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Cobber women end 20-6 season with 64-60 loss at Bethel in first round of 14th consecutive NCAA

Kathy Wall ('93) was hired in the spring of 1995 to assist with the women's basketball program. But some health problems caused head coach Bob Kohler to step aside and Wall became the head coach during Thanksgiving break. Kohler was able to serve as one of Kathy's assistant coaches and the Cobber women, with just one senior, put together a 20-6 season. They also earned Concordia's 14th consecutive invitation to the NCAA tournament.

After finishing third in the MIAC with a 16-4 record the Cobbers opened the NCAA tournament at Bethel, the MIAC runner-up. Losing 64-60 they saw another great season come to an end.

The 1995-96 Cobbers were led by All-MIAC junior forwards Holly Zollar ('97, Barnesville) and Ann Mehrkens ('97, Goodhue). Zollar, who averaged 12 points and 6 rebounds, was also named to the MIAC's All-Defensive team. In addition, Zollar arned Academic All-MIAC honors with her 3.36 GPA in Elementary Education.

Mehrkens earned her second All-MIAC award on the strength of her 12 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.

Jodi Tulibaski ('96, Pennock), The Cobbers' lone senior, finished her career having played in all 106 of the Cobber games the past four years. Jodi's teams had a combined record of 78-28. Her career numbers include 894 points, 531 rebounds, and All-MIAC honors in her sophomore and junior year. She was also a three-time all-MIAC performer in volleyball.


1995-96 MIAC RACE


               MIAC  O'all
1. St. Thomas  20-0  27-3
2. Bethel      17-3  21-6
3. Concordia   16-4  20-6
4. St. Ben's   14-6  19-7
5. Macalaster   9-11 13-12
   Gustavus     9-11 11-14
7. St. Olaf     8-12 11-14
8. Hamline      6-14  9-16
   Carleton     6-14  9-14
10.St. Mary's   3-17  3-22
11.Augsburg     2-18  5-20
 Complete MIAC Season Results and Schedule

1995-96 Cobber Women's Roster


No Name           Yr P Ht   Hometown
10 Jill Carlin    So G 5-5  Fosston
12 Nikki Swenson  Jr G 5-4  Red Wing
14 Mindy Schirm   Jr G 5-6  Correll
20 Holly Zollar   Jr F 5-10 Barnesville
22 Leta Prochnow  Fr F 5-7  Jamestown, ND
24 Rayna Heard    So G 5-7  Seattle, WA
30 Stacie Larson  So G 5-8  Ada
40 Beth Ganyo     Fr F 5-10 Belgrade
42 Autumn Raeker  Jr F 5-8  Waite Park
44 Ann Mehrkens   Jr F 5-11 Goodhue
50 Nichole Walla  Fr C 6-2  West Fargo,ND
52 Jodi Tulibaski Sr C 6-0  Pennock
54 Leah Sonstelie So C 6-0  Fosston

Head Coach: Kathy Wall, 1st year
Assistants: Becky Woessner, Bob Kohler
Student Ast.: Rebekah Hoffman
Student Manager: Jennifer Koosmann

1995-96 Cobber Women's Basketball Schedule


*-MIAC D-DH w/Men #-JV Prelim
H/A Date Opponent   Time/Results
H  11/11  Brandon U     W 84-66 Exh
H  11/20  Mayville St.  W 60-39
H  11/21  UM-Crookston  W 64-54
 A 11/28  Moorhead St.  W 62-59
 A 12/2   Hamline      *W 67-59
H  12/6   St. Thomas   *L 56-64
 A 12/9   Gustavus     *W 70-63
 A 12/29-30 Luther (IA) Tournament
    12/29 Millikin       W 57-44
    12/30 Title v Luther L 60-68
H  1/6    St. Ben's    *W 82-60
H  1/8    Carleton     *W 72-40
 A 1/10   Augsburg     *W 68-60
H  1/13   Macalester   *W 73-65
 A 1/15   St. Mary's   *W 77-60
 A 1/17   St. Olaf     *W 76-54
H 1/20    Bethel       *W 69-55
 A 1/24   St. Thomas   *L 47-49 OT
H 1/27    Gustavus     *W 96-54
 A 2/3    St. Ben's    *L 53-60
H 2/7     Augsburg     *W 96-60
 A 2/10   Macalester   *W 80-55
H 2/12    St. Mary's   *W 67-56
H 2/14    St. Olaf     *W 70-41
 A 2/17   Bethel       *L 54-61
H 2/20    Hamline      *W 77-52 Tue
 A 2/24   Carleton     *W 56-44
NCAA Tourney
 A 2/28   Bethel        L 60-64
Record: 20-6 overall, 16-4 MIAC

1995-96 Cobber Season Stats


Player         PPG  RPG  Pts  Reb  FGM  FGA  FG% FTM FTA  FT%  3M  3A  3%  Ast  St  B  TO  PF
Ann Merhkens  11.9  8.3  238  166  105  184  57.1 28  53  52.8  0   0  0.0  25  17 32  42  52
Holly Zollar  11.7  6.0  305  155  110  276  39.9 57  82  69.5 28  64 43.8  75  49 15  66  62
Mindy Schirm   9.8  3.0  254   79  88   236  37.3 58  93  62.4 20  54 37.0  83  35  2  82  54
Leah Sonstelie 8.7  5.8  227  152   86  202  42.6 55  80  68.8  0   0  0.0  23  19  7  32  29
Jodi Tulibaski 8.3  5.5  217  143   86  211  40.8 45  63  71.4  0   0  0.0  27  37  8  59  81
Nikki Swenson  5.8  2.7  151   71   52  151  34.4 31  41  75.6 16  40 40.0  88  42  5  89  62
Rayna Heard    4.7  2.8  122   73   51  116  44.0 17  24  70.8  3  14 21.4  46  38  2  63  38
Autumn Raeker  4.1  4.3  106  113   39   89  43.8 28  45  62.2  0   0  0.0  15  20  0  25  34
Nichole Walla  3.8  4.1   95  103   43   92  46.7  9  20  45.0  0   0  0.0   9  12 43  23  38
Jill Carlin    2.1  1.1   31   17   10   22  45.5 10  15  66.7  1   4 25.0  19   9  1  16  16
Stacie Larson  2.6  1.1   21    9    8   20  40.0  2   2  100   3   6 50.0   4   1  0   6   3

Cobbers        68.0 46.1 1769 1198 678 1605 42.2 342 522 65.5  71 182 39.0 417 280 115 509 474
Opponents      55.8 36.2 1451  942 547 1568 34.9 306 501 61.1  51 231 22.1 236 243  79 496 442

1994-95 Final MIAC Standings


1. St. Ben's   19-1 26-1
2. St. Thomas  17-3 22-5
3. Concordia   16-4 20-7
4. Bethel      14-6 17-8
   Gustavus    14-6 16-10
6. Augsburg    6-14 8-17
   Carleton    6-14 8-17
   Macalaster  6-14 9-16
9. Hamline     5-16 5-19
10. St. Olaf   4-16 4-20
11. St. Mary's 3-17 6-19

Cobber Women's Basketball Quick Facts


Cobber Women's Basktball
Coach: Kathy Wall, 1st year
Alma Mater: Concordia
94-95: 20-7, 16-4 MIAC, 3rd
Starters Lost:1
Starters Back 4
Mindy Schirm Jr G 5-6, 7 ppg
Holly Zollar Jr F 5-10 7.2 ppg
Jodi Tulibaski Sr C 6-0, 10.8 ppg
Ann Mehrkens Jr F 5-11 12ppg
Top newcomer:
Autumn Raeker Jr F 5-8

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