A sluggish first half eventually gave way to sharper play from the seventh-ranked Bulldogs in action on Wednesday (Dec. 6) in Yankton. Taysha Rushton and Abby Krieser combined for 39 points in the 77-57 Concordia road win.
Concordia will become the road Dawgs for the rest of December, facing five straight opponents outside of Friedrich Arena. They lead off with Mount Marty this Wednesday (Dec. 6), then travel to Briar Cliff on Saturday (Dec. 9).
The Bulldogs hosted their final home game in 2023 against the University of Jamestown on Saturday afternoon (Dec. 2). Tying the game midway through the fourth quarter, the Jimmies responded, keeping the home team down late in the conference bout, 71-61.
Taysha Rushton continued to torment Midland while becoming the 12th player in program history to surpass 1,500 career points. The seventh-ranked Bulldogs jumped out to a fast start and trounced the Warriors, 100-64.
After a light Thanksgiving schedule with only one midweek match, the Dawgs will pick back up with conference bouts against Midland on Wednesday night (Nov. 29) and Jamestown on Saturday (Dec. 2).
Concordia used the patented Coach Drew Olson press to dismantle the Flames offense, forcing 24 first half turnovers as six different Bulldogs hit double digits in the 119-54 route.
A career high 24-point performance in the win at Northwestern led to Abby Krieser being named the GPAC Player of the Week. Krieser has helped the 11th-ranked Bulldogs jump out to a 4-0 record.
In the lone outing of Thanksgiving week, Concordia will be at College of Saint Mary while trying to remain unbeaten. The Bulldogs are coming off wins over Morningside and Northwestern in the opening week of GPAC play.
After a turnover driven affair in the first quarter, Concordia started to strike from long range hitting 10 of their 11 total three-pointers in the second and third, pulling away in the 77-69 win over Northwestern.
Confetti, cupcakes and the whole family greeted Drew Olson in the locker room following Wednesday’s win over Morningside. The victory marked another feather in the cap for Olson, the winningest coach in Concordia Athletics history.
Taylor Cockerill and Taysha Rushton were the ringleaders for a squad that reached the NAIA national quarterfinals while playing an exciting brand of hoops in 2020-21.
For Concordia Women's Basketball, tradition never graduates. That's become evident in 2020-21, even as the program 'rebuilt' following the graduation of several stars.
In season No. 15 as head coach, Drew Olson has reached the 400-win milestone. As his current and former players will attest, Concordia Women's Basketball is about more than winning.
From October 2011 through December 2020, Concordia Women's Basketball was included in every possible NAIA top 25 ranking, a run of 97-straight poll appearances.
It's a new-look Concordia Women's Basketball team, but the program is determined to prove it's still a major force in the GPAC and nationally. Taylor Cockerill and Mackenzie Koepke are the headlining returners.
Don't forget about TC. The leading scorer for the 2018-19 national championship team, Taylor Cockerill is roughly 90 percent of the way back from the knee injury she suffered last October.
As announced by CoSIDA, Grace Barry is the Academic All-America® Team Member of the Year for the entire NAIA. She is the first Concordia student-athlete to ever earn the award.
Let's answer the question: who wore it better? We ran down the top Bulldog women's basketball performers at each jersey number during the 20 seasons of GPAC hoops.
Fans were out in force in anticipation when Voss brought his No. 1-ranked Bulldogs to Hastings for a big-time conference clash with the second-ranked Broncos on Feb. 12, 2003.
Before it all came to an abrupt end, the top-ranked Bulldogs put together another season to remember. They repeated as GPAC regular-season and tournament champions while forging memories along the way.