An idle stretch of nearly two weeks will come to an end this week as the Bulldogs venture south for two challenging nonconference clashes. Concordia will travel to play at Texas Wesleyan and at Science & Arts.
An increasingly nasty press resulted in 33 turnovers forced and a runaway 72-55 victory over Doane on Thursday (Dec. 15). The Bulldogs went on a 24-4 fourth quarter run while moving to 7-4 overall (5-4 GPAC) this season.
Two teams that have gained momentum in recent action will meet inside Friedrich Arena on Thursday. Concordia will attempt to extend its series win streak versus Doane and continue the growth its shown over the past two weeks.
The calling card for Concordia Women's Basketball has been its defensive ferocity. The Bulldogs limited Hastings to 32.7 percent shooting and forced 22 turnovers in a 70-57 road win over the Broncos on Saturday (Dec. 10).
Concordia knocked in 21 treys while Mount Marty netted only one on Wednesday (Dec. 7). The result was a 91-48 blowout for the Bulldogs, who got at least one triple from eight different players while moving to 5-4 overall.
Last week's run included a win at No. 25 Morningside as the Bulldogs continue to grow in the early season. Concordia (4-4, 2-4 GPAC) will look for continued progress as it hosts Mount Marty and travels to Hastings this week.
For roughly 25 minutes, Concordia looked like it was primed for an upset of No. 16 Northwestern. However, the Bulldogs went ice cold and the Red Raiders rattled off a 20-0 run and emerged from Friedrich Arena with the 72-56 win.
The offensive exploits of Kendal Brigham and Sadie Powell, as well as the team's overall defensive tenacity, paved the way for a 71-64 win at No. 25 Morningside on Wednesday (Nov. 30). Concordia improved to 4-3 overall.
Following a refresher over Thanksgiving weekend, the Bulldogs will be back to the GPAC grind this week. Concordia is readying to take on No. 12 Morningside and No. 25 Northwestern. The Bulldogs stand at 3-3 overall (1-3 GPAC).
The pesky press of the Bulldogs got them back within eight in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough to overcome cold shooting on Tuesday (Nov. 22). Hailey Kleinschmit led the way in what amounted to a 66-49 loss to Jamestown.
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.