2004-05 - Women's Basketball schedule/roster
31-5 Overall, 15-3 GPAC
|Nov. 9||York College||York, Neb.||W 69-49|
|Nov. 12||vs. Olivet Nazarene||Olathe, Kan.||W 107-54|
|Nov. 13||vs. MidAmerica Nazarene||Olathe, Kan.||W 73-34|
|Nov. 16||College of St. Mary||Seward, Neb.||W 75-45|
|Nov. 20||Dana College*||Seward, Neb.||W 92-41|
|Nov. 23||Hastings College*||Seward, Neb.||W 69-47|
|Nov. 26||vs. York College||Seward, Neb.||W 88-69|
|Nov. 27||vs. Peru State College||Seward, Neb.||W 78-34|
|Dec. 1||Midland Lutheran*||Fremont, Neb.||W 74-44|
|Dec. 4||University of Sioux Falls*||Seward, Neb.||W 83-67|
|Dec. 7||Doane College*||Seward, Neb.||W 65-51|
|Dec. 11||Briar Cliff University*||Sioux City, Iowa||W 58-44|
|Clark Holiday Tournament:|
|Dec. 29||vs. Viterbo||Dubuque, Iowa||W 73-70|
|Dec. 30||vs. Luther||Dubuque, Iowa||W 69-55|
|Dec. 31||vs. UW-Platteville||Dubuque, Iowa||L 76-64|
|Jan. 6||Nebraska Wesleyan*||Lincoln, Neb.||W 100-35|
|Jan. 8||Dordt College*||Seward, Neb.||W 68-61|
|Jan. 11||Morningside College*||Seward, Neb.||L 82-67|
|Jan. 16||Dakota Wesleyan*||Mitchell, S.D.||W 56-45|
|Jan. 19||Dana College*||Blair, Neb.||W 67-48|
|Jan. 22||Mount Marty College*||Seward, Neb.||W 70-47|
|Jan. 25||Midland Lutheran*||Seward, Neb.||W 86-36|
|Concordia Invitational Tournament (CIT):|
|Jan. 28||vs. Concordia River Forest||W 86-36|
|Jan. 29||vs. Concordia Ann Arbor||W 73-46|
|Feb. 2||Doane College*||Crete, Neb.||L 54-67|
|Feb. 5||Northwestern College*||Orange City, Iowa||W 67-63|
|Feb. 9||Hastings College*||Hastings, Neb.||W 69-54|
|Feb. 16||Nebraska Wesleyan*||Seward, Neb.||W 83-47|
|Feb. 19||Morningside College*||Sioux City, Iowa||L 53-79|
|Feb. 22||vs. Northwestern*||Seward, Neb.||W 77-58|
|Feb. 26||vs. Doane*||Crete, Neb.||W 76-53|
|March 1||vs. Morningside*||Sioux City, Iowa||W 47-35|
|NAIA National Tournament:|
|March 10||Western Baptist||Sioux City, Iowa||W 70-58|
|March 11||Cardinal Stitch||Sioux City, Iowa||W 65-51|
|March 12||Sterling College||Sioux City, Iowa||W 66-42|
|March 14||Cedarville (Final Four)||Sioux City, Iowa||L 86-42|
*Indicates Great Plains Athletic Conference Games
All Home Games in BOLD
2004-05 - Women's Basketball roster
|10||Becca Hiller||G||5-6||Sr.||Lincoln, Neb.|
|12||Marie Wintz||G||5-7||So.||Hartington, Neb.|
|14||Amanda Brack||G||5-8||Fr.||Renner, S.D.|
|20||Jordan Schmoldt||G||5-6||Fr.||Clay Center, Neb.|
|22||Carly Wolfram||G||5-6||Jr.||Tomball, Texas|
|24||Kari Saving||G/F||5-10||Sr.||Lenexa, Kan.|
|30||Jaime Loos||G||5-10||Fr.||Lincoln, Kan.|
|32||Keyna Kobza||G||5-9||Sr.||Bruning, Neb.|
|34||Jenny Karner||G||5-9||Sr.||St. Louis, Mo.|
|40||Kayla Luehman||F||5-10||Sr.||Lewiston, Minn.|
|42||Jessica Domina||F||5-10||Jr.||Coleridge, Neb.|
|44||Sarah Harrison||F||6-1||Sr.||Stratton, Neb.|
|50||Jenni Lovegrove||F||5-11||So.||Fairmont, Neb.|
|52||Naomi Laune||F||6-0||Sr.||Ashland, Neb.|
|Brittany Feher||F||6-1||Fr.||Cleveland, Ohio|
|Tiffany Harder||G||5-8||Fr.||Wisner, Neb.|
|Libby Hirssig||F||5-11||Fr.||Rochester, Minn.|
|Jackie Nuxoll||F||6-1||Fr.||Ord, Neb.|
|Liz Spencer||F||5-9||Fr.||Meade, Colo.|
|Whitney Stichka||G||5-8||Fr.||Ruskin, Neb.|
|Jackie McCullough||F||5-11||Fr.||Milford, Neb.|
Concordia wins at York by margin of 69-49
9 NOV 2004
Concordia pulled out to a 39-20 halftime lead and went on for a 69-49 victory in their season opener on Nov. 9 at York. Keyna Kobza led the scoring with 20 points, hitting six of eight shots from three-point range. Kari Saving added 17 and Sarah Harrison 10. Harrison also was credited with eight rebounds.
