Bulldog Weekly Report
Basketball doubleheader vs. Northwestern tonight: Concordia will host Northwestern for a basketball doubleheader tonight (Wednesday). The women get the action started with tip off at 6 p.m. with the men to follow immediately after. Both games will be webcast live via the Concordia Sports Network. Live stats for the women can be accessed HERE. Live stats for the men will be available HERE.
Omaha World-Herald honors 16 Bulldogs: A total of 16 Concordia fall student-athletes were named to the Omaha World-Herald’s All-Nebraska teams, announced on Christmas day. Breaking it down by sport, nine football team members, three men’s soccer players and two individuals on both the women’s soccer and volleyball squads were recognized. Here is the complete list:
Track and field resumes Jan. 18: Concordia track and field got its season started Dec. 14-15 with the Polar Dog Dual, hosted at the Fieldhouse. The Bulldogs achieved seven NAIA national qualifying marks and broke seven meet records in a solid campaign opening event. Head coach Kregg Einspahr’s squad will pick up the season on Jan. 18 with the Prairie Wolf Invite inside Nebraska Wesleyan’s Devaney Center. The Bulldogs will then host the Concordia Classic on Sunday, Jan. 27 to close the month.
Concordia volleyball on Twitter: Concordia volleyball recently created an account on Twitter. You can follow the Bulldog spikers here – twitter.com/cunevolleyball (@cunevolleyball).Concordia Sports Network: Live webcasts for most home varsity contests can be accessed by visiting http://www.cune.edu/csn at game time. Check team schedule/results pages for webcast dates. Scrimmages, exhibitions and junior varsity events are not broadcasted.
- The Bulldogs completed their journey to Honolulu, Hawaii, with a 2-0 record with wins over NAIA Division I 16th-ranked Cumberlands (Ky.) (59-53) on Dec. 20 and conference rival Doane (66-53) on Dec. 21. The Bulldogs are 14-0 overall and atop the GPAC with a 7-0 league record. Concordia is 14-0 for the first time since the 2004-05 season when then head coach Todd Voss’ squad finished 31-5 and reached the national semifinals. The best start to a season in team history occurred in 2002-03 when Voss guided Concordia to 33-straight wins to begin the campaign. The 02-03 Bulldogs did not lose a game until March 1 and completed the season at 36-2 en route to a Fab Four berth.
- Further coverage of the team’s trip to Hawaii can be found on the Concordia women’s basketball Facebook page and YouTube channel. Bulldog graduate assistant coach Thad Sankey produced several high quality videos to document the team’s fun in the sun.
- At 14-0, the Bulldogs are one of only three remaining undefeated teams in NAIA Division II. No. 2 Indiana Wesleyan and No. 5 Davenport (Mich.) both boast records of 15-0. No. 7 Saint Francis (Ind.) (14-1) and Mayville State (N.D.) (11-1) come in next with just one loss apiece. Every other team in the nation has at least two losses.
- Concordia nearly trailed at halftime for the first time all season in its victory over nationally-ranked Cumberlands. The Bulldogs fell behind by a season high seven points in the first half before coming back to take a 29-28 lead at the close of the first 20 minutes. Concordia has been outscored in a half only twice this season. Then No. 4 Morningside posted 45 second half points to 43 for Concordia on Dec. 1 in an 80-76 road victory for the Bulldogs. Then No. 5 Briar Cliff also out-numbered Concordia in the second half, holding a 37-30 advantage in what turned out to be a 72-65 victory for the Bulldogs on Dec. 5 in Sioux City, Iowa.
- With shooting percentages of 29.0 and 38.7, respectively, in its two games in Honolulu, Concordia had to rely upon a stingy defense to remain unbeaten. The Bulldog pressure defense forced another 48 combined turnovers and swiped 26 combined steals. Concordia ranks second in NAIA Division II with 18.9 steals per game and third with a plus-12.3 turnover margin.
- Sophomore guard Bailey Morris tied a career high with 22 points in the victory over Doane. The effort equaled her 22-point output in Concordia’s blowout win over Johnson & Wales (Colo.) on Nov. 9. Morris made 7 of 12 field goal attempts, including 3 of 4 from beyond the arc, to lead the victory over Doane. The Roseland, Neb., native has improved her field goal percentage from from 36.7 last season to 46.2 this season and her 3-point percentage has jumped from 28.6 to 37.3.
- Head coach Drew Olson has now guided the Bulldogs to 22-consecutive wins against GPAC opponents, including their three wins in the GPAC Tournament last season. Concordia’s last loss to a GPAC foe came on Jan. 4, 2012, when then No. 20 Northwestern won 74-67 in Orange City, Iowa.
- Eighth-ranked Northwestern (11-3, 5-2 GPAC) visits Seward on Wednesday at 6 p.m. for another important clash with GPAC title implications. The Red Raiders have won six-straight games behind returning All-American and GPAC Player of the Year Kendra De Jong (17.1 ppg) and reigning NAIA Coach of the Year Chris Yaw. Concordia knocked Northwestern off of its throne at the top of the GPAC last season, but the Red Raiders regrouped to win their third national title in a row.
