GAME NOTES: Concordia primes for second half of GPAC play

By on Jan. 18, 2016 in Women's Basketball

SEWARD, Neb. – The No. 9 Concordia women’s basketball team is coming off an upset win over No. 6 Dakota Wesleyan. The Bulldogs have won 10 of their last 11 and look to keep the winning streak going as they host Hastings and travel to Mount Marty this week.

No. 14 Hastings (15-4, 9-3 GPAC) at No. 9 Concordia (14-4, 9-4 GPAC) 
Wednesday, Jan. 20 | 6 p.m.
Site: Walz Arena | Seward, Neb.
Webcast: Concordia Sports Network  
Live Stats: Dakstats 
Radio: 104.9 Max Country 

No. 9 Concordia (14-4, 9-4 GPAC) at Mount Marty (12-8, 6-6 GPAC)
Saturday, Jan. 23 | 2 p.m.
Site: Laddie E. Cimpl | Yankton, S.D.
Webcast: Stretch Internet 
Live Stats: Stretch Internet 
Radio: 104.9 Max Country 

Last time out
The Bulldogs owned two wins last week in GPAC play. On Wednesday, Concordia traveled to Omaha to take on College of Saint Mary and grabbed a 73-67 victory. Then on Saturday, the ‘Dogs hosted No. 6 Dakota Wesleyan and avenged their loss from earlier this season. Thanks to 11 3-pointers, the Bulldogs won over the Tigers, 81-69.

In the rankings
As of Monday, Jan. 18, Concordia is ranked ninth in the NAIA Division II. The next national ranking poll will be out Tuesday, Jan. 19, available HERE. As a team, the Bulldogs rank in the top 50 in the nation in more than 15 different statistical categories including third in 3-point field goals made per game (10.39), sixth in total 3-point field goals made (187) and seventh in scoring offense per game (80.17). Individually, Sydney Feller ranks 31st in assists/turnover ratio (1.94) and Becky Mueller ranks 43rd in 3-point field goal percentage (.394).

3-point thrillers
Eight different Bulldogs are shooting over .300 from behind the arc, including a 41.7 percentage from Shelby Quinn (25-60). As a team, the Bulldogs shoot .361 from distance and have made 187 total long balls which leads the GPAC.

Stacking up in the GPAC
In the GPAC, the Bulldogs lead in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.284), 3-point field goals made per game (10.39) and total 3-point field goals made (187), rank second in scoring offense per game (80.17) and rank third in total scoring (1,443), scoring margin (13.5), offensive rebounds per game (12.39) and steals per game (11.67). Below are individual rankings in the GPAC.

Brenleigh Daum – 3-point field goals made per game, fifth (2.28); total 3-point field goals, tied for fifth (41)

Sydney Feller – 3-point field goals made per game, 10th (1.89); assist to turnover ratio, ninth (1.94)

Becky Mueller – 3-point field goal percentage, tied for ninth (.394)

Mary Janovich – steals per game, ninth (1.94); total steals, tied for ninth (35)

Shelby Quinn – double-doubles, tied for 10th (1)

“I remember coach at one time was like, ‘Do you guys want to win?’ We just needed to go out there and play our basketball. We were just getting caught up in other stuff and when we stuck to the game plan and did what we needed to do we got the result,”

-Freshman Quinn Wragge on the win at College of Saint Mary

Scouting the No. 14 Hastings Broncos
The No. 14 Broncos of Hastings are currently 15-4 (9-3 GPAC) on the season. Earlier this season, the Bulldogs fell to the Broncos, 74-67 at Hastings. The Broncos are averaging 74.3 points and 36.5 rebounds per game. As a team, Hastings shoots .419 from the field and .307 from distance. Leading Hastings is Teeka Thompson with 14.9 points per game. Thompson shoots .512 from the field. Two other Broncos average double-digit scoring. The Broncos are led by head coach Jina Johansen who in her first season at Hastings. Johansen is assisted by Jon Perone and Kelby Fritz.

Scouting the Mount Marty Lancers
The Lancers of Mount Mary hold a 12-8 overall record and 6-6 record in the GPAC. The Lancers will play at No. 1 Morningside on Wednesday before hosting Concordia on Saturday. Mount Marty averages 75.9 points and 36.5 rebounds per game while holding its opponents to 67.6 points per contest. From the field, the Lancers shoot 41 percent and 34.4 percent from 3-point land. The squad has three Lancers averaging double-digit scoring efforts, including a 16 point average from Alex Kneeland. The Lancers are led by head coach Tom Schlimgen who is in his eighth season at Mount Marty. Schlimgen is assisted by Todd James Schlimgen, Kara Powell, Kelly Amundson and Brittany Austin.

Up next for the Bulldogs
The Concordia women’s basketball team will host Doane College next Wednesday before traveling to Chicago for CIT next weekend. The start time is slated for 6 p.m. in Walz Arena versus Doane.