Bulldogs advance to MidAmerica Nazarene finals on Saturday
12 NOV 2004
Concordia defeated Olivet Nazarene, 107-54, on Nov. 12 in the first round of the MidAmerica Nazarene Tip-Off Classic at Olathe, Kan. The Bulldogs in the finals will face MidAmerica Nazarene, a 79-56 winner over McPherson. Five players scored in double figures against Olivet, with Kari Saving hitting for 20, Keyna Kobza 17, Carly Wolfram 13 and Kayla Luehmann and Sarah Harrison each 10 as the team hit 56.5 percent of field-goal attempts while holding Olivet to 22 percent. It was 53-23 at half. Wolfram turned in seven assists and five were credited to Luehmann, who also blocked three shots.
Bulldogs capture MidAmerica Nazarene Tip Off Classic title
13 NOV 2004
Concordia won the MidAmerica Nazarene Tip Off Classic championship on Nov. 13 with a 73-34 win over the host team.
Concordia set the tone with a 24-7 run to start the second half after leading, 35-15, at the break. It was a rematch of the NAIA national tournament first-round game in March that found the Bulldogs winning, 70-57. Kari Saving led the Concordia with 20 points and seven assists. Jessica Domina scored 11 and Kayla Luehmann eight with each pulling down seven rebounds. Sarah Harrison blocked two shots as the Bulldogs held the Lady Pioneers to 26 percent shooting on 22 field-goal attempts.
Bulldogs cruise to 75-45 win in home opener
16 NOV 2004
The Concordia women's basketball team advanced to 4-0 with a 75-45 victory in its home opener against College of St. Mary on Nov. 16.
The Bulldogs took advantage of 16 Flame turnovers in the first half for a 41-22 margin at half. The Flames held Concordia scoreless for the first six minutes of the second half and pulled within 45-37 at 12:37. However, they only scored two points in the next eight minutes as Concordia pulled away as they put up 25 more shots than St. Mary for the game.
Keyna Kobza scored 19, Kari Saving 17 and Naomi Laune 11 for Concordia. Sarah Shafer had eight points for the Flames with Ashley Austin and Mikki Tillman each adding seven.
Concordia rolled in GPAC opener against Dana, 92-41
20 NOV 2004
Concordia won its GPAC opener over Dana, 92-41, at home on Nov. 20. Kari Saving and Keyna Kobza each scored 14 for the Bulldogs with Sarah Harrison adding 13 and Naomi Laune 12. Kobza led in rebounding with seven with Kayla Luehmann pulling down six. Saving had six assists
Second-half scoring drouth dooms Hastings, 69-47
23 NOV 2004
Hastings led, 26-23, with 4:16 left in the first half but was scoreless in the first seven minutes of the final period as Concordia moved out in front, 45-26, on the way to its sixth straight win of the year. The Bulldogs led, 27-26, at the break of the GPAC contest on Nov. 23. NAIA pre-season polls rated Hastings as the No. 3 team in the nation while Concordia was placed at No. 7. Sarah Harrison and Keyna Kobza each scored 13 for Concordia with Carly Wolfram adding 12 and Kari Saving 11. Jenny Karner had seven rebounds and Harrison six. In assists, Saving led with six while Wolfram, who also had three steals, added five. Lynnze Martinsen led Hastings with 18 points
as the Broncos dropped to 6-3 for the year.
Concordia tops York, 88-69, in Cattle Classic
26 NOV 2004
The Concordia women's basketball team surged past York, 88-69, on Nov. 26 in the Cattle Classic at Seward. Morningside won over Peru State, 89-47, in the other contest.
