and then we were talking on defense.”

The Cobbers got off to a slow start, scoring 26 points in the first half. The Royals scored the game’s first nine points en route to a 33-26 halftime edge. Concordia shot 42 percent (11 of 26) from the floor and also committed 11 turnovers in the first half.

“They played fantastic in the first half,” Rahman said of Bethel. “We struggled so much.”

BETHEL (12-5, 10-4 MIAC): Zimmerman 3-6 4-6 10, Parupsky 3-6 2-2 8, Niewald 7-13 3-3 18, Friesen 2-9 0-0 4, Petrich 0-2 0-0 0, Moorse 3-7 3-6 9, Vavra 1-5 0-0 3, Jans 0-0 0-0 0, Brodeur 1-3 0-0 2, Schultz 1-6 0-0 3, Munsterteiger 0-0 0-0 0, Parker 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 22-60 12-17 59.

CONCORDIA (14-3, 12-2): Johnson 4-7 0-0 8, Lippert 4-6 0-0 8, Walsh 5-11 5-5 16, Jossart 3-7 4-4 10, Fisher 1-3 7-8 9, Peterson 1-1 0-0 2, Gunderson 0-0 0-0 0, Rosenfeldt 1-3 0-0 2, Jeske 2-3 0-0 4, Forness 2-4 0-0 5, E. Januschka 4-5 0-1 8, J. Januschka 0-1 0-0 0, Olson 0-1 0-0 0, Walloch 5-9 2-3 12. Totals 32-61 18-21 84.

Half: BU 33, CC 26. 3-point goals: BU 3-15 (Zimmerman 0-1, Niewald 1-1, Friesen 0-3, Petrich 0-1, Vavra 1-5, Schultz 1-4), CC 2-7 (Johnson 0-2, Walsh 1-1, Jossart 0-2, Rosenfeldt 0-1, Forness 1-1). Total fouls: BU 16, CC 15. Rebounds: BU 24 (Zimmerman 4, Parupsky 4), CC 49 (Johnson 13). Assists: BU 7 (Petrich 4), CC 19 (Walsh 4, Jossart 4). Steals: BU 9 (Zimmerman 2, Petrich 2), CC 8 (Walsh 2, Fisher 2). Turnovers: BU 17 (Niewald 3, Petrich 3), CC 19 (Walsh 7). A-232.


Readers can reach Forum reporter

Eric Peterson at (701) 241-5513.

Peterson’s blog can be found

at peterson.areavoices.com