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College Information
School: Concordia-Moorhead
Founded : 1891
Location: Moorhead, MN
Enrollment : 2850
President : Dr. Pamela Jolicoeur
Athletic Director: Dr. Larry Papenfuss
Team Nickname:  Cobbers
Colors: Maroon and Gold
Logo: The Chicago "C"
Faculty Athletic Rep: Jim Forde
Stadium: Memorial Auditorium (3,150)
Press Box Phone:  None



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Concordia Women's Basketball Information

Concordia Women's Basketball History
First year of women's basketball: 1974-75 
All-time play-off record: 20-14 (NCAA) 
Years in NCAA post-season play: 3
Last post-season appearance: 2003-04/Result: Lost to Carleton 62-40 in MIAC Championship 
All-time record: 608-215

Women's Basketball Staff
Head Coach:  Jessica Rahman 
Alma Mater/Year: Concordia College/1988 
Record at school (years): 21-7 (1) 
Career record: 21-7 
Head Coach's office phone: 218-299-4417 
Head Coach's e-mail: rahman@cord.edu
Best time/day to reach coach: 10am-2pm 

Assistant Coach: 
Bob Kohler (Valley City State í69) 



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2003-04 Results and MIAC Standings

2003-04 Cobber Results
Date Opponent/Box Score Site Time/Result
Nov. 21 Mayville State Away W 73-61
Nov. 25 UM-Morris Away W 98-67
Nov. 29 St. Olaf Home W 71-49
Dec. 3 MSU-Moorhead Away L 47-93
Dec. 6 Gustavus Away L 58-62
Dec. 8 St. Ben's Away L 76-97
Dec. 13 Macalester Home W 67-49
Jan. 3 Bethel Away W 75-51
Jan. 5 St. Thomas Home W 78-67
Jan. 7 Carleton Away L 59-71
Jan. 10 St. Catherine Away W 70-60
Jan. 14 Hamline Home W 76-52
Jan. 17 Augsburg Away W 75-67
Jan. 19 St. Mary's Home W 80-57
Jan. 21 St. Olaf Away W 63-49
Jan. 24 Gustavus Home W 66-62
Jan. 28 St. Ben's Home W 77-76 OT
Jan. 31 Macalester Away W 60-39
Feb. 2 Bethel Home W 70-54
Feb. 4 St. Thomas Away W 72-65
Feb. 7 Carleton Home L 63-67
Feb. 11 St. Catherine Home W 75-49
Feb. 14 Hamline Away W 67-63
Feb. 15 St. Mary's Away L 58-71
Feb. 18 Augsburg Home W 81-53
Feb. 23 St. Mary's
MIAC Playoffs - First Round
Home W 73-65
Feb. 25 St. Ben's
MIAC Playoffs - Semifinals
Away W 73-70
Feb. 28 Carleton
MIAC Playoffs - Championship
Away L 40-62

Final Overall Record: 21-7
Final MIAC Record: 17-5 (4th Place)

2003-04 MIAC Women's Basketball Race
School MIAC All Str Home Away
Final
St. Ben's  19-3# 21-5  L1  12-1 9-4
1
Carleton 19-3#% 25-4  L1 16-0 9-4
2
Gustavus 18-4 21-6 L1 12-0 9-6
3
Concordia 17-5 21-7 L1 11-1 10-6
4
St. Mary's 16-6 17-9 L1 9-2 8-7
5
St. Thomas 12-10 13-13 L1 8-4 5-9
6
Bethel 9-13 11-14 L2 7-7 4-7
St. Kate's 7-15 9-16 W1 3-8 6-8
Hamline 7-15 9-16 W2 4-7 5-9
Augsburg 5-17 5-20 L3 2-10 3-10
St. Olaf 2-20 2-23 L1 2-10 0-13
Macalester 1-21 1-24 L2 1-11 0-13

# Clinched MIAC Regular Season Title
% Won MIAC Tournament and Earned NCAA Tournament Berth


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Concordia Series  Records
Opponent      W  L   Series Started
Augsburg      46 1   1978
Bethel        39 9   1980
Carleton      36 9   1981
Gustavus      40 11  1974
Hamline       43 2   1979
Macalester    42 1   1976
St. Ben's     19 27  1980
St. Kate's    28 4   1976
St. Maryís    39 9   1981
St. Olaf      47 7   1975
St. Thomas    25 30  1979


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2004-05 Team Information

2004-05 Cobber Schedule
All home games are played in Memorial Auditorium
Date Opponent/Box Score Site Time/Result
Nov. 22 Mayville State Home 5:30pm
Dec. 1 St. Ben's Away 7:30pm
Dec. 4 Gustavus Away 1:00pm
Dec. 11 St. Olaf Away 1:00pm
Dec. 12 St. Mary's Away 1:00pm
Dec. 29 Whitworth Classic (WA) Away TBA
Dec. 30 Whitworth Classic (WA) Away TBA
Jan. 3 Macalester Home 5:30pm
Jan. 5 Carleton Home 5:30pm
Jan. 8 St. Catherine Home 1:00pm
Jan. 12 Augsburg Away 5:30pm
Jan. 15 Bethel Home 1:00pm
Jan. 17 St. Thomas Away 5:30pm
Jan. 19 Hamline Home 5:30pm
Jan. 22 St. Ben's Home 1:00pm
Jan. 26 Gustavus Home 5:30pm
Jan. 29 St. Olaf (Buck Day) Home 1:00pm
Jan. 30 St. Mary's Home 1:00pm
Feb. 2 Macalester Away 5:30pm
Feb. 5 Carleton Away 1:00pm
Feb. 7 St. Catherine Away 5:30pm
Feb. 9 Augsburg Home 5:30pm
Feb. 12 Bethel Away 1:00pm
Feb. 16 St. Thomas Home 5:30pm
Feb. 19 Hamline Away 1:00pm

Player & Team Information
Final 2003-04 Overall Record: 21-7
Final 2003-04 MIAC Record: 17-5 (4th Place)

Letterwinners returning/lost:  14/2
Starters Returning/lost: 3/2

Returning Key Players
Mandy Pearson - G, Sr., 5-5
2003-04 MIAC MVP, in 2003-04 she led the MIAC in assists (6.50 apg), was second in steals (3.73 spg) and 12th in overall scoring (13.7 ppg). She was also third in free throw percentage (82.3%) and fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.21).

