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.
A chance to place as high as second in the final GPAC regular season standings is at stake during the closing week of the 2022-23 regular season. The Bulldogs will host Briar Cliff before hitting the road to play Dakota Wesleyan.
Concordia continues to expand its game offensively, as evidenced by it shooting 15-for-28 from 3-point range on Saturday (Feb. 11). The triples helped grow the lead as large as 30 points in the 99-76 win at College of Saint Mary.
Concordia shook off a rough first half on Wednesday (Feb. 8) while getting white hot shooting from Abby Krieser and Taysha Rushton, who combined for 11 3-point field goals. The Bulldogs rallied to win at Doane, 92-80.
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.