Third Quarter Stumble

Players scramble to get control of the ball during the second quarter of the Cobbers' game with Carleton.
Players scramble to get control of the ball during the second quarter of the Cobbers' game with Carleton.

MOORHEAD, Minn. (1/13/18)---Concordia outscored Carleton 43-42 in the first, second and fourth quarters combined unfortunately a 12-point deficit in the third period proved to be the difference as the Cobbers fell 64-53.

For the second straight game Concordia wound up losing by low double-digits and for the second straight game the contest seemed much closer.

Concordia trailed the Knights 15-9 after the first period but then used an 8-0 run in the final 2:25 of the second quarter to cut the halftime margin to two points at 28-26.

The Cobbers would outscore Carleton 17-14 in the final frame but it wouldn't be enough to overcome a 22-10 deficit in the third quarter. Concordia shot just 8.3% (1-for-12) from the floor in the decisive third period while the Knights made eight field goals, shot 53.3% from the floor and held an 11-6 rebounding margin.

The loss is the sixth straight for Concordia who falls to 5-9 in all games and 2-5 in conference play. Carleton wins for the second straight game and is now 7-8 in all games and an even .500 in MIAC games at 4-4.

The Cobbers offense was as cold as the temperature outside Memorial Auditorium. Concordia shot 25.4% (15-for-59) from the floor and 22.7% (5-for-22) from outside the arc. CC mad way at the free throw line where they connected on 18 of their 23 attempts.

Carleton made 47.8% (22-for-46) of their attempts from the floor and shot 30.4% (7-for-23) from long range.

The Knights held a 37-26 edge in rebounding.

Concordia had a trio of players finish in double figures in scoring. Grace Wolhowe and Lincoln Haiby both put up a dozen points. Wolhowe went 6-for-6 from the free throw line while Haiby was 4-for-6 from the floor.

Mira Ellefson was the third member of CC to come away with at least 10 points. She was 2-for-5 from 3-point range and had 10 points to go along with six boards.   

Kirstin Simmons had a team-high seven rebounds and also added eight points.  

GRACE AT THE LINE: Grace Wolhowe's 6-for-6 shooting from the free throw line marked the eighth time this season the junior guard hasn't missed a free throw attempt in a game. Wolhowe has now gone 6-for-6 from the line twice this year and leads the Cobbers with an 83.7% success rate from the foul line. Wolhowe is currently fourth in the MIAC in free throw percentage.

Concordia will have its first three-game week of the season. The Cobbers will host Bethel on Monday, Jan. 15 in a make-up game from Dec. 4. CC will then play at St. Catherine on Wednesday, Jan. 17 and travel to Northfield to take on St. Olaf on Saturday, Jan. 20 at 3 p.m.