SEWARD, Neb. – The No. 4 Concordia women’s basketball team is set to open GPAC play this week. The Bulldogs will travel to (RV) Hastings College on Wednesday, Nov. 18 for a 6 p.m. tipoff before hosting No. 2 Morningside College on Saturday, Nov. 21 for a 5 p.m. start time.
No. 4 Concordia University (2-0) at (RV) Hastings College (4-0)
Wednesday, Nov. 18 | 6 p.m. CDT
Site: Lynn Farrell Arena (2,300) | Hastings, Neb.
Webcast: Stretch Internet
Live Stats: Stretch Internet
Radio: 104.9 Max Country
No. 1 Morningside College (5-0) at No. 4 Concordia University (2-0)
Saturday, Nov. 21 | 5 p.m. CDT
Site: Walz Arena | Seward, Neb.
Webcast: Concordia Sports Network
Live Stats: Dakstats
Radio: 104.9 Max Country
Last time out
The No. 2 Concordia women’s basketball team is off to a 2-0 start on the season after defeating two top-25 teams. During the 16th annual Cattle Classic, the Bulldogs topped No. 24 Mayville State University, 109-79 and No. 6 University of Jamestown, 86-69. Senior Becky Muller and freshman Quinn Wragge received all-tournament honors for CUNE.
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 scoring offense per game (97.5) and 3-point field goals made per game (12), rank second in 3-point field goal percentage (.444) and in turnover margin (9.5), are tied for second in offensive rebounds per game (15.0), rank third in scoring margin (23.5) and in defensive 3-point field goal percentage (.250), rank fourth in offensive field goal percentage (.471), total offensive rebounds per game (42.5) and steals per game (12.0) and are tied for fifth in blocks per game (2.5) and assist turnover ratio (1.13).
Brenleigh Daum – 3-point field goal percentage, fifth (.545); 3-point field goals per game, tied for third (3.0)
Sydney Feller – 3-point field goals per game, sixth (2.5)
Jade Gottier – assists per game, tied for ninth (4.0)
Becky Mueller – points per game, third (20.0); 3-point field goal percentage, fourth (.583); free throw percentage, first (1.00); 3-point field goals per game (3.5); game-high scoring, seventh (25)
Shelby Quinn – blocks per game, tied for fifth (1.0)
Quinn Wragge – points per game, seventh (15.5); field goal percentage, second (.652);
Head coach Drew Olson said, “When we start in conference, it’ll be a tough stretch, both are good teams being in the final four, but I’m really proud of our kids to start the season off 2-0.”
Scouting the (RV) Hastings Broncos
The (RV) Broncos of Hastings College own a 4-0 record so far this season. Most recently, the Broncos defeated No. 9 Tabor College at the Dakota Wesleyan classic on Saturday, Nov. 14. The 57-54 victory was the closest contest for Hastings thus far. The Broncos have topped their other opponents by 14, 61 and 21 margins. As a team, Hastings shoots .408 from the field and .667 from the free throw line. The squad averages 37.8 rebounds and 78 points a game. The Broncos are led by head coach Jina Johansen who is in her first season at Hastings College. Johansen is assisted by Jon Perone and Kelby Fritz.
Scouting the No. 1 Morningside Mustangs
The No. 1 Mustangs of Morninside College have rolled through each of its five opponents this year. The closest scoring gap for Morningside was a 94-82 victory over William Penn. The undefeated team is shooting .507 from the field and .696 from the free throw line. The Mustangs average 42 rebounds and 93.2 points a game. So far this season, Morningside is outscoring its opponents, 373-249. Morningside will play Mount Marty College on Wednesday, Nov. 18 before traveling to Concordia. The Mustangs are led by head coach Jamie Sale who is in 15th season at Morningside. Sale is assisted by Jull Bodammer, Denny Lokken, Bryan Alfredson and Leann Osten.
Up next for the Bulldogs
The No. 4 Concordia women’s basketball team will be back in action on Tuesday, Nov. 24 as they travel to Doane College for a 6 p.m. tipoff.