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Eric Peterson, Published February 10 2014

Walsh sparks Cobbers women to home victory

MOORHEAD – Greta Walsh showed her acrobatic ability early in the second half at Memorial Auditorium.

The freshman made a slick layup in transition and added a reverse layup for the first four points after halftime. Those two buckets sparked a 51-point Concordia second half, which fueled an 84-60 victory against Carleton on Monday in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women’s basketball.

“She has a lot of control over the ball when she drives, and she can kind of pause in the air it seems like, which is very cool,” Cobbers senior Alley Fisher said of Walsh.

Walsh finished with a career-high 21 points on 8-for-16 shooting from the field. The 5-foot-5 guard’s previous career-best was 16 points.

“I feel like tonight I took it to the (basket) more and I think that helped me out,” Walsh said. “I read the defense and that’s what they gave me.”

The Cobbers (18-4, 16-3 MIAC) have won 12 of their past 13 games. They host St. Thomas at 1 p.m. Saturday in a game that could help Concordia earn the No. 2 seed (possibly higher) for the conference tournament with a victory.

“St. Thomas is a big game and it’s going to decide where we’re at for the playoffs,” said Fisher, who scored 14 points against Carleton.

Carleton shot 48 percent (11 of 23) in the first half to build a 36-33 halftime lead. That lead evaporated early in the second half with the Cobbers scoring the first 10 points after halftime.

Walsh started that run with her back-to-back layups. The first one came in transition, where she cut across the face of the basket and spun the ball off the glass into the basket. She followed that with a reverse layup that gave the Cobbers a 37-36 lead with 17 minutes, 11 seconds to play in the second half. Concordia never trailed from that point.

“It’s something I’ve kind of always done,” Walsh said of her unique layups. “I’ve been practicing that since I was young.”

The Cobbers shot 65 percent (20 of 31) from the field and 82 percent (9 of 11) from the foul line in the second half to vault into the lead and eventually pull away. Carleton dressed seven players for the game, while Concordia had 14 different players get playing time. Carleton had four players who played at least 30 minutes. The Cobbers didn’t have a player more than 25 minutes.

“I think our energy kind of went up,” said Fisher, who scored nine points in the second half. “The first half was very low energy. We weren’t passing the ball around.”

CARLETON (5-17, 3-16 MIAC): Purfeerst 1-5 4-5 6, Huang 4-7 1-2 13, Arima 4-12 2-2 11, Ramey 3-14 10-10 17, Stienstra 5-7 2-4 13, Surrey 0-2 0-0 0, Ross 0-1 0-2 0. Totals 17-48 19-25 60.

CONCORDIA (18-4, 16-3): Johnson 2-5 0-0 4, Lippert 5-5 0-1 10, Walsh 8-16 3-3 21, Jossart 1-3 1-2 3, Fisher 5-9 1-2 14, Peterson 2-5 0-0 5, Gunderson 1-2 0-0 2, Rosenfeldt 1-2 0-0 2, Jeske 1-3 3-4 6, Forness 0-0 0-0 0, E. Januschka 3-7 1-3 7, J. Januschka 1-1 2-2 4, Olson 1-2 0-0 2, Walloch 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 33-62 11-17 84.

Half: Carleton 36, Concordia 33. 3-point goals: Carleton 7-17 (Purfeerst 0-1, Huang 4-6, Arima 1-4, Ramey 1-3, Stienstra 1-1, Surrey 0-2), Concordia 7-22 (Johnson 0-2, Walsh 2-6, Jossart 0-1, Fisher 3-7, Peterson 1-2, Rosenfeldt 0-1, Jeske 1-3). Total fouls: Carleton 18, Concordia 21. Rebounds: Carleton 26 (Purfeerst 7), Concordia 41 (Lippert 12). Assists: Carleton 8 (Ramey 3), Concordia 20 (Jossart 4). Steals: Carleton 4 (Huang 2, Stienstra 2), Concordia 7 (Fisher 4). Turnovers: Carleton 14 (Huang 4, Stienstra 4), Concordia 12 (three players with 2). A-278.

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