Rule Of 58 Continues

Concordia guards Lexi Nelson (L) and Greta Walsh pressure an Ole player with the ball during the Cobbers' gamer with St. Olaf.
Concordia guards Lexi Nelson (L) and Greta Walsh pressure an Ole player with the ball during the Cobbers' gamer with St. Olaf.

MOORHEAD, Minn. (12/10/16)—The Rule of 58 came into play for Concordia for the 11th straight game. The Cobbers entered their game with St. Olaf having won every game they scored more than 58 points and lost every single game where they didn't reach the 58-point plateau.

Concordia was held to 41 points against the Oles and lost 55-41. The Cobbers are now 0-7 when they score under 58 points. CC falls to 4-7 overall and 1-2 in conference play.

On Wednesday the Cobbers scored 85 points, shot 52.9% from the floor, 61.1% from 3-point range and beat St. Catherine by seven points. On Saturday Concordia went as cold as the weather as they only shot 30.6% from the field, 19.0% from outside the arc and fell by 14.      

Concordia trailed for the first part of the opening quarter but then used a 5-0 run in the final five minutes to take a 10-9 lead into the second period. The Cobbers then appeared to break the game wide open by scoring on five straight possessions to take a 12-point lead at 23-11 with 5:05 left to play in the third quarter.

The Cobbers didn't score for the remainder of the quarter and clung to a 23-19 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Concordia then stepped into the deep freeze in the fourth quarter. CC went 1-for-11 from the floor and 0-for-5 from 3-point range in the final 10 minutes of play. The Cobbers were outscored 24-7 in the fourth quarter and 13-2 in the first 4:35 of the period.

St. Olaf earned insurance points at the free throw line in the final 1:09 of play. The Oles went 8-for-9 from the foul line to make sure Concordia wasn't able to get close in the final minute of play.

The teams were very similar on the stat sheet. The different came in 3-pointers made and on the free throw line. The Oles made two more shots from behind the arc and six more free throws.

Greta Walsh was the only Cobber player to score in double figures. She put up 15 points and came away with six steals. Jenna Januschka grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. Lincoln Haiby and Cassidy Rahman both came away with five rebounds. Haiby scored seven points while Rahman added six.

3-POINT CRYSTAL BALL: In addition to the 58-point win/loss line, the Cobbers also have a specific number when it comes to 3-point percentage. Concordia shot 19.0% from outside the arc on Saturday which was only the third time this season they have shot under 25.0% from 3-point range. And, you guessed it, the Cobbers are 0-3 in those three games.

DOUBLE-DIGIT GRETA: Senior Greta Walsh scoeed 15 points against St. Olaf. Walsh has now scored in double figures in 10 of the team's 11 games this year. She has now scored at least points in 30 games the past two seasons combined.            

CLOSING IN ON 1K: Walsh, who is averaging a team-high 16.2 points per game this year, now has 956 career points and needs 44 more to become the 28th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point plateau.   

WHAT'S NEXT: Concordia will now have a 24-day break for the Christmas holiday. The Cobbers will return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 4 when they play at St. Benedict at 7 p.m. The Blazers are 7-1 overall and lost for the first time this season on Saturday when they fell 79-35 at home vs. #5 St. Thomas.