Using balanced offense and more of that in-your-face defensive intensity, Concordia earned a season sweep of Morningside. The Bulldogs held the Mustangs to 36.2 percent shooting in the 74-60 victory on Thursday (Jan. 19).
Round two through the GPAC slate continues this week as the Bulldogs prepare to host Morningside and travel to No. 15 Northwestern. Concordia had its six-game GPAC win streak interrupted with a 79-72 loss at Jamestown.
The league win streak of six was snapped by Jamestown on Saturday (Jan. 14). The Jimmies used a decided rebound advantage to hold off the Bulldogs, 79-72, in North Dakota. Guards Taysha Rushton and Abby Krieser combined for 29 points.
The themes of the night were depth and defensive grit for the Bulldogs, who cruised to a 74-54 home win over College of Saint Mary on Wednesday (Jan. 11). Hailey Kleinschmit paced Concordia with 12 points and nine rebounds.
The Bulldogs will put their five-game GPAC win streak to the test this week as they host College of Saint Mary on Wednesday and then travel to play at Jamestown on Saturday. Concordia won last week over Mount Marty and DWU.
The GPAC win streak has moved to five after the Bulldogs survived a scare at the buzzer on Saturday (Jan. 7). Sadie Powell (16) and Taysha Rushton (15) led the way in the scoring department as Concordia held off No. 21 DWU, 59-58.
Concordia extended win streaks to 14 in the series with Mount Marty and to four in GPAC play on Thursday (Jan. 5). The Bulldogs used 20 steals and 13 3-point field goals to pull away for an 85-62 victory in their first game of 2023.
Following a couple tough losses to Sooner Athletic Conference foes, the Bulldogs are readying for a return to GPAC play. Concordia owns a three-game league win streak as it enters action against Mount Marty and No. 21 Dakota Wesleyan.
The road swing down south concluded on Friday (Dec. 30) as the Bulldogs fell by a 77-64 score at No. 17 Science & Arts of Oklahoma. Sadie Powell led Concordia with 17 points while Taysha Rushton added 16.
In the first of two games against Sooner Athletic Conference foes, the Bulldogs nearly erased a double-digit fourth-quarter deficit before falling, 73-71. Kendal Brigham spurred the comeback efforts and finished with a team high 17 points.
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.