Fourth Quarter Fizzle

Mira Ellefson scored a career-high 16 points in the Cobbers' game against Chapman.
Mira Ellefson scored a career-high 16 points in the Cobbers' game against Chapman.

REDLANDS, Calif. (11/17/17)---Concordia led for most of the first three quarters and held a 40-36 advantage heading into the fourth quarter but then allowed 26 points and lost 62-54 to Chapman (Calif.) in the first game of the Redlands Classic.

The Cobbers were outscored by 12 in the fourth quarter and lost for the first time this season. The Panthers shot 50.0% (8-for-16) from the floor and didn't miss either of their two 3-point attempts as they won their season opener.

Concordia led 13-10 after the first quarter and 29-26 at the half. The Cobbers shot 50.0% (4-for-8) from 3-point range and 33.3% (6-for-18).

Concordia then outscored Chapman 11-10 in the third quarter and held a four-point lead at 40-36 heading into the final 10 minutes of play.

The game went back-and-forth for the first four minutes of play and the teams put up their eighth tie score of the contest. Lexi Nelson hit a 3-pointer with 6:58 left in the game to give the Cobbers their final lead of the game at 47-45.

Chapman hit a jumper on their next trip down the floor and then went on an 8-0 run to take a 55-47 lead with 4:59 to play. The Cobbers would cut the lead to two points just after the 2-minute mark when Lincoln Haiby hit a jumper to bring the score to 56-54.

That would be the final points of the game for CC as the Panthers scored the final six points of the game.

Sophomore Mira Ellefson led Concordia in scoring with a career-high 16 points. She went 3-for-5 from the floor, 2-for-2 from outside the arc and 8-for-9 from the free throw line. Ellefson also added six rebounds to her career game.

Junior guard Grace Wolhowe was the only other Concordia player in double figures in scoring. She went 4-for-8 from the floor and knocked down two 3-pointers to finish with 12 points.

Kirstin Simmons had a team-high seven rebounds and also collected six points.

WHAT'S NEXT: Concordia will stay in California and play host Redlands on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 9 p.m.