Women's basketball caps 2015-16 season with 66th-straight top-25 ranking

By Jacob Knabel on Mar. 23, 2016 in Women's Basketball

Postseason DII WBB Poll

SEWARD, Neb. – For the fifth-straight season, the Concordia women’s basketball program has found itself with a top-25 final ranking. In the postseason coaches’ poll released by the NAIA on Wednesday, head coach Drew Olson’s squad checked in at No. 19. This also marks the 66th-straight poll appearance for the program. The streak dates back to the 2011-12 preseason ranking.

The Bulldogs garnered top-25 rankings in all 13 polls during the 2015-16 campaign. They peaked at the No. 4 position. The postseason ranking of 19th represents a three-spot drop from the pre-national tournament poll. Since the NAIA initiated the postseason rating following the national tournament in 2012, Concordia has been placed at No. 3 (2011-12), No. 9 (2012-13), No. 13 (2013-14), No. 2 (2014-15) and No. 19 (2015-16).

During Olson’s 10 years as head coach, Concordia has ended a season in the rankings seven times. In five of those instances the Bulldogs were placed inside the top 10. Their highest finishes were second and third, respectively.

Concordia defeated four teams ranked in front of it (all at home) in the 2015-16 postseason poll: No. 5 Mount Marty, No. 8 Dakota Wesleyan, No. 14 Briar Cliff and No. 16 University of Jamestown (N.D.). This year’s Bulldogs advanced to the national tournament for the 15th time in program history. The season culminated with a first-round loss to Goshen College (Ind.), which vaulted to No. 4 in the postseason ranking.

The women’s basketball program has held the No. 1 ranking a total of 11 times, including the final seven polls of the 2002-03 season and the first four ratings of the 2012-13 campaign. The 2014-15 Bulldogs became the first in program history to reach the national title game and was the fourth Concordia women’s basketball team to advance to the national semifinals.

Preseason top 25 rankings under Olson
2015-16: 4
2014-15: 9
2013-14: 5
2012-13: 1
2011-12: 22
2010-11: 11
2009-10: 22
2008-09: 7
2007-08: NR
2006-07: NR 

Final end of season top 25 rankings under Olson
2015-16: 19
2014-15: 2
2013-14: 13
2012-13: 9
2011-12: 3
2010-11: NR
2009-10: NR
2008-09: 8
2007-08: 10
2006-07: NR