Jessica (Beachy) Rahman '88
Jessica (Beachy) Rahman '88 Basketball
(From Staples High School)
Jessica (Beachy) Rahman came to Concordia in 1984 from Staples after establishing herself as one of the best high school players in the state. In her four years at Concordia she became the most prolific scorer in MIAC women's basketball history. And she did it while helping her teams win 96 of the 118 games in which she played.
As a freshman she helped her team reach the NCAA Tournament while earning All-MIAC honors. She was named to the West Region All-Tournament Team and was named a Freshman All-American.
As a sophomore she helped the Lady Cobbers post a 25-3 record, win the MIAC title, and advance to the West Region Championship game. She still holds the MIAC record for sophomore scoring at 19.7 points per game. She was named All-MIAC and All-American.
In her junior year the Lady Cobbers again won the MIAC and then finished as runners-up in the NCAA Division III Tournament. Jessica was named MIAC Most Valuable Player and a first team All-American.
In 1987-88 the Lady Cobbers went 29-2, captured their third-consecutive MIAC title, and won the NCAA Championship in front of a packed house in Concordia's Memorial Auditorium. Jessica was again All-MIAC and a first team All-American. She was named the NCAA Division III Player of the Year in 1988. She also received the Honda Award as the NCAA Division III Female Athlete of the Year and earned one of the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships.
Jessica ended her Concordia career with 2,101 points - 17.8 points per game. She still holds the MIAC record for career points with 1,491 - 17.8 points per game.
Since graduating magna cum laude in 1988, Jessica has earned an M.A.
degree in education and remains active in basketball. After serving as
an assistant coach at Concordia (1991-93) and at Jamestown college (1995-96),
she became the head girl's basketball coach at Dickinson (N.D.) High School
in 1998. She has also been active in volunteer activities in her church
April 25, 1988
Jessica Ann Beachy, a senior at Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn.,
and a standout Lady Cobber women's basketball player, has been selected
to receive one of 10 National Collegiate Athletic Association postgraduate
Beachy, the daughter of Ron and Naomi Beachy, Staples, Minn., will be graduating Sunday, May 1, with majors in biology and physical education.
The scholarships, designated for postgraduate study, are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, distinctive performance in a college sport, participation in campus activities and personal conduct.
Scholarships were awarded to four athletes in Division I schools, Beachy and three others in Division II and III schools, and to two at-large recipients. No other winners were from schools in Minnesota or North Dakota.
Beachy recieved the $4,000 scholarship largely as a result of her 3.571 grade point average and her outstanding basketball career at Concordia. She is a member of two honor societies; Alpha Society for academic achievements, and Omicron Delta Kappa for leadership and academics. She is also a member of the Concordia chapter of the American Institue of Biological Sciences and of the PEMM club for physical education students.
In her four-year career with the Lady Cobbers, which ended March 19 with a National Championship victory, Beachy earned many national distinctions. This year she was Player of the Year for NCAA Division III women's basketball, as selected by the Women's Baskeball Coaches Association.
The WBCA also elected her to the Kodak women's baskeball All-American team for Division III in 1987 and 1988. Beachy was also named to the American Women's Sports Federation All-American freshman first team in 1985; a third team all-American in 1986; and first team in 1987 and 1988.
In each of the four years, Beachy was named to the All-West Region team, the West Region all-tournament team, and the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference all-conference team. She was a member of the MIAC academic all-conference team in 1987 and 1988.
Beachy was named Most Valuable Player by the MIAC in 1987 and by the Lady Cobbers in 1987 and 1988. She established career records in free throw percentage and steals, and broke Concordia's scoring record in her senior year, ending with a career total of 2,101 points.
Career Stats Year PPG Pts FG FGA FG% FT FTA FT% REB A BLK ST MIN GP MPG 84-85 14.0 392 163 379 43.0 66 87 76.0 77 100 - - -- 28 -- 85-86 20.3 571 232 464 50.0 107 138 78.0 82 93 - 66 -- 28 -- 86-87 20.0 619 251 485 51.7 117 137 85.4 94 62 5 75 785 31 25.3 87-88 16.7 519 220 425 51.8 79 109 76.7 77 65 2 89 754 31 24.3 Total 17.8 2101 886 1753 50.5 369 471 78.3 330 320 7 230 - 118 --
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