Last-Second Setback

Sophomore Mira Ellefson led Concordia in scoring with 13 points in the team's conference opener at Macalester.
Sophomore Mira Ellefson led Concordia in scoring with 13 points in the team's conference opener at Macalester.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (12/02/17)---Concordia allowed a pair of free throws with less than a second remaining in the fourth quarter and lost 60-58 at Macalester in the conference opener for both teams.

The Cobbers tied the game at 58-58 with 56-seconds to play and then had two chances to take the lead before committing a foul with .3 of a second left in the game. The Scot player then stepped to the free throw line and made both foul shots to cement the 2-point victory.

Concordia is now 3-3 in all games while Macalester ends a two-game losing skid and moves to 2-3 on the season.

The Cobbers led for almost the entire first three quarters and built a 10-point lead at the start of the second quarter. The Cobbers held a four-point lead at 56-52 with 3:20 left in the fourth quarter before going cold from the floor and allowing the Scots to finish on an 8-2 run. CC was 1-for-5 in the final 3:20 of play while Macalester went 3-for-4 from the field and made the two decisive foul shots in the final second of play.

The game featured 10 tie scores with the final one coming at the 56-second mark.

Concordia shot 44.2% (23-for-52) from the floor and 35.7% (5-for-14) from outside the arc. The Scots connected on 40.7% (24-for-59) of their shots from the field and 21.4% (3-for-14) from 3-point range.

Concordia held a 38-33 edge in rebounding but committed six more turnovers which led to a 15-7 deficit in points off of turnovers. The Scots also held a 34-20 edge in points in the paint.

The Cobbers had four players finish in double figures in scoring. Sophomore Mira Ellefson had a team-high 13 points.

Kirstin Simmons went 6-for-9 from the floor, finished with 12 points and collected a team-high seven rebounds.

Jamie Mentzer and Grace Wolhowe added 10 points each and Mentzer matched Simmons rebound total with seven. Both Mentzer and Wolhowe dished out a team-high four assists.

MIDDLE TEEN SCORING: The 13 points scored by Mira Ellefson represents the sixth straight game this year that Concordia's high scorer hasn't topped the 16-point mark. Ellefson had 16 points vs. Chapman and Cassidy Rahman matched that total vs. Finlandia.

SEVENTH STREET: Jamie Mentzer and Kirstin Simmons led Concordia with seven rebounds against Macalester. That marks the fifth time in six game this year that the team's top rebounder had seven boards.       

WHAT'S NEXT: Concordia will have a short turnaround to get ready for its next conference game. The Cobbers will host Bethel on Monday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. The Royals are a similar 3-3 in all games and 0-1 in conference play this season. BU is coming off a 60-56 loss at St. Benedict on Saturday.