Four Bulldogs scored in double figures with Kari Saving leading with 24 and Naomi Laune adding 20, Sarah Harrison 14 and Keyna Kobza 10. Harrison and Carly Wolfram each grabbed six rebounds with five each credited to Jessica Domina and Saving. Kobza had five assists and Jenny Karner and Saving each four.
It was 47-26 at half but York pulled within 12 points at 66-54 with 8:28 remaining.
The photo shows action at halftime of a scrimmage by girls in grades 3-5 who participated in the Cattle Classic basketball youth camp on Sunday that was hosted by Concordia coaches and players.
Bulldogs overwhelm Peru State, 78-34, at Cattle Classic
27 NOV 2004
A quick opening barrage proved too much for Peru State, 78-34, at a Cattle Classic game against Concordia in Seward on the afternoon of Nov. 27. Morningside defeated York, 88-59, in the first game.
The Bulldogs scored off the opening tip and in the first eight minutes they had 25 points before Peru scored its first basket. It was 41-9 at half. Kari Saving led the scoring with 20 with Keyna Kobza adding 16 and Sarah Harrison 11. In rebounding, Harrison had 10, Jessica Domina eight and Kobza seven. Jenny Karner and Carly Wolfram each totaled five assists. Ashley Mefferd's seven points were tops for Peru.
Saving (left) and Harrison were named to the all-tournament team along with Brittany Carper from Morningside, Ginger Gatliff from York and Theresa Dolan from Peru State.
Saving named GPAC Player of the Week
Kari Saving, a 5-10 senior guard from Lenexa, Kan., is the Great Plains Athletic Conference and Hauff Mid-America Sports women’s basketball player-of-the-week. Saving averaged 18.3 points, four rebounds and 4.3 assists a game as the Bulldogs won three, including a 69-47 win over #3 Hastings. Saving shot 50 percent from the field and was 7-15 from behind the arc for 47 percent. She scored more than 20 points in two victories at Concordia’s own Cattle Classic en route to all-tournament honors. Concordia is now 2-0 in the GPAC, 8-0 overall and rated #7 in the nation.
Bulldogs 9-0 after 74-44 GPAC victory at Midland Lutheran
1 DEC 2004
Keyna Kobza scored 21 points, Sarah Harrison 19 and Naomi Laune 10 as Concordia defeated Midland Lutheran, 74-44, in a GPAC game at Fremont on Dec. 1. The Bulldogs are 3-0 in conference play. Both teams had difficulty hitting from long range with Concordia making only one of 14 three-point attempts and the Warriors two of 13. The Bulldogs did connect on 21 of 26 free throws. Harrison, who hit nine of 11 shots while playing only 19 minutes, had six rebounds and Kari Saving five while Jenny Karner blocked two shots. Kobza turned in four of the 19 Bulldog steals and Becca Hiller led in assists with three. It was 36-20 at half.
Harrison scores 31 in 83-67 victory over Sioux Falls
4 DEC 2004
Sarah Harrison scored 31 points as Concordia notched its 10th victory of the season over Sioux Falls by a score of 83-67. The Bulldogs didn't lead until 28-26 with 5:44 left in the first half of the afternoon GPAC game at Seward on Dec. 4. It was 38-33 at the break. The fast-paced game found Sioux Falls leading by 15-7 after five minutes of play behing the three-point shooting of Chelsey Nelson. Concordia is 4-0 in the GPAC while Sioux Falls fell to 1-3. The Cougars are 6-5 overall.
Kari Saving added 18, Keyna Kobza 12 and Naomi Laune 10 for the Bulldogs. Saving had nine rebounds while Harrison, Kayla Luehmann and Jenni Lovegrove each grabbed five as the Bulldogs controlled the boards, 38-18. Kobza led in assists with nine. Concordia didn't miss a free throw until seven minutes were left with a total of 17 of 19 from the stripe.
Courtney Farrell led the Sioux Falls scoring with 28 with Kaite Pulford adding 16 and Chelsey Nelson 12. Krista Orsack made 10 assists.
Concordia wins over Doane, 65-51
7 DEC 2004
Kari Saving scored 22 and Keyna Kobza 20 as Concordia moved to 11-0 with a 65-51 GPAC victory over Doane at Seward on Tuesday night.
The Bulldogs, now 5-0 in conference play, led by 63-40 with 2:30 remaining. A low-scoring first half found Concordia leading, 27-15, at the break. Marti Christensen scored 11 and Josi Gronemeyer 10 for Doane, now 7-4, 3-2 in the GPAC.