Jamie Visness - G, Sr., 5-8
2-Time MIAC All-Conference Honorable Mention, finished third on the teamís scoring list (10.0) in 2003-04. She was among the league leaders in 3-point field goal percentage (33.7%) and 3-point field goals made (29).

Annie Keeley - G, So., 5-5
2003-04 MIAC All-First Year Team, second on the team in scoring in 2003-04 (10.9), teamís third leading rebounder (4.0 rpg), she ranked 14th in the league in 3-point baskets made (32) and 15th in offensive rebounds (46).

Key Newcomers
- Kristin Dolence, G, Fr., Moorhead, Minn./Moorhead HS
- Melanie Hageman, F, Fr., Fargo, N.D./Fargo South HS 

Key Losses
Beth Drager, C 
2003-04 MIAC All-Conference Honorable Mention, led the league in blocked shots (3.30 b/g) and was 11th in the nation in that category, she was the teamís fourth leading scorer (7.6).

Debbie Slack, F 
2-Time MIAC All-Defensive Team member, 2003-04 MIAC All-Conference Honorable Mention, fourth in the MIAC in rebounding in 2003-04 (9.2), eighth in the conference in free throw percentage (79.4), seventh on the schoolís all-time rebounding list. 


2004-05 Season Outlook:
Youíll have to excuse Concordia head coach Jessica Rahman and the rest of the coaching staff if they feel like a college student in the mid 1990ís getting ready to watch the final episode of Beverly Hills 90210. Rahman is about to have the best seat in the house for the final episode of Mandy Pearson 56562. 

Mandy Pearson (Sr., Watkins, Minn.), last yearís MIAC MVP, is back for her senior season in 2004-05 and has already garnered preseason All-American honors by D3hoops.com. Last year Pearson finished the season by being ranked in the top 35 in the nation in three different statistical categories. She was eighth in assists per game (6.3), 29th in steals per game (3.5) and 32nd in free throw percentage (82.3%). She led the MIAC in assists (6.50 apg), was second in steals (3.73 spg) and 12th in overall scoring (13.7 ppg). She was also third in free throw percentage and fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.21). She has been gaining confidence and gathering accolades since she burst onto the scene as a freshman and was named to the MIAC All-First Year Team and led the nation in assists. The 2004-05 campaign should looks to be a coronation for one of the best players ever to suit up in a Cobber uniform.

Pearson will not be the only star in this yearís season-long episode. Last year Concordia had their best record since the 1990-91 season. The team finished with a 21-7 mark and made it all the way to the MIAC playoff championship game, a first in school history. Concordia also set a school record for biggest improvement in one season. The Cobbers improved a full seven games from the 2002-03 season. 

Joining Pearson in the backcourt will be 2003-04 All-First Year Team member Annie Keeley (So., Grafton, N.D.). Keeley was second on the team in scoring last year with a 10.9 points per game average. She also finished the year as the teamís third leading rebounder (4.0 rpg), was ranked 14th in the league in 3-point baskets made and 15th in offensive rebounds (46). Keely also factored among the top players in the league in scoring, 3-point field goal percentage and assists. Her year of experience will help make the Cobber offense multi-dimensional and will help take some of the scoring load off Pearson and shooting guard Jamie Visness (Sr., Hallock, Minn.).

Visness, like Pearson, is back for her final year as a Cobber. She was voted to the MIAC All-Conference Honorable Mention Team for the second consecutive year in 2003-04. Visness finished the year third on the teamís scoring list (10.0 ppg). She was among the league leaders in 3-point field goal percentage (33.7%) and 3-point field goals made (29). She scored in double figures in 11 of the teamís 28 games.

The Cobbers will have to find credible replacements for two inside players if they want to have a repeat hit on their hands. Lost to graduation were center Beth Drager and rebounding force Debbie Slack. Drager was an MIAC All-Conference Honorable Mention Team honoree last year and led the league in blocked shots (3.30 blocks/game) and was 11th in the nation in that category. She was the teamís fourth leading scorer, averaging 7.6 points per game. Slack capper storied career by being named to the MIAC All-Defensive Team for the second straight season. She finished fourth in the MIAC in rebounding this season with a 9.2 rebounds per game average. Both playersí ability to grab crucial rebounds and keep the opposing teamsí inside players from scoring easy baskets will be sorely missed. 

The leading candidates to replace Slack and Drager are Tori Ehlert (Jr., Battle Lake, Minn.) and Amanda Levos (So., Casselton, N.D.). Under the guidance of assistant coach Bob Kohler, Ehlert developed into an inside force late in the season. She finished the year by averaging 4.4 points and 3.9 in only 15.4 minutes per game. Levos will have the bonus of added practice time this season. She was a member of the 2003 Concordia volleyball team that advanced to the NCAA tournament, which cut into the crucial preseason training time in her freshman season. This year she decided to forego volleyball in order to concentrate on basketball. The additional time spent in the gym will give her confidence a boost as she gets ready to play in her first full MIAC season.

If the inside players can band together and help out the starring members of the Cobber perimeter, then Rahman could be looking at another award-winning season of Cobber womenís basketball. 
 

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