- Wednesday’s game will mark the fourth time in the last six contests that the Bulldogs will have faced a ranked opponent. Concordia is currently 4-0 this season against top 25 foes with victories over No. 4 Morningside, No. 5 Briar Cliff, No. 16 Cumberlands and No. 23 College of Saint Mary. The Bulldogs went 11-3 last season against ranked opponents, including a 1-1 mark versus Northwestern.
- Concordia will finish off the week on Saturday with a trip to Dordt (9-8, 4-4 GPAC). Tip off is set for 2 p.m.
- The Bulldogs continued a tough stretch when they dropped a pair of games at the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Dec. 28-29. Head coach Marty Kohlwey’s squad fell 84-66 to host Coe College (NCAA Division III member) on day one of the event before closing the classic with an 88-78 loss to No. 11 Mount Mercy (Iowa). Concordia enters the new year with a record of 5-8 overall and 2-5 in GPAC play, placing it in a tie for ninth place, 3.5 games behind first place Doane.
- Junior guard Adam Vogt set a new career high with 22 points in the loss to Mount Mercy. Vogt nailed 5 of 10 shots from the field and 10 of 14 attempts from the free throw line on the way to besting his previous high of 21 points on Nov. 22, 2011, in a 70-65 win over Nebraska Wesleyan. His previous season high was 17 points, a mark he posted on Nov. 3 against Bellevue and on Nov. 20 versus Nebraska Wesleyan.
- Foul trouble to star senior post man Porter Birtell loomed as a large factor in the Bulldogs’ bid to upset Mount Mercy. Birtell was ultra productive with nine points and four rebounds in his 14 minutes, which were a season low. With Birtell saddled on the bench, Concordia struggled to maintain its great first half play.
- The Bulldogs’ 45 first half points in the loss to the Mustangs of the Midwest Collegiate Conference were the third most in a half for Concordia this season. The Bulldogs’ highest point total came in the second half of their 97-88 victory over York on Nov. 2 when they notched 49 points after a 48-point first half.
- Concordia’s two opponents in Cedar Rapids combined to shoot 23-for-49 (46.9 percent) from 3-point range. On the season, the Bulldogs have allowed a 3-point percentage of 37.8 percent, a figure that ranks at the bottom of the GPAC.
- Birtell continues to lead the Bulldogs in scoring at 15.5 points per game. His 63.7 percent shooting from the field ranks seventh nationally in NAIA Division II. Senior Beau Smith has taken over the team lead in rebounds per game at 6.6, edging out Birtell’s 6.2.
- Concordia will play a ranked team for the second time in a row, for the third time in four games and for the fourth time in seven contests when No. 10 Northwestern (11-4, 5-2 GPAC) comes to Walz Arena on Wednesday for an 8 p.m. game. The Bulldogs will attempt to knock off a top 25 opponent for the first time this season against the Red Raiders, who sit just a half-game behind Doane in the conference standings.
- The Bulldogs captured perhaps their most impressive victory last season when they won 94-75 at then No. 14 Northwestern on Jan. 4, 2012. The Red Raiders avenged that loss by beating Concordia 91-80 in Seward on Feb. 6. Northwestern is coming off a 1-1 record at the Pizza Ranch Holiday Classic that it hosted Dec. 28-29. The Red Raiders defeated Graceland (Iowa) 73-55 on Dec. 28 before falling 86-82 to No. 7 William Penn (Iowa) on Dec. 29.
- Concordia will end the week against another ranked opponent as it travels to face No. 13 Dordt (13-3, 5-3 GPAC), the preseason favorite to win the GPAC, on Saturday. Game time is 4 p.m. in Sioux Center, Iowa.
- The Bulldogs have been idle since competing at the Raven Duals in Atchison, Kan., on Dec. 15. Officially, Concordia owns a dual record of 0-4 on the season. The Bulldogs have wrestled 11 individuals who have compiled a record of 68-109 with eight tournament placements and 28 pins.
- The Bulldogs will resume action on Jan. 10 when they welcome Briar Cliff to Walz Arena for their first conference dual of the campaign. The Chargers are 2-0 in dual meets with a 29-21 victory over Northwestern on Nov. 13. The Concordia-Briar Cliff tussle will get started at 7 p.m.
- No. 9 Morningside owns the most victories among GPAC teams with a mark of 5-1. No. 19 Dakota Wesleyan comes in next with a record of 3-4. The Briar Cliff-Northwestern dual is the only conference matchup to date.
- Concordia has five duals and two opens scheduled for the month of January. Four of the five duals are against conference foes with the other one being a rematch with No. 18 York. Head coach Dana Vote’s squad will then have three more duals in February before heading to regionals on Feb. 16.
2 January 2013