Deep Freeze In St. Peter

Three Cobber defenders put pressure of the Gustavus offensive player in Concordia's game at Gustavus. (Photo courtesy of the Gustavus Sports Info Office)
Three Cobber defenders put pressure of the Gustavus offensive player in Concordia's game at Gustavus. (Photo courtesy of the Gustavus Sports Info Office)

ST. PETER, Minn. (12/14/19)---Concordia had its 2-game win streak frozen cold by No.25-ranked Gustavus in St. Peter. The Gusties put the Cobber offense in the dep freeze all game long and came away with an 88-57 win.

Concordia committed 20 turnovers in the first half and finished with a season-high 29 miscues as they chased Gustavus for the entire 40 minutes. The Gusties turned those ball-handling errors into a 44-9 advantage in points off of turnovers.

The loss is only the second in the past five games for the Cobbers. Concordia is now 4-6 overall and 2-3 in the MIAC. Gustavus wins for the fourth straight game and moves to 8-1 in all games and 5-0 in league play.

Gustavus' pressure defense also limited Concordia's outside shooting attack. A game after knocking down 13 shots from outside the arc, the Cobbers made only five 3-pointers and shot 35.7% from long range.

Concordia shot a solid 46.7% (19-for-41) from the floor but couldn't overcome the turnovers which led to 14 more shooting opportunities for GAC. Gustavus shot 52.7% (29-for-55) from the floor and 48.4% (15-for-31) from 3-point range.

The Cobbers outrebounded the Gusties by a 26-19 margin. The 19 rebounds mark the first time this season that CC has finished with under 30 boards in a contest.

Sophomore Mary Sem was 8-for-14 from the floor and finished with a team-high 22 points. It is the third time this season she has scored at least 20 points in a game and she extended her double-digit scoring streak to six games.

Freshman Vanessa Kedl led all players with seven rebounds. She also chipped in five points.

Sophomore point guard Autumn Thompson finished with 11 points and has now scored at least 10 points in seven of the team's 10 games.

UP NEXT: It's Christmas break time for Concordia. The Cobbers will have a 3-week break before returning to action on Saturday, Jan. 4 when they host St. Thomas at 3 p.m. The Tommies are 6-2 overall and 3-2 in the MIAC.