Eleven days since its most recent outing, the Concordia Women’s Basketball emerged like a pack of hungry dogs and forced 32 Morningside turnovers. The Bulldogs won, 86-62, as Drew Olson hit a new coaching accomplishment.
The first week of conference play for the 11th-ranked Bulldogs will bring matchups with perennial league powers in Morningside and Northwestern. Concordia has been idle since going 2-0 at the Cattle Classic.
A tight contest turned into a double-digit win for the 17th-ranked Bulldogs, who turned on the jets in the third quarter and upset No. 5 Marian, 75-62. Taysha Rushton paced Concordia with 22 points in the Cattle Classic victory.
The freshman Sammy Leu led all players with 20 points in an impressive first outing for No. 17 Concordia at the Cattle Classic. The Bulldogs forced 29 turnovers while toppling Sterling, 95-70, inside Friedrich Arena.
As part of the 24th annual Cattle Classic, the Concordia Women's Basketball program will welcome Dakota State, Marian and Sterling to Friedrich Arena. The event raises canned food and money for local food pantries.
The returning talent and experience within the Concordia Women's Basketball program has resulted in a preseason national ranking of 17th. This marks the 15th time in Drew Olson's 18-year tenure that the Bulldogs have been ranked in the preseason.
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.
Higher expectations from last season are set upon the Concordia University Women’s Basketball team, as the conference released the 2023-24 GPAC Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Preseason Poll on Thursday (Oct. 19).
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."
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.