Saving also led the Bulldogs in rebounding with nine and steals with five. She and Sarah Harrison each blocked two shots. Kobza led with four assists.
Earlier in the day the Bulldogs found they were at No. 3 in the first NAIA ratings released this season while Doane was at No. 24. Morningside was the top-ranked team and Hastings was placed at No. 12.
Concordia cruises at Briar Cliff, 58-44
11 DEC 2004
Keyna Kobza scored 20 and Sarah Harrison 13 as Concordia went 12-0 with a 58-44 GPAC victory over Briar Cliff on Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs, now 6-0 in GPAC play, led by 33-20 at half.
Carly Wolfram led rebounding with eight while Harrison picked off six. Kari Saving turned in five assists while Naomi Laune and Kobza each had two steals. The Bulldogs hit 48.1 percent of their field-goal attempts while failing to connect in nine three-point attempts. Betsy Graf led Briar Cliff, 5-8, with 17 points.
Bulldogs stay at #3 in NAIA ratings of Dec. 14
The 12-0 Concordia women's basketball team remained at No. 3 in the NAIA Division II ratings of Dec. 14 that found the Great Plains Athletic Conference well-represented with five teams in the top 25.
GPAC rival Morningside (12-1) dropped from the top spot it held a week earlier to No. 2 after a 94-80 loss to Missouri Western.
Hastings (11-3) made a big advance from No. 12 to No. 7 after a 59-49 win over St. Gregory and 83-70 over Northwestern. The Red Raiders (11-2), who had been rated at No. 8, dropped to No. 12. Doane (8-4) remained at No. 24 with Mount Marty (8-5) among others receiving votes.
Concordia enters Clarke tournament on Dec. 28
Concordia returns Dec. 28 to the Clarke College Holiday Tournament at the Kehl Center in Dubuque, Iowa. The Bulldogs won the tournament two years ago and were runners-up in 2000. Viterbo (4-9) will be the opening opponent at 5:15 p.m. Concordia defeated the La Crosse, Wis., school, 79-51, a year ago on a holiday trip to Florida.
“Viterbo has been a solid program over the years,” Coach Todd Voss said. “We look forward to playing them and seeing some different competition. Clarke College really runs a nice tournament.”
Edgewood or Luther will be the opponent for the second game. A first-round victory would put them in a Thursday game at 5:45 p.m. while a loss calls for a Wednesday game at 3:45. If the Bulldogs advance, the tournament championship game is at 3:30 on Friday.
Teams entered include a mix of NAIA and NCAA Division III schools: Luther, Decorah, Iowa (5-1); Edgewood, Madison, Wis. (6-4); UW Platteville, Platteville, Wis. (5-2); Clarke, Dubuque, Iowa (3-6); Mount Mercy, Iowa (5-9); and Tri-State, Angola, Ind. (3-5).
Bulldogs advance, 73-70, in Clarke Holiday Tournament
29 DEC 2004
Sarah Harrison and Kari Saving each scored 24 points as Concordia defeated Viterbo, 73-70, in the first round of the Clarke College Holiday Tournament on Tuesday afternoon at Dubuque, Iowa. The Bulldogs at 5:45 p.m. on Thursday take on Luther, a 78-70 winner over Edgewood in two overtimes. The Decorah, Iowa, team is 7-1.
Concordia led Viterbo, 39-29 at half as they hit on 60.9 percent of 23 shots from the field and 90.9 percent of 11 free throws. Harrison was named player of the game and Saving advanced to the finals of a three-point shooting contest. The Bulldogs doubled the rebounding total of their opponents, 32-16. Keyna Kobza turned in four assists and Becca Hiller was credited with three steals. Anne Wilson led Viterbo with 22 points.
Bulldogs face UW-Platteville Friday for Clarke championship
30 DEC 2004
Luther (6-2) fell to Concordia, 69-55, in the semifinals of the Clarke College Holiday tournament on Thursday evening. The 14-0 Bulldogs will face UW-Platteville in the tournament finals at 3:30 p.m. on Friday at Dubuque, Iowa. The 8-2 NCAA Division III team won handily in its first two tourney outings -- 77-53 over Mount Mercy and 66-40 over Clarke. Kari Saving, who was named player of the game, and Keyna Kobza each scored 16 points to lead Concordia in the win over Luther. Saving also contributed eight assists. The Bulldogs ran up a 43-27 halftime margin as they hit 75 percent of 24 field-goal attempts. They cooled off to 30 percent of 30 shots in the final stanza as they were outscored 28-26. Concordia stole the ball 19 times, but Carly Wolfram coming up with five and Sarah Harrison four. Harrison and Saving led rebounding with totals of six and give. Jenni Lovegrove scored nine points for the Bulldogs and Kayla Luehmann and Harrison each added eight and Wolfram seven.
