GAME NOTES: Concordia women set to travel to Doane

By on Nov. 23, 2015 in Women's Basketball

SEWARD, Neb. – The No. 4 Concordia women’s basketball team will travel to Doane College on Tuesday, Nov. 24 for a 6 p.m. tipoff. The contest will be the last game of the month of November for the Bulldogs.

No. 4 Concordia University (2-2, 0-2 GPAC) at Doane College (4-3, 0-2 GPAC)
Tuesday, Nov. 24 | 6 p.m. CDT
Site: George and Sally Haddix Center | Crete, Neb.
Webcast: Livestream  
Live Stats: Stat Broadcast 
Radio: 104.9 Max Country

Last time out
The No. 4 women’s basketball squad suffered its first two losses against GPAC opponents last week. The Bulldogs first fell to Hastings, 74-67 on Wednesday, Nov. 18. The ‘Dogs led by 11 during the second half but a fourth quarter controlled by the Broncos erased the lead. Then on Saturday, Nov. 21, the Bulldogs welcomed No. 1 Morningside to Walz Arena. Again in the fourth quarter, the Mustangs pulled away with a 77-66 victory.

In the rankings
For the 53rd straight poll (dating back to the 2011-12 preseason poll), the Concordia women’s basketball team was ranked in the top-25 in the 2015-16 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll. It was the eighth straight preseason ranking that the Bulldogs received. Since the start of the 2011-12 season, Concordia has been ranked inside the top 10 in all but two polls, including 31 top-five appearances.

Rankings in the GPAC
As a team so far this season, the Bulldogs lead in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.238) and 3-point field goals made per game (8.75), rank second in scoring offense per game (82), rank third in offensive field goal percentage (.457) and rank fifth in offensive rebounds per game (12.75) and in assists per game (17.25). Below is a list of individual rankings in the GPAC.

Brenleigh Daum – 3-point field goals per game, tied for fourth (2.25)

Sydney Feller – 3-point field goals per game, tied for ninth (2.0)

Jade Gottier – assists per game, tied for ninth (3.5)

Laurel Krohn – assist/ turnover ratio, seventh (2.33)

Becky Mueller – points per game, tied for fourth (16.0); field goal percentage, eighth (.435); 3-point field goal percentage, first (.556); 3-point field goals per game, third (2.5); game-high scoring, tied for seventh (25)

Quinn Wragge – field goal percentage, tied for first (.639); steals per game, tied for 10th (2.0); total rebounds per game, tied for ninth (6.0); offensive rebounds per game, sixth (2.25)

Head coach Drew Olson said, “We’ve talked about having to find ways to win when we don’t shoot well. We’re a jump-shooting team, but when we don’t shoot well we can’t cave like that. It had nothing to do with the layoff (10 days without a game). We played fine the first three quarters. It was about our lack of aggressiveness.”

Scouting the Doane Tigers
The Tigers of Doane College are currently 4-3, 0-2 GPAC on the season. The Tigers have faced GPAC foes, Mount Marty and Midland this season falling in both contests. Doane has put up impressive wins over No. 6 University of Jamestown (69-64) and against No. 24 Mayville State (84-72). As a team, the Tigers average 73.3 points and 42.0 rebounds a game. Doane holds its opponents to a .394 field goal percentage while the Tigers own a .411 shooting percentage. Hanah Barnard, who leads the Tigers in scoring, averages 18.3 points per game and 3.6 rebounds per contest. The Tigers are led by head coach Tracee Fairbanks who is in her 17th season at Doane College. Fairbanks is assisted by Alec Engebretson, Ryan Baumgartner and Raychelle Burks.

Up next for the Bulldogs
The No. 4 Concordia women’s basketball team will have a two week break before returning to the court. On Wednesday, Dec. 2, the Bulldogs will welcome Nebraska Wesleyan University to Walz Arena for a 6 p.m. start time.