First-place Cobbers pull away from Ole women in second half
January 30, 2013
MOORHEAD, Minn.- Emily Thesing scored a game-high 20 points to lead a second half comeback as Concordia-Moorhead defeated the St. Olaf women's basketball team 65-58 on Wednesday evening at Memorial Auditorium.
St. Olaf (10-9, 8-8 MIAC) shot 68.4 percent (13-19) in the first half as they took a 36-30 lead into the break. However, the Oles only shot 23.3 percent (7-30) after halftime as Concordia (15-4, 14-2 MIAC) again came back to beat St. Olaf.
The Oles went eight and a half minutes between their first two baskets in the second half as the Cobbers turned a six point deficit into a three point lead. St. Olaf missed eight straight shots and committed five turnovers during the drought.
Mackenzie Wolter ended the cold spell with a much-needed three but Concordia then stretched their lead to nine with five minutes remaining. Jumpers from Alley Fisher and Erika Jossart gave Concordia its biggest lead of the game but St. Olaf responded with six quick points on a three by Kim Cerjan and a three-point play by Woo Bandel.
However, Thesing and Tricia Sorensen each hit big threes down the stretch and Concordia hit enough free throws to pick up the win. Sorensen's three with 1:07 left stretched the Cobber lead from one to four. The Cobbers got in the bonus early in the second half and were 17-for-26 from the line for the game.
In addition to Thesing's 20 points, Sorensen, the reigning MIAC Player of the Week, scored nine points and grabbed 12 rebounds after being scoreless in the first half. In a match-up of the top two rebounding teams in the MIAC, Concordia held a 46-34 advantage on the glass. The Cobbers had 21 offensive rebounds that led to 16 points. Concordia shot just 22.2 percent (6-27) from behind the arc.
St. Olaf was led by Elise Raney and Wolter who each scored 11 points. Raney did all her scoring in the first half and hauled in six of her eight rebounds in the opening half. Wolter was 3-for-11 from the field but also added four assists. The Oles had a 26-12 advantage in bench scoring thanks to Bandel, Cerjan, and Nikki Frogner's scoring.
St. Olaf returns to the court on Saturday when Bethel visits the Skoglund Center. The Oles defeated the Royals 46-34 in Arden Hills on January 5. St. Olaf is currently seventh in the MIAC.