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The Concordian  - January 18, 2002 

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Women’s basketball setting new standards

by Tim Hanson - The Concordian

Concordia’s women’s basketball team has had its share of ups and downs in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) this year. 
The young and inexperienced Cobbers only have two returning starters from last year.

“The tables have turned on us,” said head coach Sara Cepek. “We were the experienced team with four seniors last year and this year we are the young team playing the experienced teams.”

Concordia (5-9 overall, 5-6 MIAC) have shown their ability to improve this season by working on increasing their scoring opportunities by reducing turnovers. The team is averaging just over 21 turnovers per game, but in the last three games the Cobbers have greatly improved averaging just over 17 turnovers per game. 

“We really have talked about being patient,” Cepek said. “We talked about making the extra pass, being controlled and not forcing it.”

Team co-captains senior forward Mandy Berggren and junior forward Kasey Bostow have tried to help their young teammates throughout the season.

“There is so much energy,” Bostow said. “Everybody works really hard because there are no expectations from last year because most of the players are new. Everyone is willing to learn.”

The dynamic duo of Berggren and Bostow lead the team in scoring. Bostow is averaging 16.5 points-per-game and Berggren is averaging 15.6 points-per-game. 

“They have showed us a lot,” said freshman Gretta Stritesky. “They are really encouraging and give good tips. They are leaders for us on and off the courts.”
Coming off winter break, Concordia won at St. Kate’s on Jan. 2, before losing to Carleton and St. Thomas on the road.

However, once back home in Memorial Auditorium the Cobbers seemed to enjoy their home court advantage, winning two out of three games in a week.
The team has a conference record of 3-2 at home, but is travel weary posting a 2-4 road record.

Concordia put down Macalester’s fast transition offense at home Jan. 9 to win 77-66. The Cobbers then faced-off at home against St. Mary’s trying to avenge an early-season loss. The Cardinals came into the game 7-3 in the conference. Concordia stunned them 76-52 on a big offensive surge and a great defense effort.

Concordia couldn’t keep its two-game winning streak going against a red-hot St. Ben’s team, losing 88-62 on Monday. 

“We try and stay positive as a team, win or lose,” Stritesky said.

In the first half, the Blazers shot an impressive 77 percent (5-7) from three-point range and shot 65 percent (20-31) from the field. The Cobbers kept it close early on, but then St. Ben’s went on a 30-3 run in less than nine minutes in the first half taking Concordia out of the half and out of the game. Cobber fans could see the look of frustration on the player’s faces.

“It is kind of tough to come back after such a loss because we are all really competitive and want to win,” Bostow said. “It will improve us in the end. We try and take it with a grain of salt.”

Concordia hosts Hamline Saturday at 1 p.m. 

“There is a lot of basketball left,” Cepek said. “I think we need to continue to remember that we are young and continue to get better every day.”

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Cobber swimmers splashing competition
by  Abbi Telander - News Editor

Four Cobber swimmers broke their career best times this past weekend at an invitational meet at St. John’s University/College of St. Benedict.

Sophomores Kera Wayne and Gretchen Nordstrom and freshmen Amanda Mahanna and Lily Herakova all swam personal best times, a performance which the team hopes to keep up for the remainder of the season.

The SJU/CSB invitational this past weekend also was good practice and preparation for the MIAC meet in February. There was very stiff competition at SJU/CSB- some Division II schools and some of the best Division III schools, according to Julie Lucier, Concordia’s women’s swimming and diving head coach.

“We were really pleased to beat St. Thomas,” Lucier said. St. Thomas won 115-90 the last time the two teams competed against each other, which was a duel meet on Dec. 8.

The Cobber swimmers and divers were only 44 points behind rival Minnesota State University Moorhead at SJU/CSB, which Lucier was also very happy about.

Gretchen Nordstrom commented that “our goal wasn’t to get first place [at SJU/CSB]; it was to swim hard.”

This continues to be a goal for the team. Although, as Lucier pointed out, the Cobber swimming season is winding down, that doesn’t mean the team is losing momentum. 

Freshman Amanda Mahanna, who had two career best times at the SJU/CSB meet, said, “We’re in the heat of the season - we’re not tapering yet. Everyone’s putting in a lot of effort.”

That effort will be needed next weekend when the Cobber swimmers have a meet at Hamline on Friday and then return to Moorhead to swim against the College of St. Catherine at MSUM. Although the “double header” won’t be easy, Kera Wayne pointed out that “it prepares us for conference and we’re really excited about that.”

The team’s last meet will be the MIAC meet Feb. 21-23 at the University of Minnesota.