SEWARD, Neb. – The second half of the 14th-ranked Concordia women’s basketball team is in full swing this week. The Bulldogs will travel for both games this week, venturing to Midland University on Wednesday and Northwestern College on Saturday.
No. 14 Concordia (11-3, 6-3 GPAC) at No. 22 Northwestern (9-5, 4-4 GPAC)
Saturday, Jan. 9 | 2 p.m.
Site: Bultman Center | Orange City, Iowa
Webcast: Stretch Internet
Live Stats: Stretch Internet
Radio: 104.9 Max Country
Last time out
The Concordia women’s basketball team is currently on a seven game win streak. Most recently, the ‘Dogs have defeated Dordt College (68-64), Simpson University (Calif.) (81-61), Pacific Union College (93-55) and No. 4 Briar Cliff University (75-77).
In the rankings
As of Monday, Jan. 4, Concordia is ranked 14th in the NAIA Division II. The next national ranking poll will be out Tuesday, Jan. 5, available HERE. As a team, the Bulldogs rank in the top 50 in the nation in 20 different statistical categories including second in 3-point field goals made per game (10.5), fourth in total 3-point field goals made (147), seventh in scoring offense per game (82.43), eighth in 3-point field goal percentage (.368) and 10th in scoring margin (17.29). Below are individual rankings in NAIA Division II.
Becky Mueller – 3-point field goal percentage, 21st (.433)
Shelby Quinn – 3-point field goal percentage, sixth (.457)
Eleven different Bulldogs are shooting over .300 from behind the arc, including four student-athletes with percentages over 40. Guard Shelby Quinn has gone 21-46 (.457) with the long ball, often shooting a few feet from behind the 3-point line. Also over the .400 mark are Becky Mueller (.433), Aubri Bro (.500) and Carissa Gutz (.556). As a team, the ‘Dogs own a 36.8 percentage in the 3-point column which ranks eighth nationally and third in the GPAC.
Stacking up in the GPAC
In the GPAC, the Bulldogs lead in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.273), 3-point field goals made per game (10.50) and total 3-point field goals made (147), rank second in field goal percentage defense (.377), total rebound offense per game (42.2) and steals per game (12.36), rank third in scoring offense per game (82.14), total scoring offense (1,150), scoring margin (17.29), 3-point field goal percentage offense (.368), offensive rebounds per game (13.29), defensive rebounds per game (27.21) and total steals (173), rank fourth in scoring defense per game (64.86), field goal percentage (.450), assists per game (16.71) and turnover margin (3.43) and fifth in total rebound margin (3.93), total assists (234). Below are individual rankings in the GPAC.
Brenleigh Daum – 3-point field goals made per game, tied for eighth (2.0)
Becky Mueller – 3-point field goal percentage, fifth (.433)
Mary Janovich – steals per game, sixth (2.14); total steals, ninth (30)
Shelby Quinn – 3-point field goal percentage, second (.457); double-doubles, tied for ninth (1)
“I knew it was going to be a really tough game – two really good teams,” Olson said. “It just came down to getting stops and hitting some big shots. We were fortunate enough to do that in the fourth quarter.”
-Head coach Drew Olson on the win over No. 4 Briar Cliff
“Coach told me and Quinn before the game that we had to look to score. Shelby hit some big shots at the beginning and we knew we had to help her out. I was open so I just pulled the trigger.”
-Sophomore Mary Janovich on the win over No. 4 Briar Cliff
Scouting the Midland University Warriors
The Warriors of Midland University are 7-8 overall and 5-3 in the GPAC so far this season. As a team, MU averages 65.7 points and 32.0 rebounds per game. The Warriors shoot .394 from the field, including a .346 mark from 3-point range. Joelle Overkamp averages 17.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, which leads the squad. Three other Warriors average double-digit scoring efforts. Most recently, Midland was defeated by No. 2 Morningside on Saturday, Jan. 2, 87-66. The Warriors are led by head coach Shawn Gilbert who is in his third season at Midland University. Gilbert is assisted by Lindsey Moore and Corey Young.
Scouting the No. 22 Northwestern College Red Raiders
The No. 22 Red Raiders of Northwestern College hold a 9-5 (4-4 GPAC) record as of Monday, Jan. 4. The Raiders will face No. 12 Dakota Wesleyan on Wednesday before traveling to Seward. NWC averages 75.3 points and 37.3 rebounds a contest so far this year. From the field, Northwestern shoots .477 which ranks second in the conference. Kassidy De Jong leads the Red Raiders with 17.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per game while two more of her teammates average double-digit scoring efforts. In its last contest, the Northwestern squad suffered a loss to Doane College, 75-54. The Red Raiders are led by head coach Chris Yaw who is in his fifth season at Northwestern College. Yaw is assisted by Deb Remmerde-Leusink, Mallory Groskreutz and Paige O’Neal.
Up next for the Bulldogs
The Concordia women’s basketball team will continue to push through GPAC foes it faces College of Saint Mary and Dakota Wesleyan next week. The ‘Dogs will travel to Omaha on Wednesday, Jan. 13 to take on CSM for a 6 p.m. tipoff. Then on Saturday, Jan. 16 CUNE will host No. 12 Dakota Wesleyan with start time slated for 2 p.m.