Women's basketball finishes 2013-14 at No. 13 in national poll

Women’s basketball finishes 2013-14 at No. 13 in national poll

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SEWARD, Neb. – For the 39th-straight poll, the Concordia women’s basketball program found itself placed among the nation’s top 25 teams. The postseason edition of the coaches’ poll, released Wednesday by the NAIA, slotted the Bulldogs in a tie at No. 13.

Eighth-year head coach Drew Olson’s program has now been ranked in every NAIA Division II national poll since the beginning of the 2011-12 season. During that stretch, Concordia has held down a top five spot in 18 rankings, including four-straight No. 1 appearances to begin the 2012-13 season. The Bulldogs had a streak of 37-straight top 10 rankings until landing 13th this week.

Ranked No. 8 prior to the national tournament, Concordia fell five spots following a first-round exit from the national championships. The 2013-14 season marked the Bulldogs’ third-straight national tournament appearance and sixth over the past seven years.

With Bailey Morris and the rest of a solid junior class leading the way for next year’s team, Olson expects a return trip to the national tournament and a longer stay in Sioux City, Iowa.

“I know this program will continue to strive for the ultimate goal of a national title,” Olson said. “With the return of GPAC player of the year Bailey Morris, GPAC defensive player of the year Tracy Peitz, all-GPAC honorable mentions Kelsey Hizer and Becky Mueller, along with other returners and another strong recruiting class, I know we have a chance at achieving that goal.”

27 March 2014