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The Concordian  - November 30, 2001 

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| 2001 Cobber Women's Basketball |
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Women’s basketball season starts rough
by Kara Murray - The Concordian

On the edge of your seat is where you will be if you go to cheer for the Concordia women’s basketball team this season. 

Led by lone senior Mandy Berggren, the Cobbers are looking to seize their first win as they travel to Hamline for their MIAC opener. 

“We are a young team, so we are working to play together,” freshman Mandy Pearson said. “The team works well together. Mandy Berggren is a good leader on the floor.”

The Cobbers opened their season with a 65-62 loss to rival MSU-Moorhead. 
The Dragons clinched the lead early in the game, leaving the Cobbers trailing by double digits. Concordia called a time out and proceeded to inch its way back into the game, trailing only 27-31 at the half. 

After halftime, the Cobbers were on top of their game, rallying the Dragons basket for basket. With only 30 seconds left of play, Kasey Bostow stole the ball to give the Cobbers the three-point play, bringing them only one point behind. Two of the last three free throws clinched the 65-62 win for MSUM.

“We’ve been working on our defense,” Pearson said. “We need to fast break because that is our strongest point.” 

Excitement was again the theme as the Cobbers lost 62-57 to Luther College on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving break. The two teams stayed close throughout the game with the lead changing hands 13 times. The Cobbers kept Mandy Berggren on the bench after two fouls to save her for the end of the game. 

Luther edged in with five points in the last 3 minutes of play to lead 27-23 at the half. Concordia jumped back into it after the break, but fell behind in the last few minutes after being tied 55-55, allowing Luther to outscore them 7-2 and win the game. Kasey Bostow led the Concordia with a game high of 17 points and 10 rebounds. 

“We should have won against Luther,” said Pearson, who had 13 assists for the game, the most since 1988. 

“In the last five minutes we slowed the game down, and that really hurt us.”

After these two heart-wrenching opening games, the Cobbers are anxious to dive into the MIAC competition this Saturday at Hamline. 

“We are excited to play more games, play more conference games,” Pearson said. “This will really show how we will do for the season.” 

| 2001 Cobber Men's Hockey |
November 30, 2001 Concordian | Cobber Sports
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| 2001 Cobber Women's Hockey |
November 30, 2001 Concordian | Cobber Sports
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West Coast women shoot goals together 
by Blair Sander - Sports Editor

Word-of-mouth reigns supreme for recruiting hockey players from the West Coast for Concordia’s relatively new women’s hockey team.

One reason for that phenomenon is that women’s ice hockey on the coast is fairly new, according to junior Katie Jacques. She was the first of six hockey players from the West Coast to join the Cobber team, which became an official varsity sport three years ago.

“Women’s hockey is small enough that everyone knows everyone either personally or by acquaintance,” she said. “Concordia has an up-and-coming program.”

Because of their mutual experiences playing hockey with and against each other, sophomores Jenei Estrada, Charity Hartzell and Lindsay Kurtis, and freshmen Lindsay Czarnecki and Lyndi Bell followed Jacques’ lead and came to Concordia as well. 

“Girls on the West Coast want to play, but they have to go where [they] think [they] can get the most playing time,” Jacques said. “They also have to do a lot of their own scouting.”

Before coming to Concordia, however, a lot of that playing time was limited to roller hockey rinks, partially because ice rinks were few and far between and because the cost of rink time was high. Furthermore, there weren’t teams for women to join. 

Within the last few years, though, that has changed, and some of the players got in playing time on the ice with a 19 and under traveling league called the Anaheim Lady Ducks, Czarnecki said.

“I think most of us started out playing on co-ed teams,” Czarnecki said. “But now most of us just play on women’s teams. There are a whole lot of hockey players on the West Coast, just not too many women hockey players.”

Since many of their experiences came from playing roller hockey, all of the West Coast players have a slightly different style, but this is not from lack of experience on the ice, both Jacques and Czarnecki said. 

Because most of them have played together before, they seem to know where the others are a lot of the time, and a lot of it is fancy stickhandling and making perfect passing plays close by the net, Czarnecki said. 

According to Jacques, ice hockey is a lot faster, and different skating, turning and stopping skills are necessary to learn and perfect.

When it all comes down to the line though, all the players on the women’s hockey team are working together to prove that they are a competitive team, Jacques said. Whereas roller hockey on the West Coast is not taken all that seriously, Concordia’s team has a great chance to improve and thus far is proving to be a force to reckon with.

The women’s team hopes to continue its winning streak today at an away game against St. Olaf.

| 2001 Cobber Men's Track and Field
November 30, 2001 Concordian | Cobber Sports
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| 2001 Cobber Women's Track and Field
November 30, 2001 Concordian | Cobber Sports
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| 2001 Cobber Wrestling |
November 30, 2001 Concordian | Cobber Sports
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| 2001 Cobber Swimming |
November 30, 2001 Concordian | Cobber Sports
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