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2001-2002 Concordia Women's Basketball Preview Information
Concordia Women's Basketball Home Page for 2001-02 | see also | 2000-01 Season Stats | 2000-01 Box Scores |

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College Information
School: Concordia-Moorhead
Founded : 1891
Location: Moorhead, MN
Enrollment : 2950
President : Rev. Thomas Thomsen
Athletic Director: Dr. Armin Pipho
Team Nickname:  Cobbers
Colors: Maroon and Gold
Logo: The Chicago "C"
Faculty Athletic Rep: Jim Forde
Arena: Moorhead Sports Center, Capacity 3,150
 

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Concordia Women's Baketball
First year of basketball: 1974-75
All-time play-off record: 20-14 NCAA
Years in post-season play: 14
Last post-season appearance: 1995-96/ Result: Lost in first round to Bethel 64-60
All-time record: 562-181
 

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Sara Cepek
Second Year Head Coach went 19-7 in her first year and guided the Cobbers to the MIAC playoffs. 

Women's Basketball Staff
Head CoachSara Cepek
Alma Mater/Year: St. Cloud State '95
Record at school (years): 19-7 (2nd Season)
Career record: 19-7
Head Coach's office phone: 218-299-4162
Best time/day to reach coach: 10:00 - 2:00

Assistant Coaches:
Troy Odegaard , Dakota Wesleyan  '86
Chris Ohm, Concordia '98
 

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Sports Information
Sports Information Director: Jim Cella
Office Ph.:  218-299-3194
Fax: 218-299-4189
E-Mail Address: cella@cord.edu
WWW Address: http://www.cord.edu/dept/sports/
 

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 2000-01 Game-by Game Results
H/A Date   Opponent       Result
 H/A Date  Opponent       Time
 A  11/17-18 Luther Tip-Off Tourney
    11/17 vs UW-Oshkosh  W 72-64
    11/18 vs Luther      W 66-63
 A  11/30 UW-River Falls L 56-71
 A  12/6  Augsburg       W 68-58
H   12/9  St. Olaf       W 70-46
H   12/16 Hamline        W 75-52
 A   1/3  St. Catherine  W 94-67
 A   1/6  Carleton       L 58-71
 A   1/8  Gustavus       W 73-49
H    1/10 St. Thomas     L 54-68
 A   1/13 Macalester     W 70-58
H    1/15 St. Mary's     W 82-62
 A   1/17 St. Benedict   W 71-55
 A   1/20 Bethel         W 82-58
 A   1/24 Hamline        W 78-61
H    1/27 Augsburg       W 79-62
H    1/31 St. Catherine  W 96-56
 A   2/1  St. Olaf       W 76-68
H    2/3  Carleton       L 70-79
H    2/5  Gustavus       W 76-58
 A   2/7  St. Thomas     L 72-84
 A   2/12 St. Mary's     L 64-75
H    2/15 St. Benedict   W 85-72
H    2/17 Bethel         W 89-73
H    2/19 MIAC Tourney 1st Round
          vs. Gustavus   W 61-58
 A   2/21 MIAC Tourney Semifinal
          @ St. Thomas   L 57-71
16-5 in MIAC, 19-7 Overall
 

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2001 Cobber Women's Basketball Schedule
*-MIAC D-Doubleheader w/Men #-JV Prelim
Date    Opponent      Site Time/Result
Nov. 17 MSU-Moorhead  Home 1:00 D#
Nov. 21 Luther        Home 5:30 #
Dec. 1  Hamline       Away 1:00 *D
Dec. 5  Augsburg      Home 5:30 *D
Dec. 8  St. Olaf      Away 1:00 *D
Dec. 9  St. Mary's    Away 1:00 *D
Dec. 12 Gustavus      Home 5:30 *D
Dec. 15 UW-Eau Claire Away 1:00
Jan. 2  St. Catherine Away 5:30 *D
Jan. 5  Carleton      Away 5:30 *D
Jan. 7  St. Thomas    Away 5:30 *D
Jan. 9  Macalester    Home 5:30 *D
Jan. 12 St. Mary's    Home 1:00 *D
Jan. 14 St. Ben's     Home 7:30 *  #
Jan. 16 Bethel        Home 5:30 *D
Jan. 19 Hamline       Home 1:00 *D
Jan. 23 Augsburg      Away 5:30 *D
Jan. 26 St. Olaf      Home 5:30 *D
Jan. 28 St. Catherine Home 5:30 *
Jan. 30 Carleton      Home 5:30 *D
Feb. 2  Gustavus      Away 1:00 *D
Feb. 6  St. Thomas    Home 5:30 *D
Feb. 9  Macalester    Away 1:00 *D
Feb. 13 St. Ben's     Away 7:30 *  #
Feb. 16 Bethel        Away 1:00 *D
Feb. 19-24 MIAC Tourney TBA TBA
 

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Concordia Series Records Against MIAC Opponents:
Opponent      W  L   Series Started
Augsburg      41 0   1978
Bethel        33 9   1980
Carleton      36 2   1981
Gustavus      39 6   1974
Hamline       38 1   1979
Macalester    36 1   1976
St. Ben's     17 21  1980
St. Kate's    23 3   1976
St. Mary’s    35 6   1981
St. Olaf      42 6   1975
St. Thomas    23 26  1979
 
 

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Player & Team Information
Overall record last year: 19-7
Conference record/finish: 16-5,  4th Place

Letterwinners returning/lost: 7/7
Starters Returning/lost:  2/3
 
 

