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Women's basketball rallies to beat Concordia

February 7, 2001
Wed. Feb. 7, 2001

MIAC Women's Basketball/at St. Thomas

Univ. of St. Thomas 84
Concordia College 72


Late run carries St. Thomas women

Junior guard Missy Pederson sank a 3-pointer to erase the final Concordia lead and start a game-closing 16-2 run and three St. Thomas guards combined for 40 second-half points as the host Tommies (18-2 overall, 15-2) scored an 84-72 win over the Cobbers (16-6, 14-4) in MIAC women's basketball play Wednesday night at Schoenecker Arena.

The win kept the Tommies in a share of first place in the MIAC and extended the series win streak over the Cobbers to 15 games. The Tommies sank 17-of-19 free-throw tries in the second half in their 52-point outburst.

In the second-half comeback, Pederson had 12 of her 15 points; senior guard Sarah Grudnowski scored 14 of her 18 points; and junior guard Katie Bernabei scored all 14 of her points. Bernabei was 0-for-6 shooting in a scoreless first half but made 6-of-7 shots in the second half. Pederson had six steals and Grudnowski added four steals. Jennifer Ulstad had nine points and seven rebounds and
Anne Newell had six points and nine rebounds

For the Cobbers, Sara Spears made 11-of-12 at the foul line in her game-high 21 points; Brandi Myers added 14 points; Sarah Jacobson added eight points and 18 rebounds.

The Cobbers fell behind 15-4 early but used a 20-5 run to close the first half with a 40-32 halftime lead. Concordia eventually fell behind again but used an 11-2 run to take a 70-68 on two free throws by Spears with 3:52 to play.

But Pederson answered with a 3-point basket to put the Toms ahead to stay at 71-70 with 3:41 left. The Toms converted two steals into layups, and Grudnowski iced the win by making 4-of-4 at the line in the 16-2 closing run.

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