Following a 43-point week that included a perfect outing from 3-point range, Taysha Rushton has been named the GPAC Player of the Week. Rushton poured in 29 points in the blowout win at Midland.
Both of this week's outings will be on the road, but the Bulldogs won't have to go far as they prepare to take on Doane and College of Saint Mary. Concordia (16-8, 12-6 GPAC) won last week at Midland before a tight loss to fourth-ranked Dordt.
In the ultimate test of Concordia's growth, it met up with fourth-ranked Dordt and took the Defenders to the wire. Rebounding and clutch plays down the stretch allowed Dordt to escape Friedrich Arena with a 76-69 win.
It was a memorable evening for Taysha Rushton, who went 7-for-7 from 3-point range and led the Bulldogs to a 102-64 trouncing of Midland in Fremont on Wednesday (Feb. 1). Abby Krieser also posted a career best 20 points.
The final six games of the regular season will all be against GPAC opponents as Concordia Women’s Basketball turns the page. Fresh off a CIT championship, the Bulldogs are readying to play at Midland and to host No. 3 Dordt.
With the return of CIT, the Bulldog Women's Basketball program got back to dominating the event. Behind CIT MVP Taysha Rushton, the Bulldogs suffocated Concordia Chicago in an 85-33 championship game victory on Saturday (Jan. 28).
The Bulldogs hit the century mark while mopping the floor with Concordia Wisconsin on day one of the 2023 Concordia Invitational Tournament. Thirteen Bulldogs scored at least five points in the 100-49 victory.
A 16-0 third quarter run made the difference on Wednesday (Jan. 25) as the Bulldogs earned a season sweep of Hastings. Abby Krieser led another balanced effort with 14 points as Concordia won, 73-62.
The week of CIT will feature wall-to-wall basketball inside Friedrich Arena. On the women's side, the Bulldogs will aim for CIT title No. 31 in program history after they take on Hastings on Wednesday. Concordia is 8-1 over its last nine GPAC games.
The surging Bulldogs capped a fine three-day stretch with a 65-55 road upset of No. 15 Northwestern on Saturday (Jan. 21). Abby Krieser paced a balanced squad with 12 points and three steals as Concordia moved to 10-5 in league play.
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.