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Key Returning Players
Name           Pos Yr Ht  Hometown/High School
Mandy Berggren  G Jr 5-8  Cokato MN/Dassel-Cokato
Third on the team in assists (2.0) in 2000-01, fourth in scoring (8.5)
Kasey Bostow    F Jr 5-8  Fargo ND/South
2000-01 All MIAC, third on the team in scoring (10.2) in 2000-01, third on the team in rebounding (4.4)
 

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Key Losses (grad/transfer/injury/misc.)
Sarah Jacobson  G   5-10 Fargo ND
Brandi Myers    G   5-9  Glyndon MN
3-time All-MIAC, MIAC career 3-point leader, Lutheran Brotherhood All-American, 1,000 scorer for her career.
Sara Spears     F   5-10 Spicer MN
3-time All-MIAC, fourth in the MIAC in rebounding last season, 1,000 scorer for her career.
 

Key Newcomers
Name             Pos Yr Ht   Hometown/High School
Mandy Pearson    G   Fr 5-5  Watkins MN/Eden Valley-Watkins
Jamie Visness    G/F Fr 5-8  Hallock MN/Kittson Central
Gretta Stritesky F/C Fr 6-0  Ogilvie MN/Ogilvie
 

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Season Outlook and Notes:
 Mandy Berggren
Sr.
Cokato, Minn.
Senior guard will be the offensive captain in 2001-02.
Kasey Bostow
Jr.
Fargo, N.Dak.
Sixth Player of the Year in the MIAC in 2000-01. Returning leading scorer and rebounder.

Head Coach Sara Cepek will have to begin her second season at the helm of the Cobber women's basketball program with an entirely different game plan.  Gone are last year's dynamic duo of Brandi Myers and Sara Spears who helped the team retain their upper-MIAC status. Present is a squad that has only one senior and boasts six first year players.  The key to success  for Cepek this season will be finding the right blend of players that can score and play defense at the same time. Both Spears and Myers were three-time All-MIAC players and they accounted for almost 40 percent of the team's total scoring. Myers led the team in scoring while Spears was the leader in rebounding. Filling the four shoes of last year's leaders will determine how high the Cobbers can climb in 2001-02.

The team will sport a new attitude toward offense and overall court quickness. They will make up for their lack of size underneath with speed on the perimeter. Mandy Berggren (Cokato, Minn.) who is the team's lone senior will have the dubious task of running the offense with potentially three first year players on the court at any given time. Berggren, who was second on the team in assists last season, will be counted on to take more shots and harness more of the scoring burden. The other returning player that will also play a big role in Concordia's season will be junior Kasey Bostow (Fargo, N.Dak.). Bostow averaged just over 10 points per game, making her the leading returning scorer. She also is the leading returning rebounder as well, averaging 4.4 rebounds per game last year. For her efforts she was named the MIAC's Sixth Player of the Year. A job description she will have to give up this year in order to help the team from a starting position.

Finding two players in the front court will be key for Cepek.  Without the apparent size, the team will have to rely on quickness and being in the right spot. A trio of sophomores looks to give Concordia some presence underneath. Beth Drager (Wood Lake, Minn.), Becky Fitch (Sartell, Minn.) and Debbie Slack (Evansville, Minn.) all have the capability to provide solid minutes and a scoring threat now that they will see more time on the court. If the three should falter look for first year players Jamie Visness (Hallock, Minn.) and Gretta Stritesky (Ogilvie, Minn.). to step into the equation.

Finding a running mate for Berggren in the backcourt will be another piece of the puzzle Cepek will have to find. Two newcomers will be given the opportunity early. Mandy Pearson (Watkins, Minn.) brings an impressive resume from her high school career, and Nicole Plante (Fort Benton, Minn.) will provide quickness and smothering defensive attitude.

If Concordia can quickly get through the growing pains of having seven new players on the court then the team has a shot at claiming one of the top spots in the conference. With a tough early non-conference schedule that features NCAA Division II power MSU-Moorhead and perennial Iowa conference front-runner Luther, the Cobbers will be able to tell very quickly how their quicker, more athletic squad will hold up in the MIAC.
 

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2001-2002 Preseason Roster:
See current roster on 2000-2001 roster page |

No Name            Pos  Gr Ht   H'town/HS
14 Greta Loen       F   So 5-9  Benson MN/Benson
15 Kayla Sumption   G   Fr 5-6  Kindred ND/Kindred
21 Kelly Quaal      G   Jr 5-7  Spearfish SD/Spearfish
23 Debbie Slack     F/C So 5-10 Evansville MN/Evansville
24 Nicole Plante    G   Fr 5-4  Fort Benton MT/Fort Benton
31 Mandy Berggren   G   Sr 5-8  Cokato MN/Dassel-Cokato
32 Sarah Saari      G   Fr 5-7  Big Lake MN/Big Lake
33 Jamie Visness    G/F Fr 5-8  Hallock MN/Kittson Central
35 Becky Fitch      F/C So 6-0  Sartell MN/Sartell
42 Mandy Pearson    G   Fr 5-5  Watkins MN/Eden Valley-Watkins
44 Gretta Stritesky F/C Fr 6-0  Ogilvie MN/Ogilvie
45 Jennifer Miller  F   Jr 5-8  Velva ND/Velva
50 Kasey Bostow     F/C Jr 5-8  Fargo ND/South
54 Beth Drager      C   So. 6-3  Wood Lake MN/Lakeview
 
 
 
 
 

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