GAME NOTES: Bulldogs host Tigers before traveling east

By admin on Jan. 25, 2016 in Women's Basketball

SEWARD, Neb. – The No. 6 Concordia women’s basketball will host Doane College on Wednesday before traveling to Chicago for the 65th annual Concordia Invitational Tournament this weekend.

Doane (12-10, 5-9 GPAC) at No. 6 Concordia (15-5, 10-5 GPAC) 
Wednesday, Jan. 27 | 6 p.m.
Site: Walz Arena | Seward, Neb.
Webcast: Concordia Sports Network  
Live Stats: Dakstats 
Radio: 104.9 Max Country 

No. 9 Concordia (15-5, 10-5 GPAC) vs Concordia – Ann Arbor (10-10, 5-9 WHAC)
Concordia Invitational Tournament
Friday, Jan. 29 | 1 p.m.
Site: Geiseman Gymnasium | River Forest, Ill.
Webcast: Concordia – Chicago Live Webcast 
Live Stats: Side Arm 

Last time out
Last week in GPAC action, the Concordia women’s basketball team posted one win and one loss. The Bulldogs defeated 10th-ranked Hastings by a 75-72 mark in Walz Arena. Then on Saturday, the Mount Marty Lancers upset the Bulldogs, 81-60.

In the rankings
As of Monday, Jan. 25, Concordia is ranked fifth in the NAIA Division II. The next national ranking poll will be out Tuesday, Jan. 26, available HERE. As a team, the Bulldogs rank in the top 50 in the nation in more than 15 different statistical categories including second in 3-point field goals made per game (10.25), seventh in total 3-point field goals made (205) and eighth in scoring offense per game (78.9). Individually, Quinn Wragge ranks ninth in field goal percentage (.569), Sydney Feller ranks 14th in assist/turnover ratio (2.23), Brenleigh Daum ranks 45th in total 3-pointers made (46) and 47th in 3-point field goals made per game (2.3) and Becky Mueller ranks 46th in 3-point field goal percentage (.388).

3-point thrillers
Eleven different Bulldogs are shooting over .300 from behind the arc, including five marks over 40 percent. As a team, the Bulldogs shoot .360 from distance and have made 205 total long balls which ranks second in the GPAC and seventh nationally. The squad also averages 10.5 3-pointers a game which leads the conference.

Stacking up in the GPAC
In the GPAC, the Bulldogs lead in 3-point field goals made per game (10.25), rank second in 3-point field goal percentage (.298) and 3-point field goals made (205), are tied for second in scoring offense per game (78.9), rank third in scoring margin (11.25) and steals per game (11.1) and are tied for third in total scoring offense (1,578). Below are individual rankings in the GPAC.

Brenleigh Daum – 3-point field goals made per game, fifth (2.30); total 3-point field goals, tied for sixth (46)

Sydney Feller – assist to turnover ratio, fifth (2.24)

Mary Janovich – steals per game, ninth (1.94)

Quinn Wragge – field goal percentage, third (.569); offensive rebounds per game, tied for seventh (2.10)

“Hastings is kind of a grind-it-out-team, very physical. I’m just proud of our kids to continue to battle, scrap and claw for everything that we got in that second half. That’s a really big win for us.”

-Head Coach Drew Olson

“We just have a lot of confidence in our game plan. When it comes down to the wire we focus the best that we can and execute as well as we can. Tonight it worked out in our favor.”

-Junior Shelby Quinn

Scouting the Doane Tigers
The Tigers of Doane College own a 12-10 overall record and a 5-9 mark in the GPAC. Earlier this season, the Bulldogs defeated the Tigers 71-66 in Crete. Done most recently defeated Dordt College, 51-38 and have won five of its last eight contests. As a team, the Tigers average 68.5 points and 38.8 rebounds a game. Doane shoots .415 from the field and .312 from 3-point range. Leading the Tigers in scoring is Heather Broman who averages 14.9 points a game and also averages 6.6 rebounds per contest, which is the second best on the team. The Tigers are led by head coach Tracee Fairbanks who is in her 17th season at Doane. Fairbanks is assisted by Alec Engebretson, Ryan Baumgartner and Rachelle Burks.

Up next for the Bulldogs
The Concordia women’s basketball team will compete in three games next week. First on Tuesday, the Bulldogs will welcome non-conference foe, Grace University to Walz Arena for a 7 p.m. tipoff.  Then returning to GPAC action, Concordia will travel to Nebraska Wesleyan on Wednesday and No. 1 Morningside on Saturday.