It’s back to The Bluegrass State for Concordia Women’s Basketball. The Bulldogs will head to Crestview Hills for first round action versus Columbia (Mo.) at the NAIA National Championship tournament on Tuesday (March 7).
Concordia Women's Basketball has extended its string of national tournament appearances to 12. As a No. 8 seed in the 2023 bracket, the Bulldogs will be headed to Kentucky for a second year in a row. First round action will be March 7.
As announced by the GPAC on Wednesday (March 1), five Bulldogs have been named all-conference award winners. Taysha Rushton headlines the selections with her third career First Team All-GPAC honor.
It was another slugfest between Concordia and Briar Cliff as the two sides battled in the GPAC semifinals on Saturday (Feb. 25). The Bulldogs (19-10) fell by a 66-57 score while shooting 31.7 percent from the floor.
For the 10th time in 12 seasons, Concordia Women's Basketball has reached at least the semifinal round of the GPAC tournament. The Bulldogs are preparing to clash with 18th-ranked Briar Cliff in Saturday's semifinal in Sioux City.
A quick turnaround trip sent the Bulldogs to North Dakota for the GPAC quarterfinals. In the matchup with the 19th-ranked Jimmies, Concordia started hot and made clutch plays in the fourth quarter to pull out a 73-67 victory.
For their combined efforts academically and athletically, Kendal Brigham and Sadie Powell have been recognized as 2022-23 Academic All-District® Team award winners, as selected by College Sports Communicators.
As the No. 6 seed in the GPAC tournament, Concordia will be headed up north to take on third-seeded Jamestown on Tuesday in the quarterfinals. Head Coach Drew Olson's squad finished the regular season at 18-10 overall (14-8 GPAC).
Concordia rallied from a 14-point deficit to take the lead in the middle of the fourth quarter, but it wasn't quite enough to knock off Dakota Wesleyan at the Corn Palace. The Tigers prevailed, 61-54. Kendal Brigham led Concordia with 15 points.
Two of the GPAC’s best defensive teams played like it on Wednesday (Feb. 15). Despite holding Briar Cliff below 30 percent shooting, the Bulldogs were clipped by the visitors, 56-51. Concordia owned a lead as large as seven points.
The senior class is one that has persevered while shaping the 2023-24 squad into an elite one. Student-athletes like Kendal Brigham came to Concordia because it offered a close-knit community. They found that and much more.
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.
It's been three-and-a-half quick years since Taysha Rushton made her college decision official. Any reservations the Texan had about spending her college days in Nebraska subsided through close friendships and a love for basketball.
The top eight scorers, including all five starters, return from last season's national tournament team. The roster makeup gives Coach Drew Olson his most experienced group since 2019-20. The aim is to get back to Sioux City in March.
Eight years since she last starred for the Bulldogs, Bailey Morris continues to be characterized by competition and a love for the game. Says Morris of her Concordia years: "Those are some good memories for me. Those things have carried with me over the last eight years."
The 2022-23 season was one of growth for a Bulldog squad led by Taysha Rushton and a strong nucleus of third-year players. Coach Drew Olson's squad came together down the stretch for a win at No. 19 Jamestown and a national tournament blowout of Columbia.
Last season's Bulldog squad navigated the most challenging schedule in the NAIA and managed to reach the national tournament. Taysha Rushton leads a 2022-23 team that believes it's grown since the end of the 2021-22 campaign.
Mackenzie Koepke had played in 102 of a possible 103 games over her first three seasons. After missing the 2021-22 season due to injury, the Lincoln Lutheran alum, a link back to the national championship team, is determined to go out on her own terms.
Just a few weeks after playing the 123rd and final game of her collegiate career, Rylee Pauli reflected on four years of Concordia Women's Basketball. There were ups, downs, unique experiences and incredible highs.
Led by do-it-all guard Taysha Rushton and relentless senior Rylee Pauli, the 2021-22 Bulldogs extended the program's national tournament streak while beating five teams that qualified for nationals throughout the season.