Concordia University (Wis.) Defeats Concordia-Moorhead, 76-72
March 7, 2009
STEVENS POINT, Wis. - Courtesy of Concordia-Moorhead
In a game that featured 14 lead changes and eight ties Concordia came up short in the final two minutes of play and fell to Concordia University (Wis.) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday in Stevens Point, Wis.
Cobber senior Jenna Freudenberg had a game-high 23 points and sophomore Lindsey Schultz scored 18 points to go along with 10 rebounds as the Cobbers fell in their first NCAA appearance since the 2006 season. The Falcons were paced by Krista Mayyou who went 8-for-12 from the floor, 3-for-4 from 3-point range and finished with 20 points. The key factor for Concordia (Wis.) was the play of reserve guard Brittany Zietlow who came off the bench to score 13 points and go 4-for-4 from the free throw line in the final minute of play.
The game boiled down to the Cobbers being able to push the ball up the court and score in transition while the Falcons were able to stop any CC momentum with the long range shot. For the game the Falcons shot 42.9% from behind the arc. The Cobbers scored 19 points off of transition. The other big discrepancy in the stat sheet came from bench scoring where the Falcons held a 22-14 edge. CU played only three players other than their starting five and the big contribution of Zietlow led the way. She was even able to connect on a 4-point play after being fouled on a made field goal from behind the arc.
The game stayed close throughout the entire 40 minutes. The biggest lead in the entire game was five points by the Cobbers. The Falcons never had more than a four point lead as they used the 3-point field goal to stay close.
In the first half CC raced out to a 9-4 lead and looked as if they would be able to score at will in their half court offense. The Falcons then started to hit from the outside and tightened their perimeter defense. They went on a 14-5 run and took a four-point lead at 18-14 with five minutes gone in the half. The teams continued to play an up-and-down pace and ended up taking a combined 72 shots in the half.
The Cobbers were able to grab their biggest lead of the game in the first half when Schultz hit a pair of free throws to put CC up 29-24 with 5:40 to play. However Zietlow's 4-point play quickly cut the lead to one and the teams would battle through the rest of the period.
The second half was more of the same with ties and lead changes. The Cobbers held the lead for most of the first part of the second half and then the Falcons took the lead for the second half. The deciding stretch of the game came with just over three minutes to play. CC held a 67-65 lead and had the ball and a chance to go up by four points. Unfortunately a missed layup turned into a fast break basket on the other end and started a 6-0 run for the Falcons.
CC cut the lead to one with 1:10 to play and then Mayyou hit one of her two free throws. The Cobbers then ran a play for a 3-point shot. Erica Nord was able to get wide open on the right side baseline but her 3-point attempt rattled in and out and that would be the closest CC would be again. Four free throws from Zietlow, who entered the game shooting only 66.7% from the line, iced the game and sent the Cobbers home.
For the game CC shot 43.8% from the floor. For the second straight game they were done in by an ice cold touch from the outside. The Cobbers shot 26.7% (4-for-15) from 3-point range. The Falcons shot 44.6% (29-for-65) from the floor. CU also held a 40-38 edge in rebounds.