Cobbers’ hot start too much for Oxy to overcome

Cobbers’ hot start too much for Oxy to overcome

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (Nov. 21, 2010) – On day two of the Oxy/Cal Lutheran Classic, the Tigers faced off against Concordia-Moorehead at the Gilbert Arena on the campus of CLU. The visiting Cobbers started the game firing on all cylinders, shooting a blistering 65.4% from the field, quickly leaving the Black and Orange playing catch-up before ultimately falling 77-53.

Trailing by as many as 20 in the first half, the Tigers never found a rhythm and were unable to recover as Concordia did damage from almost every spot on the floor.

Occidental shot a respectable 40 percent from the field in the first half, but the Cobbers sprinted out to a 20-8 lead midway through the opening stanza.

The Black and Orange responded with an 8-2 run, as Makenzie Brandon scored inside followed by a high arcing three from Michelle Lo, two free throws from Elizabeth Messick and a layup by Stephanie Babij, pulling the game to within six.

Unfortunately for the Tigers, that was as close as they would get the rest of the way, as the visiting squad went on a 16-3 run to unknowingly put the game out of reach.

Oxy played Concordia much tougher in the final period, but the damage was already done as the Cobbers (2-0) were the only team to pickup two wins on the weekend.

Brandon was the only Tiger in double figures tonight with 10. Messick came off the bench to score seven points with six rebounds, which led the team.

For the first time in her career the freshmen trio Drew Van Vleck (1-for-1 from three point range with two rebounds), Kristen Treat (rebound) and Annika Awbrey stepped on the court for the Tigers. Also making her first collegiate appearance tonight was sophomore Stephanie Scamman (steal) who was sidelined last season with an injury.

The Tigers (0-2) will return to the friendly confines of Rush Gymnasium this Wednesday, Nov. 24, when they host Carleton College at 7:00 p.m.

Article by Mike Talamantes, Sports Information Assistant

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