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The seventh-ranked Concordia women’s basketball team arrived in San Antonio, Texas, the day after Christmas in preparation for its two nonconference games set to take place at the Our Lady of the Lake University Halo Classic. Eighth-year head coach Drew Olson’s Bulldogs will take on Bethel University (Tenn.) on Monday (Dec. 30) and Evangel University (Mo.) on Tuesday (Dec. 31).
Location: McKenzie, Tenn.
National Ranking: 10th (NAIA Division I)
Head coach: Chris Nelson (8th year)
Conference: Southern States Athletic Conference
Leading Scorer: Tayla Foster – 18.7 ppg
Leading Rebounder: Kenyatta Drake – 9.0 rpg
Assists Leader: Jackliann Street – 3.9 apg
Team Scoring Offense: 84.8 ppg (8th in NAIA DI)
Team Scoring Defense: 67.1 ppg (49th in NAIA DI)
Location: Springfield, Mo.
Head coach: Leon Neal (19th year)
Conference: Heart of America Athletic Conference
Leading Scorer: Allison Swanson – 13.1 ppg
Leading Rebounder: Swanson – 6.8 rpg
Assists Leader: Amanda Landolt – 3.0 apg
Team Scoring Offense: 73.0 ppg (40th in NAIA DI)
Team Scoring Defense: 74.8 (81st in NAIA DI)
Concordia will test its mettle against two teams from the NAIA Division I level, including 10th-ranked Bethel. The Bulldogs last played a NAIA DI team on Dec. 20, 2012, when they defeated No. 16 University of Cumberlands, 59-53, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Concordia is looking to extend its six-game winning streak and remain undefeated in the month of December. Bethel comes into play with losses in two of its last three games, both against quality opponents. However, the Wildcats’ high-scoring offense led by star Tayla Foster will pose a significant challenge. Meanwhile, Evangel has lost three in a row but has shown improvement from its 7-18 campaign last season.
Bulldogs to take in NBA game: After facing Evangel on New Year’s Eve, Concordia will celebrate the holiday with a trip to the San Antonio Spurs game versus the Brooklyn Nets at the AT&T Center.
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27 December 2013
Senior Kristen Conahan