GAME NOTES: Flames and Tigers on Bulldogs' slate

By on Jan. 11, 2016 in Women's Basketball

SEWARD, Neb. – Looking to bounce back after a loss at Northwestern, the Concordia women’s basketball team will compete in two more GPAC contests this week. On Wednesday, the Bulldogs will travel to Omaha to take on the College of Saint Mary Flames and then host the No. 5 Dakota Wesleyan Tigers on Saturday.

No. 10 Concordia (12-4, 7-4 GPAC) at College of Saint Mary (9-8, 3-7 GPAC)
Wednesday, Jan. 13 | 6 p.m.
Site: Lied Fitness Center | Omaha, Neb.
Live Stats: Dakstats 

No. 5 Dakota Wesleyan (15-2, 8-2 GPAC) No. 10 Concordia (12-4, 7-4 GPAC) 
Saturday, Jan. 16 | 2 p.m.
Site: Walz Arena | Seward, Neb.
Webcast: Concordia Sports Network  
Live Stats: Dakstats 
Radio: 104.9 Max Country 

Last time out
The Concordia women’s basketball team saw their win streak extend to eight after defeating Midland 59-57 on Wednesday. Then as the Bulldogs traveled to Northwestern on Saturday, they say that streak snapped after a 99-80 upset loss.

In the rankings
As of Monday, Jan. 11, Concordia is ranked 10th in the NAIA Division II. The next national ranking poll will be out Tuesday, Jan. 12, 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 (10.44), seventh in total 3-point field goals made (167) and eighth in scoring offense per game (80.56). Below are individual rankings in NAIA Division II.

3-point thrillers
Seven different Bulldogs are shooting over .300 from behind the arc, including a 44.2 percentage from Shelby Quinn who has gone 23-52 from distance. There are two Bulldogs that shoot better than 50 percent, Aubri Bro (11-21, .524) and Carissa Gutz (5-9, .556).

Stacking up in the GPAC
In the GPAC, the Bulldogs lead in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.288), 3-point field goals made per game (10.44) and total 3-point field goals made (167), rank second in 3-point field goal percentage (.358) and rank third in scoring offense (80.56), total scoring (1,289), scoring margin (14.06), field goal percentage defense (.391), offensive rebounds per game (12.81), steals per game (11.81) and total steals (189). Below are individual rankings in the GPAC.

Brenleigh Daum – 3-point field goals made per game, fifth (2.25); total 3-point field goals, fifth (36)

Becky Mueller – 3-point field goal percentage, tied for 10th (.382)

Mary Janovich – steals per game, tied for eighth (2.00); total steals, ninth (32)

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

Quinn Wragge – offensive rebounds per game, eighth (2.06)

“I just don’t think we did enough to beat a good team that played well at their place. It was an entertaining game – back and forth…I think it set the tone for them and got them off a little bit. I’m really proud of our kids for fighting back. They did a great job chipping away. Really, we were right there.”

-Drew Olson on the loss at Northwestern

Scouting the College of Saint Mary Flames
The Flames of College of Saint Mary are 9-8 (3-7 GPAC) on the season. The Flames have won three straight, including a 74-72 upset victory at No. 5 Dakota Wesleyan. Prior to the Christmas break, College of Saint Mary battled Morningside and lost by just six tallies. As a team, the Flames average 71.5 points and 40.2 rebounds per game while shooting .428 from the field and .350 from behind the arc. Deaundra Young leads the team in scoring, averaging 20.2 points and 13.5 rebounds a game. Three more Flames average double-digit scoring. The Flames are led by head coach Jesse Flanagan who is in his first year at College of Saint Mary. Flanagan is assisted by PJ Miller, Scott Aldrich and Tiffani Lewis.

Scouting the No. 5 Dakota Wesleyan Tigers
The No. 5 Tigers of Dakota Wesleyan are currently 15-2 (8-2 GPAC) this year. The Tigers will host Morningside on Wednesday before traveling to Seward. The two losses in the conference have been from College of Saint Mary (74-72) and at Briar Cliff (70-55). So far this year, Dakota Wesleyan averages 82.1 points and 36.4 rebounds per game. The Tigers shoot 47.8 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from 3-point range. Leading the squad in scoring is Kristin Sabers (18.7 ppg) while Ashley Bray leads in rebounds with 5.3 boards per game. The Tigers are led by head coach Jason Christensen who is in his sixth year at Dakota Wesleyan. Christensen is assisted by Celeste beck and Brooke Bair.

Up next for the Bulldogs
The Concordia women’s basketball team will be back in action next Wednesday at it takes on No. 15 Hastings at home. The last meetup between the Broncos in Bulldogs was in November and saw a 74-67 Bronco win. Then on Saturday, Concordia will travel to Mount Marty which the Bulldogs last defeated in December 77-59.