SEWARD, Neb. – The Concordia women’s basketball team is set to close out the regular season this week. The Bulldogs will host College of Saint Mary on Wednesday evening and will recognize the seniors on the team. On Saturday, the squad will travel to Briar Cliff.
College of Saint Mary (15-12, 9-11) at No. 14 Concordia (21-7, 13-7 GPAC)
Wednesday, Feb. 17 | 7 p.m.
Site: Walz Arena | Seward, Neb.
Webcast: Concordia Sports Network
Live Stats: Dakstats
Radio: 104.9 Max Country
No. 14 Concordia (21-7, 13-7 GPAC) at No. 10 Briar Cliff (20-7, 13-7 GPAC)
Saturday, Feb. 20 | 2 p.m.
Site: Newman Flanagan Center | Sioux City, Iowa
Webcast: Charger Sports Network
Live Stats: Dakstats
Radio: 104.9 Max Country
Last time out
The Bulldogs won two GPAC contests las week. Concordia stomped Midland, 81-59 on Wednesday at home. Then on Saturday, the ‘Dogs slid out with a 71-70 victory over Northwestern.
In the rankings
As of Monday, Feb. 15, Concordia is ranked 14th in the NAIA Division II. The next national ranking poll will be out Tuesday, Feb. 16, available HERE.
As a team, the Bulldogs rank in the top 50 in the nation in more than 15 different statistical categories including sixth in 3-point field goals made per game (9.79) and total 3-point field goals made (274), eighth in total steals (319) and 10th in total scoring offense (2,139).
Individually, Quinn Wragge ranks sixth in field goal percentage (.572) and 49th in total steals (55), Sydney Feller ranks 21st in assist to turnover ratio (2.0) and Brenleigh Daum ranks 41st in total 3-point field goals made (61).
There are currently nine Bulldogs shooting over 30 percent from behind the arc. The three players attempting over 100 long balls all shoot over .320 with Becky Mueller registering a mark of .370 from 3-point range. Aubri Bro has gone 22-for-45 from behind the arc, registering a percentage of .489. The Bulldogs rank sixth nationally and first in the GPAC in 3-pointers made per game (9.79) and lead the conference and check in sixth nationally in total treys (274).
Stacking up in the GPAC
The Bulldogs are currently in a four way tie for second place in the GPAC standings. In the conference, Concordia leads in 3-point field goals made per game (9.79) and total 3-point field goals made (274), ranks second in total rebound offense per game (39.07) and total rebound offense (1,094) and ranks third in scoring offense per game (76.39), scoring offense (2,139), scoring margin (10.04), field goal percentage defense (.396), steals per game (11.39) and total steals (319). Below is a list of individual rankings in the GPAC.
Brenleigh Daum – 3-point field goals made per game, fifth (2.18); total 3-point field goals, tied for fourth (61)
Sydney Feller – assist to turnover ratio, tied for third (2.0)
Becky Mueller – 3-point field goal percentage, 10th (.370)
Quinn Wragge – total points, 10th (386); field goal percentage, tied for third (.572); steals per game, eighth (1.96); total steals, eighth (55); offensive rebounds per game, tied for sixth (2.21)
“I’m just really proud of our toughness to find a way to win the game. Northwestern had a great look. We’re just thankful the ball rimmed out and Quinn did a great job of going and getting the rebound. It was just a great team effort.”
-Head Coach Drew Olson on the win over Northwestern
“It all started on the defensive end. We were up and kind of let them get back in it. When it came down to it we had to get stops. That’s what this team did.”
-Freshman Quinn Wragge on the win over Northwestern
Scouting the College of Saint Mary Flames
The Flames of College of Saint Mary are currently 15-12 and 9-11 in the GPAC this season. Concordia defeated College of Saint Mary in the teams’ last meetup, 73-67 in Omaha. The Flames have won three of their last four, including an 81-77 win over then ninth-ranked Briar Cliff. College of Saint Mary averages 74.1 points and 38.6 boards a game. The squad shoots .443 from the field and .368 from behind the arc. Deaundra Young leads the team, averaging 23.3 points and 13.1 rebounds a contest. The Flames are led by head coach Jesse Flanagan who is in his first season at College of Saint Mary. Flanagan is assisted by PJ Miller, Scott Aldrich and Tiffani Lewis.
Scouting the No. 16 Briar Cliff University Chargers
The Chargers of Briar Cliff University hold a 20-7 overall mark and a 13-7 record in the GPAC as of Monday, Feb. 15. The Chargers will face No. 2 Morningside College on Wednesday before hosting Concordia on Saturday. In the last meetup of the teams, the Bulldogs took a 77-75 victory inside Walz Arena. Briar Cliff has won its last two contests over Dordt and No. 11 Hastings. The Chargers average 73.1 points and 34.3 rebounds a game. As a team, Briar Cliff shoots .438 from the field and .334 from 3-point range. Jessi Corrick and Morgan Hansen are tied on the team for scoring, averaging 13.6 points a game. Hansen also leads in rebounds, grabbing 4.9 boards a game. The Chargers are led by head coach Mike Power who is in his 16th season at Briar Cliff. Power is assisted by Mike Davis, Angela Kristensen and Stephanie Seene.
Up next for the Bulldogs
As the regular season comes to a close, the Bulldogs will wait to see who they will face in the GPAC tournament. The first round of the tournament will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 24. The location will be determined after the final regular season games are over this Saturday. Look for details on the upcoming tourney on the website and on the Bulldog Twitter account, @cunebulldogs.