UW-Platteville hands Bulldogs first loss, 76-64, in finals
31 DEC 2004
UW-Platteville (9-2) won over Concordia, 76-64, in the finals of the Clarke College Holiday Tournament on Saturday afternoon at Dubuque, Iowa. It was the first loss for the Bulldogs after 14 victories. Kari Saving led the Bulldog scoring with 24 points, followed by Keyna Kobza with 17 and Sarah Harrison 10. The Wisconsin team led, 29-23, at half. They hit 59 percent of their 39 field-goal attempts, although connecting on one less than Concordia, 24-23, as the Bulldog hits 42.1 percent of 57 shots. They hit 25 of 33 free throws on 25 Bulldog personal fouls while Concordia was 12-15 at the charity stripe on 15 foul calls. Harrison led rebounding with six and blocked two shots. Saving stole the ball four times and Kobza turned in four assists.
Saving named MVP at Clarke holiday tournament
Kari Saving, 5-10 Concordia senior guard, was named Most Valuable Player at the Clarke College Holiday Tournament that was held this week at Dubuque, Iowa. Sarah Harrison and Keyna Kobza earned all-tournament team honors. Also recognized with tournament leadership awards were Kayla Luehmann and Kobza. Saving averaged 21.3 points for the three games.
Bulldogs at #4 in NAIA ratings; Morningside takes top spot
The 14-1 Concordia women's basketball team dropped one spot to No. 4 in the NAIA Division II ratings of Jan. 4 that found the Great Plains Athletic Conference well-represented with four teams in the Top 25.
GPAC rival Morningside (15-1) attained the top spot after being at No. 2 on Dec. 14.
Hastings (13-4) popped up from No. 7 to No. 6. Northwestern (13-2), which had been rated at No. 12, moved up to No. 11. Doane (10-5), which was at No. 24, dropped from the Top 25 list but was among others receiving votes.
Bulldogs hit century mark in win over Nebraska Wesleyan
6 JAN 2005
Concordia defeated Nebraska Wesleyan, 100-35, in a return to GPAC play on Thursday night in Lincoln. Five players scored in double figures with Kari Saving hitting 20, Jenni Lovegrove 15 and Keyna Kobza, Kayla Luehmann and Sarah Harrison each 10. It was 53-17 at half. Saving also had six assists and four steals. Every Bulldog to see time scored in the contest. The Women are back at home on Saturday for a 2:00pm showdown with Dordt.
Bulldog women hang on for victory in GPAC battle
8 JAN 2005
Leading 37-28 at half, the Bulldogs survived a second half push by the Dordt defenders to improve to 8-0 in GPAC Conference play with a 68-61 victory. Carly Wolfram, Keyna Kobza and Jenni Lovegrove led the way for Concordia with 13 points each.
Bulldogs suffer rare defeat at home
11 JAN 2005
Number-one ranked Morningside defeated #4 Concordia 82-67 with a solid defensive performance and stellar outside shooting. The Mustangs hit 8 three-pointers in the first half and finished with 12 on the night. Concordia was led by Keyna Kobza with 16 points and 8 boards. The Bulldogs are back in action on Sunday at 2:00 pm against Dakota Wesleyan at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, SD.
Women playing well on the road
16 & 19 JAN 2005
The Bulldogs have picked up two straight road victories this week. Concordia defeated Dakota Wesleyan at the Corn Palace 56-45 and Dana 67-48 in Blair.
Women's basketball victorious on senior day
22 JAN 2005
The Bulldogs picked up a 70-47 victory on senior day Saturday in Seward. Senior Sarah Harrison scored 25 points on 8 of 11 shooting and pulled down 8 boards to lead the way. Fellow seniors Kari Saving and Keyna Kobza hit double figures with 12 points each. The Bulldogs are back at home Tuesday night against Midland Lutheran before heading to River Forest for the Concordia Invitational Tournament.
