Concordia-St. Paul erased a 12-point, second half deficit and closed the game on a 14-0 run to hand Augustana its second consecutive loss, 70-61. The Vikings are now 9-2 in the 2012-13 season and 5-2 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play. The Golden Bears improve to 7-4 overall, 5-2 in NSIC action.
This is the first time the Vikings have dropped consecutive home games since Jan. 23 and 24 of 2004.
The Vikings held a 12-point lead with 15:43 remaining in the second half and led by nine with 10:04 to play, but the Golden Bears hit six of their final seven three-point attempts and finished the game on a 14-0 run. Jasmine Haynes hit three three-pointers leading a 19-4 run for CU. Haynes finished with 19 points including 10 in the final 10 minutes of the game.
Faith Tinklenberg finished with 18 points to lead the Vikings and she also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds on Pipestone, Minn. Night, TInklenberg’s hometown. The Vikings committed a season-high 20 turnovers which CU turned into 18 points.
The Golden Bears connected on 47.1 percent of their three-point attempts, making all eight in the second half, but only shot 33.3 percent from the field.
For the second night in a row, the first half featured a sloppy start in which the teams combined for five turnovers and 2-17 shooting in the first six minutes. It wasn’t until the three-pointers started falling and a bit of luck that the Vikings gained a lead.
Lydia Nelson hit consecutive three-point baskets, including a bank from well-behind the three-point line, and assisted on a Tinklenberg triple to give the Vikings 15-10 lead. The Golden Bears used the free throw line to stay in the game, starting off 8-8 and faced just a 17-14 deficit with eight minutes left in the first half.
A 6-1 run by Augustana extended their lead to eight after Tinklenberg hit a pair of jumpers but Concordia-St. Paul answer with an and-one from Anika Whiting. Emily Bose and Riley Nordgaard hit expanded their lead to nine with a couple of two-point field goals.
With 45 seconds remaining in the first half, Tinklenberg nailed a corner three and the Vikings held CU without a shot to take a 30-20 lead into halftime.
Augustana used the fast break to their advantage outscoring Concordia-St. Paul 9-0 on the break and converted eight golden bear turnovers into eight points. Tinklenberg led all scorers with 10 points, followed by Nelson with eight; both hit a pair of three-point field goals in the first stanza.
Augustana held the Golden Bears to just 18.5 percent shooting but CU hit 10-12 at the free throw line to stay within reach. The Vikings shot 37.5 percent from the floor, 40 percent (4-10) from behind the arc.
Concordia-St. Paul opened the second half with two quick buckets, cutting the Augustana lead to five, but Tinklenberg and and Alex Feeney scored seven straight points and put the Vikings up 12.
Carissa Wolyniec sparked a 7-2 run by CU to cut the lead to seven at 41-34 and the teams traded buckets before Tinklenberg followed an Andrea Whitney layup with a fast break bucket of her own to give the Vikings a double-digit lead once again.
Concordia-St. Paul then started to get hot from deep hitting a pair of three –pointers and cut the lead to one at 47-46. Nelson and Feeney then hit back-to-back three pointers to restore the Viking lead. Emily Schulte hit 4-4 from the free throw line to keep the hot-shooting Golden Bears at bay, but Amanda Barton and Wolyniec continued to shoot well from behind the arc, cutting the Vikings lead to 59-56.
Tinklenberg’s fast break layup off an Ashley assist gave the Vikings a five-point cushion but Concordia-St. Paul hit consecutive three-point buckets and four free throws off a forced Nelson shot and turnover from Schulte to give themselves a 66-61 lead on a 10-0.
Whiting gathered her own rebound and hit a layup followed by Haynes hitting one of two free throws to expand the Golden Bear lead to 69-61. Rachel Hansen then finished the game with a free throw ending the game on a 14-0 run for Concordia-St. Paul and giving them a 70-61 victory.
Nelson and Feeney finished with 13 and 10 points, respectively, while Anika Whiting, who ranks second in the NSIC in scoring, tallied 17. Schulte hit all six of her free throw attempts and was the only Viking to reach the line. Concordia-St. Paul hit 20 of their 25 attempts from the charity stripe on the night.
Augustana heads to the road next weekend beginning with Bemidji State at 6 p.m. on January 11.
Courtesy: Eric Zahn, Assistant Sports Information Director, Augustana College