#9 Concordia University will square off with #13 Morningside College in a key early season GPAC contest on Saturday afternoon in Seward. Tip is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Jersey Day at the Walz Human Performance Complex. Fans are encouraged to support the Bulldog basketball teams by wearing any kind of jersey.
Concordia brings a perfect 8-0 record into Saturday’s action. The Bulldogs are 3-0 in GPAC play, and all but one of Concordia’s wins so far this year has come by double digits. Concordia has conference wins over Mount Marty (67-61), Nebraska Wesleyan (99-48) and Midland University (67-54) so far this year. The Bulldogs continue to do it with defense, ranking first in the NAIA in steals per game (17.8) and turnover margin (13.1). Concordia also ranks in the NAIA’s top 10 in scoring margin (26.1), offensive rebounds per game (18.8), 3-point field goals made per game (9.5), total steals (142), scoring defense (52.8), scoring offense (78.9), and total 3-point field goals made (76).
The Bulldogs will be tested Saturday by a talented Morningside team that brings a 6-3 overall record (1-1 GPAC) into Seward. The Mustangs opened GPAC play with a 54-50 loss to Hastings College. Morningside responded with a 68-52 win over traditional power Northwestern College. The Mustangs picked up an 81-70 win over Grand View on November 30 for their sixth win of the season. Morningside averages just over 75 points per game while allowing 65 on the year. The Mustangs are led by Chelsie Trask. Trask, who is one of the top players in the GPAC, is the only player averaging double figures in scoring for Morningside so far this season. Trask averages 17 points per game and is also one of the top rebounders for the Mustangs.
The Concordia Sports Network will feature a live audio and video webcast of Saturday’s contest. Keegan Bloomfield will call all the action from the Walz Complex.