2nd Straight Successful Saturday Script

2nd Straight Successful Saturday Script

ST. PAUL, Minn. (2/04/17)--- Concordia outscored Macalester 36-20 in the second half en route to a 66-56 win over the Scots in St. Paul.

The Cobbers trailed by six at the half but then limited Macalester to only six points on 1-of-9 shooting in the third quarter and earned their second win in the past three games.

Concordia is now 7-14 in all games and 4-10 in the MIAC while the Scots fall to 9-12 overall and 3-11 in league play.

The script was almost identical from the Cobbers' win at St. Olaf last Saturday. In that game Concordia trailed by two points at the break and then held the Oles to six points in the third quarter and 20 overall in the second half – the exact same totals in the game at Macalester. The Cobbers scored 31 points in the second half to win by nine against Olaf and scored 36 points in the second half to win by 10 against the Scots.

The individual stat lines were similar from Saturday to Saturday as well. Greta Walsh led the Cobbers in scoring in both games and did the majority of her work in the second half. Last week she scored 17 points in the final two quarters on her way to a game-high 21 points. Against the Scots Walsh scored 12 points in the final half on her way to a game-high 18 points.

The difference between the two weekend games came from Jenna Januschka and Kirstin Simmons who both finished in double figures in scoring after combining for only 13 points a week ago. Januschka went 11-for-11 from the free throw line and ended the game vs. Macalester with 15 points. Januschka also upped her rebounding total as she came down with eight rebounds. Simmons had 10 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds as she missed her second straight double-double by a single board.   

Concordia's big run came at the end of the third quarter and then again in the final seven minutes of the fourth quarter. The Cobbers trailed 42-38 with 3:30 left in the third but then outscored the Scots 7-0 in the final minutes to take a 45-42 lead into the final period of play.

Macalester would recover at the start of the fourth quarter and tie the game at 47-47 at the 9:17 mark. The Cobbers then got two free throws from Januschka, two more from Jamie Mentzer and finally a layup from Mentzer to take a 6-point lead at 53-47 with 548 to play.

Concordia shot 33.9% (19-for-56) from the floor and 26.3% (5-for-19) from outside the arc while the Scots put up marks of 33.3% (20-for-60) from the field and 17.6% (3-for-17) from 3-point range.

The big difference came at the foul line where CC went 23-for-32 (71.9%) and Macalester only attempted 16 free throws.

WHAT'S NEXT:  Concordia will return to St. Paul in the middle of the week when they play at St. Catherine on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. The Wildcats are 13-8 overall and 7-7 in the MIAC and are coming off a 62-53 loss against No.4-ranked St. Thomas. The Cobbers lost to the Wildcats 85-78 earlier in the year in Moorhead.