Cobber Women's Basketball 1977-78

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Cobber women cagers post excellent season

A little experience can do wonders. Last season Coach Collette Foistad began with three returning starters, eight freshmen and one transfer student. Cobber women fought their way through heavy competition to tie for fourth in the 1976-77 Minn-Kota Conference and to  finish second among small colleges in the state.

They had spent the year learning about each other and about a new system of basketball. That one year of dedication and determination of the players payed off this season.  Concordia women were unbeaten in conference competition, finishing with a 7-0 won-lost record. The Cobbers, seeded third in the state playoffs, sewed up the Minnesota championship by defeating finalists Concordia College-St. Paul 63-61, the College of St. Catherine 53-51 and Winona State College 57-51. They went on to represent Minnesota in the Region VI Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) competition, finishing as consolation champions in that seven-state tournament.

Coach Folstad attributes the team's "excellent season" to the experienced lineup. "The players were an intelligent group of young women whose overall knowledge of the game helped in competition against much taller opponents. They possessed superior quickness that was nearly impossible to beat and they were able to control the tempo. They had le&ned to work together and knew what teamwork really meant."

The key to their games all season had been their "tremendous determination and inspired play," according to Folstad. "They lived basketball and spent many hours at practice developing good ball-handling technique."

Concordia played well defensively and was very balanced offensively. When the final scores were tallied, statistically the Cobbers sported the best records in the conference, holding opponents to 44.4 points per game. Overall, they had limited their opposition to 51.7 points per game.

Outstanding individual performances were turned in by seniors, captain Cindy Hudson of Hunter, ND, and Becky Dooley of Wheafland, ND. Coach Folstad said the two graduating athletes "will be hard to replace."

Sophomore Kathy Meyer of Mayville, ND, was another high performer who led the conference in rebounds, averaging 15.1 per game. Coral Beske, a sophomore from Lake Park, MN, was high team scorer. She also ranked second in conference scoring with an average of  19 points per game, and she had the fourth best field goal percentage in the conference with .471. Mary Schultz, a sophomore from Fargo, ND, was overall an outstanding player.

Coach Folstad will also be looking to freshmen Mary Jo Schafer of Adams, MN, and Paula Langseth of Casselton, ND, for a strong Cobber lineup next year.

This season will mark Coach Folstad's fourth year with the Cobbers and her second conference championship. Highlight of the season, however, was the opportunity to participate in regional competition. 'It was an exceptional experience and we were proud to represent the entire state of Minnesota."

In regional action, Concordia fell to Nebraska's champion, Midland Lutheran College (Fremont) 68-61, missing several easy layups in the final three minutes of play that could have given the Cobbers a victory, and a chance to advance to the National Small College championship playoffs in Florence, NC. (Midland and Region VI champion William Penn College of Askaloosa, IA, won the honors.)

In regional consolation playoffs, however, Concotdia downed Dickinson State College 72-56 and the University of South Dakota 62-57 to place fifth in the tournament and win the consolation championship.

Assisting Collette on the bench this season was Paul Rykken, a junior from West Fargo. The former JV and varsity cager is considered a "student of the game," according to Coach Folstad. "Paul has a great knowledge of basketball and won the respect and trust of the team." In addition to assisting with the varsity squad, Rykken coached the junior varsity women's basketball team.

Women cagers capture tournament honors

Four members of the Concordia women's basketball team's first string received Minn-Kota All-Conference honors, with three of the four athletes earning All-State selection as well.

Cobber women voted All-Conference by the players and coaches of the seven-school league are: Kathy Meyer, a sophomore from Mayville, ND; Coral Beske, a sophomore from Lake Park, MN; Becky Dooley, a senior from Wheatland, ND, and Cindy Hudson, a senior from Hunter, ND.

Final conference statistics showed Kathy Meyer topping the conference list of rebounds with 15.1 averaged per game. Teammate Beske with 19 points per game (133) total points) ranked second in scoring in the conference. Captain Cindy Hudson and Becky Dooley both played "outstandingly" all season, Coach Collette Folstad said.

For the first time in the state tournament's history, an All-Tournament team was selected Concordia was strongly represented.  All State honors went to Beske, Hudson and Meyer The three-game totals of state tournament action showed leading Cobber scorers in points were Beske, with 54; Dooley, with 33, and Hudson with 27. Leading the Cobbers in rebounds were Meyer, with 42; Dooley, with 18; Hudson, with 16, and Beske, with 16.
 