Bulldogs overcome poor shooting in first half for win
25 JAN 2005
Nothing seemed to want to go in the hoop for the Bulldogs in the first half; layups or jumpers, it didn't seem to matter. Eventually the Bulldogs found their range picking up the victory 68-54 over Midland Lutheran. Concordia held a three point lead at half after shooting only 29 percent from the field. The second half treated the Bulldogs much better as they shot 46 percent from the field, hitting four three-point baskets. Kayla Luehmann helped the cause hitting on all five of her second half attempts finishing with 14 points. Kari Saving was perfect behind the arc in the second half as well going two for two. Shari Elofson of Midland lead all scorers with 15 points. The next action for the Bulldogs comes Friday at the Concordia Invitational Tournament.
Big win puts Bulldogs in final
28 JAN 2005
Sarah Harrison scored a game high 29 points as the Bulldogs beat the Ann Arbor Cardinals 86-36 in the first round of the 54th Annual CIT. The Bulldogs didn't allow a Cardinal field goal for over eight minutes in the first half cruising to a 39-9 advantage at half. All eleven Bulldogs to see action scored. Jessica Domina, Keyna Kobza and Kari Saving all had nine points each. As a team the Bulldogs had 18 steals and out rebounded Ann Arbor 42-18. With the win the Bulldogs advance to the final on Saturday at 6pm and will face the winner of the River Forest vs. Mequon contest.
A decade of dominance for the Bulldogs
29 JAN 2005
The Bulldogs won their tenth straight CIT title with a 73-46 win over Mequon on Saturday night. Kari Saving led the charge for the Bulldogs with 17 points and five rebounds. Jenny Karner chipped in with 10 points off the bench. On the night 11 different Bulldogs scored and as a team dished out 18 assists. Defensively the Falcons of Mequon didn't have the answer for Sarah Harrison. Harrison blocked six shots and pulled down eight rebounds. The Bulldogs held Mequon to 29 percent shooting from the field. Sarah Harrison was named tournament MVP for a second consecutive year. Joining Harrison on the all-tournament team was Kari Saving.
#14 Doane too much for #5 Bulldogs
2 FEB 2005
In a turnover plagued game for both squads, Doane made the most of its opportunities at the free throw line to beat the Bulldogs 67-54. The Tigers hit 25 of their 37 attempts on the night; 11 more than the Bulldogs. The success at the charity stripe helped overshadow the 31 turnovers committed by the Tigers. The Bulldogs didn't fare much better in the turnover department with 23 of their own. Concordia stuggled all night offensively, shooting 31 percent overall. The Bulldogs came in shooting over 47 percent from the field on the season. With victories over Hastings and Morningside last week, and Bulldogs this week, Doane has beaten the top three teams in the GPAC standings. The Bulldogs travel to Orange City, Iowa, to play Northwestern on Saturday. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Women bounce back at Northwestern
5 FEB 2005
The Bulldogs picked up an important GPAC win, 67-63 over Northwestern on the road Saturday. It was the first action for the Bulldogs since losing at Doane on Wednesday.
Kobza joins 1000-point club
The Concordia women's basketball team added its 17th member to the 1000-point club over the weekend. Senior Keyna Kobza (Bruning, Neb.) eclipsed the 1000-point mark, scoring 16 points in a 67-63 victory over Northwestern on February 5th. The Bruning-Davenport High School alumna now has 1003 points for her career. A free throw with 4:05 on the clock put Kobza at an even 1000 points as a Bulldog. Her next basket was nothing short of dramatic, as Kobza buried a three-point field goal with 18 seconds left to put the Bulldogs ahead for good. Kobza has hit 33 three-pointers this season on her way to 345 points.
