Anne Keeley and Melanie Hageman combined for 46 points Saturday as Concordia defeated St. Olaf 78-73.

It was the Cobbers' third straight Minnesota Intercolligiate Athletic Conference women's basketball win.

"We did a lot better job of moving the ball tonight," said Keeley, who scored 25 points. "Our inside- outside game was working great and Mel did a great job of kicking it back outside."

Hageman and Keeley also led the Cobbers in rebounds with 11 and nine. The Cobbers outrebounded the Oles 41-30.

"We knew coming in that it was going to be a defensive battle," Cobber coach Jessica Rahman said. "The key was keeping the intensity up."

WDAY logo
listen live
watch live
Newsletter signup for email alerts

Rahman said her team had trouble with intensity in the first half, which ended tied 26-26.

Midway through the second half the Cobbers went on a run, creating a 13 point cushion.

"In the second half we matched their intensity," Rahman said.

St. Olaf refused to let the Cobbers get comfortable.

The Oles went on a 12-0 run to make it a one-point game, 69-68.

"We started trapping from behind and that forced some turnovers." Oles coach Pat Buresh said. "Down the stretch we certainly gave ourselves an opportunity."

St. Olaf had three players in double figures. Christina Sampson had 20, Kristina Stoermer 18 and Holly Grimsrud 17 points.

Keeley hit a key three pointer with a minute left, making the score 74-70. Two free throws by Emily Swierenga with 7 seconds left sealed the deal for the Cobbers.

"Our bench came up huge for us tonight," Keeley said.

Sarah Krabbenhoft had nine points off the bench and was the Cobbers key defensive stopper with six blocks.

"Krabbenhoft and Jessica Hientz came in off the bench and played big minutes for us," Rahman said. "We've got some kids that can play, but they have to play off the bench."

The Cobbers (5-2 overall 3-1 MIAC) host Valley City State on New Year's Eve.

"Right now, it's about taking it one game at a time," Rahman said.

ST. OLAF (0-3 MIAC/2-5): Sampson 7-8 2-5 20, K. Stoermer 7-13 4-6 18, Grimsrud 4-6 7-7 17, Rigelman 4-12 0-0 8, Schwichtenberg 3-7 1-2 7, D. Stoermer 1-5 0-0 2, Kleingarn 0-1 1-2 1, Hendrickson 0-2 0-0 0, Madery 0-1 0-0 0, Oja 0-1 0-0 0, Dettle 0-3 0-0 0. Totals: 26-59 15-22 73.

CONCORDIA (3-1 MIAC/5-2): Keeley 10-16 1-2 25, Hageman 7-12 7-11 21, Ehlert 6-15 0-0 12, Krabbenhoft 4-9 0-0 9, King 2-7 0-0 4, Heintz 1-5 1-1 3, Freudenberg 0-1 2-2 2, White 0-3 0-0 0. Totals: 30-68 13-18 78.

Halftime: STO 26, CC 26. 3-point goals: STO 6-9 (Sampson 4-5, Grimsrud 2-3, Schwichtenberg 0-1), CC 5-18 (Keeley 4-8, Krabbenhoft 1-4, Ehlert 0-1, King 0-2, Heintz 0-3). Total fouls: STO 20, CC 22. Fouled out: STO Rigelman, CC Ehlert. Rebounds: STO 30 (Sampson 7), CC 41 (Hageman 11). Assists: STO 19 (Schwichtenberg 7), CC 23 (Keeley 7). Steals: STO 10 (Schwichtenberg 7), CC 5 (Krabbenhoft 3). A: 193

Readers can reach Forum reporter John Odermann at (701) 241-5549