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1977-78  Schedule


 1977-78 Lady Cobber Basketball Schedule
 Date      Opponent       H/A Result
 12/2      Minot State     A  L  46-55
 12/3      UND- Williston  A  W  71-66
 12/9      Southwest State A  L  58-64
 12/10     Dr. Martin      A
             Luther College   W  73-34
 12/13     NDSU            H  L  42-45
 1/6       CC- St. Paul    H  W  59-48
 1/7       Winona State    H  W  69-54
 1/10      Bemidji State   H  W  57-49
 1/12      Moorhead State     W  57-39
 1/13      St. Catherine's H  L  49-51
 1/16      UM- Morris      H  W  64-51
 1/20      Waldorf, IA     A  L  48-54
 1/20      Grand View      A  L  67-72
 1/21      CC- St. Paul       L  59-64
 1/24      UND             H  W  67-33
 1/27      Valley City     A  W  65-54
 1/28      NDSSS           H  W  74-37
 2/2       NDSU            H  W  65-59
 2/4       Minot State     H  W  63-47
 2/7       Mayville        H  W  73-26


 Minn-Kota Tournament (at Valley City)
           Mayville        T  W  79-40
 2/11      Moorhead        T  W  62-45
 2/11      Valley City     T  W  69-65

 Districts (at Concordia, St. Paul)
 2/18      UM- Morris      T  W  65-43
           CC- St. Paul    T  W  60-57
           St. Catherine's T  W  53-51
           Winona State    T  W  57-50

 Region 6 Tournament (at Moorhead State)
 3/9       Fremont, NE     T  L  62-69
 3/10      Dickenson State T  W  72-57


 All-State: Coral Beske, Kathy Meyer

 1st Tri-College
 MAIAW State Champions
 AIAW Region 8, 5th Place

 Final Record: 21-9, 1st Minn-Kota
 Coach:  Collette Folstad


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1977-78  Minn-Kota Race


 Women's Basketball 
Conference Standings 1977-78 
  Team         Record 
1 Concordia     7-0 21-9
2 Bemidji       4-3 
3 Moorhead      4-3 
4 NDSU          4-3 
5 UND           4-3 
6 UofM Morris   3-4 
7 Valley City   2-5 
8 Mayville      0-7


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1977-78  All-Conference



Cobber women voted All-Conference by the players and coaches of the seven-school league are: Kathy Meyer, a sophomore from Mayville, ND; Coral Beske, a sophomore from Lake Park, MN; Becky Dooley, a senior from Wheatland, ND, and Cindy Hudson, a senior from Hunter, ND.



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1977-78  Season Stats



Sophomore Kathy Meyer of Mayville, ND, was another high performer who led the conference in rebounds, averaging 15.1 per game. Coral Beske, a sophomore from Lake Park, MN, was high team scorer. She also ranked second in conference scoring with an average of  19 points per game, and she had the fourth best field goal percentage in the conference with .471.

Historical Summary for 1978 (Oct 03, 2002)

                      GP-GS   FGM  FGA 3FGM 3FGA  FTM  FTA  Pts  Off  Def  Reb   PF   FO  Ast   TO  Blk  Stl  Min
Liz Ackerwold          0-0     32   80    0    0    7   13   71    9   11   20   27    0   19   30    0   19    0
Coral Beske            0-0    173  392    0    0   48   71  394   34   54   88   56    0   33   61    0   65    0
Kathy Buhr             0-0     96  265    0    0   32   46  224   61   81  142   63    0   26   61    0   37    0
Becky Dooley           0-0    113  311    0    0   40   57  266   73   94  167   67    0   29   68    0   39    0
Kris Elton             0-0     42  111    0    0    6    6   90    8    7   15    7    0   14   28    0   11    0
Jane Grorud            0-0     13   28    0    0    3    5   29    6   10   16    8    0   13   21    0   13    0
Jane Hanson            0-0     12   35    0    0    3    5   27    4    9   13    8    0    8    9    0    6    0
Cindy Hudson           0-0     73  199    0    0   26   39  172   95  106  201   76    0   67   74    0   55    0
Mary Jo Schafer        0-0     20   60    0    0    9   21   49   13   22   35   20    0   13   24    0   11    0
Paula Langseth         0-0     49  158    0    0   30   60  128   36   67  103   54    0   12   36    0   24    0
Kathy Meyer            0-0     80  182    0    0   23   46  183  129  185  314   49    0   31   46    0   41    0
Mary Schultz           0-0     96  275    0    0   36   74  228   59   99  158   99    0   45   79    0   47    0
Team totals           27-0    721 1868    0    0  234  405 1676  458  712 1170  478    0  293  499    0  340    0
Opp totals            27-0    553    0    0    0  259  441 1365    0    0    0  460    0    0    0    0    0    0
 



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