Bulldogs get second win over Hastings
9 FEB 2005
In what looked to be a tight game, the #6 Bulldogs erupted for 44 second half points, beating the #14 Hastings Broncos 69-54. Trailing early in the game, Concordia battled back to knot the score at halftime 25-25. In a game that had six ties, the Bulldogs took the lead for good on a free throw by Kari Saving with 10:16 left. From that point Concordia held the Broncos scoreless on five straight possesions. Saving had a huge night offensively, scoring 23 in the victory. Carly Wofram added some spark on the offensive end as well, hitting two three-point field goals and all six of her free throws to finish with 14. Sarah Harrison also reached double figures with 10 points. The Bulldogs play their final regular season home game on Wednesday against Nebraska Wesleyan. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Sharp shooting, solid defense seal win over Prairie Wolves
16 FEB 2005
For the first eight minutes Nebraska Wesleyan went almost point-for-point with the Bulldogs, trailing by only one at the 11:50 mark in the first half. The next 12 minutes Concordia held the Wolves to three points, two coming with 20 seconds left in the half as they opened up a 43-17 lead. The Bulldogs shot a blistering 55.6 percent from the field and 86 percent from the line for the game. Keyna Kobza led the way for the Bulldogs with 20 points, as 12 different players notched points on the night for Concordia. Kayla Luehmann pulled down 7 boards and was the only other Bulldog to reach double figures with 11 points. Freshman Jordan Schmoldt contributed eight points off the bench. Concordia, ranked fifth in NAIA Division II, travels to Sioux City to take on No. 2 Morningside on Saturday. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Morningside uses three-point barrage to defeat Bulldogs
19 FEB 2005
The Morningside Mustangs came into Saturdays contest having made 279 of 772 three-point attempts on the season. They added 10 more in the first half, scoring 30 of their 40 points from beyond the arc. The 79-53 win was the Mustangs 29th straight at home. The Bulldogs struggled to find any offensive rhythm shooting just 30 percent from the field and 5-9 from the charity stripe in the first half. The Mustangs forced 18 Concordia turnovers, converting them into 30 points. Megan Cloud and Beth Watson of Morningside each finished with five triples. Cloud led all scorers with 22 points. The Bulldogs had four players in double figures. Sarah Harrison had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the double-double. Kari Saving added 11 points and Jenny Karner and Keyna Kobza had 10 points apiece. The Bulldogs host Northwestern in the first round of the GPAC tournament on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Saving paces Bulldogs in win over Northwestern
22 FEB 2005
Kari Saving had a huge game offensively, scoring 30 points to lead the No. 6 Bulldogs to a 77-58 victory over Northwestern in the first round of the GPAC tournament. Concordia will travel to Crete, Neb. on Saturday to face Doane in second round action. Tip-off will be at 7:30 p.m.
The Bulldogs never trailed, as they took the early 1-0 lead on a Carly Wolfram free throw and never looked back. Steals on the defensive end led to easy offense as the Bulldogs scored 18 points off 20 Northwestern turnovers. Back to back buckets by Saving in the last 33 seconds of the first half, including a fade away jumper as time expired, gave Concordia a commanding 49-20 halftime lead. In the second half, Northwestern cut the lead to 13 with 2:20 remaining after a traditional three point play by Deb Remmerde. Remmerde finished the night with 28 points, sinking all 11 of her free-throws. The Bulldogs responded with a bucket and steal on the ensuing possessions. On the night 10 different Bulldogs scored. Jenny Karner and Keyna Kobza added 11 points each. Saving had 5 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 steals to complement her 30 point performance. With the win the Bulldogs improve to 26-4 overall.
Bulldogs avenge loss to Doane, get shot at Morningside in Championship
26 FEB 2005
Same song, second verse. Early on it looked like the Doane Tigers were going to cause the same problems for Concordia as they opened up a five-point advantage. But this time around the Bulldogs wanted to dance to a different tune: Defense. In the 76-53 victory, the Bulldogs used stifling man-to-man defense to hold the Tigers to only seven points in the final 11:45 of the first half, while scoring 24 points of their own. Back-to-back threes by Sarah Harrison and Keyna Kobza gave the Bulldogs the lead and they never looked back, en route to a 41-25 halftime advantage. The Bulldogs were a perfect 4-4 from beyond the arc and 9-9 from the charity stripe in the first half.
Concordia continued to pour it on offensively in the second half opening up a commanding 31-point lead. Kari Saving and Kobza each scored 14 points on the night. Kayla Luehmann added a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Jenny Karner, who came off the bench early and often, also reached double figures with 10 points. After the game Coach Todd Voss praised the complete team effort. "At tournament time you need players to step up. Tonight the entire team, top to bottom, gave a great effort." As a team, the Bulldogs made 20 of 21 free throws and shot 48.1 percent from the field. Concordia will have a chance to avenge another loss, as they travel to Sioux City, Iowa, to battle Morningside in the GPAC Championship on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.
Women upset Morningside for GPAC Tournament Championship
1 MAR 2005
Concordia put an end to Morningside's school record 31-game home-court winning streak, and won the GPAC Tournament Championship Game with a 47-35 victory. The Bulldogs never trailed as they scored nine unanswered to open the game. Concordia held the Mustangs to only three field goals in the first half, and zero three-pointers, as Morningside shot 12 percent from the field. The Bulldogs were the complete opposite, hitting on 12-18 from the field (66.7 percent), and 10-12 from the line on their way to a 35-10 advantage at halftime. In the second half the Mustangs did mount a comeback, as they trimmed the deficit to single digits late in the game and closed within eight points, 51-43 with 1:24 remaining. The Bulldogs dominated the glass in the game, tearing down 45 boards compared to only 23 for Morningside. Jessica Domina ripped down 12 rebounds and added 4 points in 15 minutes off the bench. Kari Saving led the way offensively, scoring 17 points. Sarah Harrison was the only other Bulldog in double-figures with 10. Eight Bulldogs scored in the balanced offensive effort. The Bulldogs await seeding for the NAIA National Championship which will be released after 5:00 p.m. on March 2.
