MOORHEAD, Minn. (1/11/17) --- It was the age old case of good news, bad news for Concordia on Wednesday at home against Carleton.
Senior Greta Walsh celebrated a milestone night by becoming the 28th player in program history to reach the prestigious 1,000-point barrier but the Cobbers fell down the stretch and lost 53-51 in overtime to the Knights.
Concordia slides to 4-8 overall and 2-4 in conference play while Carleton moves to 2-11 in all games and 1-6 in the MIAC.
Walsh, who entered the game needing only six points to reach 1,000 for her career, wasted little time in breaching the milestone. The Litchfield, Minn. product helped CC get out to a 6-0 lead after scoring the first two baskets of the game.
Walsh's big moment came at the 1:17 mark of the first quarter when she dribbled to the top of the key from the right wing and then hit a runner in the lane to earn her 1,000th point.
The game then fell into a more familiar game routine as the Knights battled back and trailed 10-8 after the opening quarter.
Carleton took the lead briefly to open the second quarter but CC went on a quick run to take a five-point lead at 18-13. The Knights tied the game at 20-20 with 2:29 to play in the half but baskets by Jenna Januschka and Grace Wolhowe gave the Cobbers a 24-20 lead at the break.
Concordia shot 50% (12-of-24) from the floor in the first half but then, much like the frigid air of the Red River Valley, went cold from the floor in the second half.
The Cobbers went 8-for-25 from the floor (32.0%) and 1-for-8 from outside the arc (12.5%) in the second 20 minutes and found themselves locked in a back-and-forth affair with the Knights.
CC also went 1-for-15 from beyond the arc in the game.
With 4:21 remaining in the game Walsh converted an old fashioned three-point play to put CC up 42-36 but the Knights scored on three of the next four possessions and tied the game with just over two minutes left.
One minute later Januschka and Wolhowe tag-teamed bonus free throws to jump ahead 45-42 but a triple from Carleton's Katie Chavez in the final minute sent the game to overtime.
The Cobbers scored six points in the overtime period but went 1-of-8 from the floor. Walsh drove the lane and scored again with a foul for another three-point play to grab a 51-50 lead with 18 seconds left but Chavez came up clutch again.
She scored a quick layup and hit one of the bonus free throws to help put the Knights up by two and escape Moorhead with the overtime win.
Walsh was the lone Cobber in double figures and finished with a game-high 21 points on 8-of-26 shooting. She went 4-for-7 from the floor in the first half but just 4-for-19 in the second half and overtime.
Chavez and Sarah Waldfogel paced the Knights with 12 points apiece as the Knights shot 38.8% (19-of-49) from the floor in the win.
The teams each hauled down 36 rebounds but Concordia lost the turnover battle 16-15.
MS. 1000: Greta Walsh had 20 points or more for the second consecutive game and for the fifth time this season. Her game-high 21 points also positioned her into the No.27 spot on the Cobber all-time scoring list. She surpassed Mary Schultz '80 who scored 1,009 points in her career. At her current clip of 16.9 points per game, Walsh is on pace to score 1,200 points this season which would put her at 14th all-time.
ALL GOOD THINGS MUST END: Concordia's loss to Carleton was the first since the 2007-08 season. The Cobbers had won the previous 15 meetings before Wednesday night. The last two Concordia losses to Carleton have come by exactly two points. The Knights won both meetings that season en route to finishing 15-7 in conference – good for fourth in the MIAC.
WHAT'S NEXT? Concordia will hit the road to take on No. 4-ranked St. Thomas on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. After a 61-51 win against St. Olaf, the Tommies remain undefeated at 12-0/6-0.
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