Cattle Classic Preview

Cattle Classic Preview

The 13th annual Cattle Classic, held Friday and Saturday, features four men's games and four women's games. On the women’s side, Doane College, Johnson & Wales University (Colo.) and York College will visit Walz Arena. On the men’s side, Bethel College (Kan.), Kansas Wesleyan University and York will come to town. All eight games will be webcasted live via the Concordia Sports Network.

Here’s the complete schedule:

Friday, Nov. 9

  • Women: Doane College vs. York College, 1 p.m.
  • Men: Bethel College vs. York College, 3 p.m.
  • Women: Concordia vs. Johnson & Wales University (Colo.), 6 p.m.
  • Men: Concordia vs. Kansas Wesleyan University, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 10

  • Women: Doane College vs. Johnson & Wales University (Colo.), 12 p.m.
  • Men: Kansas Wesleyan University vs. York College, 2 p.m.
  • Men: Concordia vs. Bethel College, 5 p.m.
  • Women: Concordia vs. York College, 7 p.m.

Here’s a look at each of Concordia’s games:


Friday: No. 1 Concordia (4-0) vs. Johnson & Wales (0-3), 6 p.m.


Outlook: The Wildcats enter play having lost their first three games of the season following a record of 12-17 last season. Friday’s contest is a rematch of last season’s Dec. 30 game when the Bulldogs routed Johnson & Wales 103-70. Departed guard Amber Kistler led all players with 22 points. The Wildcats, who are an Association of Independent Institutions squad, have already played a GPAC opponent, falling 88-75 to Midland (picked 10th in the preseason conference poll) on Nov. 3. Johnson & Wales has committed only 36 turnovers in its first three games, but will face a daunting challenge against a Concordia defense that has forced an average of 32.5 turnovers through four games. Wildcat senior guard Caitlin Durkin (20.7 ppg) and Kristen Ward (19.0 ppg) have starred offensively for the Johnson & Wales attack. The high-powered Bulldogs counter with six players who average 8.0 points or more, led by the 15.3 of senior Katie Rich.

Saturday: No. 1 Concordia (4-0) vs. York (1-1), 7 p.m.


Outlook: The Bulldogs hope to continue their early season undefeated run on Saturday when they face York for the second time this season. Concordia blew away the Panthers, 92-45, in the season opener for both teams in a game played at York on Oct. 29. The Bulldogs shot only 22.2 percent from beyond the arc, but used their pressure defense to limit York to 31.8 percent shooting and force 36 Panther turnovers. York responded with a 63-55 victory over Bethel (Kan.) on Nov. 3 to even its record at 1-1. Junior guard Sara Lincoln has been the most reliable scoring option so far for the Panthers, as she is averaging 16.5 points through two games. York will try to blemish Concordia head coach Drew Olson’s 9-0 career mark against the Panthers. Concordia’s Bailey Morris and Beth Kohmetscher powered the Bulldogs with 18 and 15 points, respectively, in the opener at York.


Friday: Concordia (1-1) vs. Kansas Wesleyan (2-0), 8 p.m.


Outlook: The Coyotes of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference struggled to a 3-26 record in 2011-12. While Kansas Wesleyan was picked by league coaches to finish last in the KCAC this season, they are off to a 2-0 start with wins over Haskell (Kan.) and Manhattan Christian. Last season the Bulldogs topped the Coyotes 90-80 in the season opener at the York College Tip Off Classic. Concordia’s Beau Smith poured in 26 points thanks in large part to 6-for-10 shooting from beyond the arc. Kansas Wesleyan junior guard Canon Fields is off to a big start with 65 combined points in two games, including 37 in the victory over Manhattan Christian. Fields also leads the team 14.0 rebounds per contest. Coming off a win over York and a tight loss to No. 13 Bellevue last weekend, Concordia is a confident senior-laden group led by post Porter Birtell (36 points in two games).

Saturday: Concordia (1-1) vs. Bethel (0-1), 5 p.m.


Outlook: The Bulldogs continue play Saturday at the Cattle Classic with another KCAC foe in Bethel. The Threshers were pegged to finish in ninth place in the conference, just ahead of Kansas Wesleyan, by league coaches. Bethel, led by second year head coach Alonzo Jamison, suffered a narrow 72-71 loss to Central Christian (Kan.) on Nov. 1 to begin the season. Forward Adam Arciniega, a transfer from Estrella Mountain Community College, led the way with 22 points in the defeat. Leading scorer Lee Griffin returns after posting 15.5 points and 4.2 rebounds per game last season for a Bethel team that ended the 2011-12 campaign at 4-23. The Threshers have a mix of experience – six seniors – and newcomers with a total of 10 freshmen. These two teams last met on Dec. 31, 2010, at the Bethel Classic where the Bulldogs came away with a 70-58 victory. Sam Huebner paced the Bulldogs with 18 points and 11 rebounds in the triumph.

8 November 2012

Tracy Peitz

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