Bulldogs advance to second round
10 MAR 2005
Concordia defeated Western Baptist College, 70-58, in the first round of the 2005 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship held at Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena March 9-15.
The Bulldogs had two players in double figures and were led by senior guard Kari Saving who finished with 22 points and dished out three assists. Senior forward Sarah Harrison added 18 points to the contest and pulled down nine rebounds. Fellow senior Keyna Kobza added nine points in the victory. "There were a lot of positives in the win," said coach Todd Voss. "We did struggle from the free-throw line, and need improve on that part of our game."
Concordia improves to 29-4 on the season with the win and advances to Friday’s second round. The Bulldogs will face Cardinal Stritch in a game set for 2:15 p.m. The 32-team, single-elimination tournament concludes Tuesday, March 15, with the championship game at 6:30 p.m.
This is the Bulldogs' second year in a row to go to the national tournament, their seventh national tournament appearance overall. In 2004 the Bulldogs made it as far as the quarterfinals.
Women cruise into quarterfinals
11 MAR 2005
The Bulldogs defeated Cardinal Stritch University, 65-51 to advance to the quarterfinals of the NAIA Women's Division II National Championship Tournament.
Cardinal Stritch got out to an early lead, 3-0. But the Bulldogs took control on their way to a 36-24 halftime advantage. Sarah Harrison led the Bulldogs with a game high 17 points and pulled ten rebounds. Keyna Kobza was also in double figures with 13 points for the Concordia. Nine different Bulldogs played eight minutes or more in the victory. The Dogs also took a step in the right direction from the charity stripe, hitting on 75 percent of their attempts.
This will be the Bulldogs fourth quarterfinal appearance. Concordia improves to 30-4 on the season with the win and advances to Saturday’s quarterfinal round. The Bulldogs will face Sterling College (Kan.) who beat Mary (N.D.), 76-58; game time is set for 6:00 p.m.
The 32-team, single elimination tournament concludes Tuesday, March 15 with the championship game at 6:30 p.m.
Women to face top rated Cedarville in NAIA Final Four
12 MAR 2005
For the second game in a row, the Bulldogs used a balanced offensive attack to pick up a victory, 66-42, over the Sterling College Lady Warriors. With the win the Bulldogs improve to 31-4 on the season and advance to the NAIA Division II Final Four where they will face Cedarville.
Concordia hit their first five shots of the game and never looked back, taking a 47-19 lead at halftime. Jessica Domina put an exclamation point on the first half by draining a three point in the closing seconds. In the first half Concordia was perfect from the free-throw line as they hit on all 11 attempts. The Bulldogs also shot 52 percent from the field in the first half (16-for-31) and 50 percent from the 3-point line (4-for-8).
For the game the Bulldogs held the Lady Warriors to 28.6 percent shooting from the field. Concordia also out-rebounded Sterling College 45-32. The Bulldogs had four players in double figures led by senior forward Sarah Harrison who finished with 12 points and pulled down 8 rebounds. Kari Saving and Keyna Kobza each added 11 points, while junior forward Jessica Domina contributed ten points, all of which came in the first half.
The Bulldogs are making their seventh national tournament appearance and will be making their second trip to the NAIA Final Four. Concordia will face Cedarville in a re-match of last year's quarterfinals game in which Cedarville prevailed 77-69. Game time is set for 6:00 p.m. on Monday.
Bulldogs stopped by Cedarville in overtime
14 MAR 2005
For the second consecutive season the Bulldogs' championship run was ended by the Cedarville Yellowjackets. The 86-73 loss in overtime was decisive, but the Bulldogs had their chance, missing shots in the last moments of the second half that might have sealed the game. Instead the Yellowjackets pushed the game into overtime and held the Bulldogs scoreless during the extra period.
Cedarville used the one-two punch of Brittany Smart and Kari Flunker, who finished with 36 and 25 points respectively. For the Bulldogs, Kari Saving, Sarah Harrison and Carly Wolfram were all in double-figures with 20,14 and 10 points respectively.
The Bulldogs finish the season with a 31-5 record and the GPAC Tournament Championship.