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2003-04 Women's Basketball MIAC Postseason Award Teams

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2003-04 All-MIAC Team | 2003-04 All-Defensive Team | 2003-04 All First-Year Team | 2003-04 MIAC All-Conference Honorable Mention Team |

Mandy Pearson Named Conference MVP; Four Others Receive Postseason Honors.
Mandy Pearson
Jr.
Watkins, Minn.
Became the program's fourth player to win MIAC MVP honors. 
Debbie Slack
Sr.
Evansville, Minn.
Was named to the MIAC All-Defensive Team for the second straight year.
Annie Keeley
Was second on the team in scoring and third in rebounding.
Beth Drager
Sr.
Wood Lake, Minn.
Led the MIAC in blocked shots.
Jamie Visness
Jr.
Hallock, Minn.
Earns all-conference honorable mention honors for the second straight season.

(St. Paul, Minn.)ó Mandy Pearson (Jr., Watkins, Minn./Eden Valley-Watkins HS) was named the MIAC Most Valuable Player as announced by the league office on Friday. Four other Cobber players also received MIAC postseason honors. All five Concordia starting players received a postseason award.

Pearson was also voted to the MIAC All-Conference Team. It is the second consecutive season that she has been named to the all-conference team, and third year that she has been honored with conference postseason awards.

Joining Pearson in the parade of conference postseason winners were Debbie Slack (Sr., Evansville, Minn.), who was named to the MIAC All-Defensive Team, and Annie Keeley (Fr., Grafton, N.Dak.), who garnered MIAC All-First Year Team honors. Slack, Keeley, Beth Drager (Sr., Wood Lake, Minn./Lakeview HS)and Jamie Visness (Jr., Hallock, Minn./Kittson Central HS) were all named to the MIAC All-Conference Honorable Mention Team.

Pearson becomes the first Concordia player to win MVP honors since Michelle Thykeson won the award in 1990. She becomes only the fourth player in school history to receive league MVP honors. She joins Jessica Rahman (Beachy), Jillayn Quaschnick and Thykeson in the elite club of Cobber athletes to win the MVP award.

She helped lead the Cobbers to 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.

Pearson 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). Nationally, Pearson finished the year being ranked among the leaders in assists, steals and free throw percentage.

She led the team in overall scoring 14.1 (ppg), assists (172) and steals (95). All three totals are career highs for Pearson. She now has scored 931 career points, and is on pace to become the 19th player in womenís basketball history to surpass the 1,000-point barrier. Pearson scored in double figures in 24 of the Cobbers' 28 games this season, and finished the year with a streak of 10 consecutive games scoring at least 10 points. Her season-high came against St. Ben's in the conference semifinals when she scored 29 points.

She has started in every game the Cobbers have played since coming to Concordia as a first-year player in the 2001-02 season. Her 465 career assists ranks her fourth on the schoolís all-time list.

Slack was named to the leagueís all-defensive teams for the second consecutive season and all-conference honorable mention team for the first time. A rebounding force under the basket, she finished fourth in the MIAC in rebounding this season with a 9.2 rebounds per game average. Not known for her scoring ability, Slack finished the year with career highs in every major offensive statistical category. She finished eighth in the conference in free throw percentage (79.4), which is a complete turnaround from her career average of 57.6% heading into her senior season.

Slack was one of the leaders of the Concordia defense that allowed opponentís an average of only 60.5 points per game which was the third best mark in the league. Concordia also finished the year by holding their foes to under 50 points on five different occasions in 2003-04. The team also led the MIAC in opponentís field goal percentage. The Cobbers limited conference teams to just 35.7% shooting from the floor.

Slack finishes her career seventh on the schoolís all-time rebounding list. She grabbed 719 rebounds in the 88 games she played for Concordia.

Keeley gave Concordia another player to handle the ball, and allowed Pearson to have someone to give her key breaks during the course of a game. She becomes the seventh Concordia player to be named to the leagueís all first-year team since the conference first started the honor back in the 1993-94 season.

Keeley was second on the team in scoring with a 10.9 points per game average. The diminutive Keeley also finished the year as the teamís third leading rebounder (4.0 rpg). She was ranked 14th in the league in 3-point baskets made (32) and, unbelievably, 15th in offensive rebounds (46). Keely also factored among the top players in the league in scoring, 3-point field goal percentage and assists.

Beth Drager capped her senior season by being named to a conference postseason award team for the first time in her career. She 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. She scored 206 points on the year, which is almost as many as her previous three seasons combined. She posted career-best numbers in every offensive statistical category, and finished 17th in the MIAC in field goal percentage (45.6%).

She finished her career with 157 blocks. That total is only one off the schoolís all-time mark of 158 held by Ann Mehrkens (í97).

Jamie Visness rounds out the quintet of Cobber award winners. Visness earns all-conference honorable mention honors for the second consecutive season. She 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 and tallied a season-high 22 points in the Cobberís game against St. Maryís on January 19.


2003-04 MIAC All-Conference Awards

2003-04 MIAC All-Conference Team
Name                School           Yr      Pos.       Hometown
Anna Cunningham  Bethel        So.   Center   Burnsville, Minn.
Linnea Engel     Carleton      Sr.   Forward  Shoreview, Minn.
Beth Freeman     Carleton      Jr.   Forward  Richfield, Minn.
Afton Hanson     Macalester    Sr.   Guard    Karlstad, Minn.
Anna Heikenen    St. Benedict  So.   Forward  Edina, Minn.
Kristi Huegel    St. Thomas    Jr.   Guard    Alta Vista, Iowa
Jill Johnson     St. Olaf      Sr.   Post     Butterfield, Minn.
Kim Johnson      St. Benedict  Jr.   Post     Arden Hills, Minn.
Carolyn Korchik  Hamline       So.   Guard    Bloomington, Minn.
Ashley Luehmann  St. Mary's    So.   Guard    Lewiston, Minn.
Jenna Martin     St. Catherine So.   Forward  Grove City, Minn.
Mandy Pearson    Concordia     Jr.   Guard    Watkins, Minn.
Angie Peterson   Gustavus      Sr.   Wing     Northfield, Minn.
Jamie Rattunde   St. Mary's    Jr.   Forward  Rollingstone, Minn.
Selina Theisen   Augsburg      Fy.   F/C      Circle Pines, Minn.
Megan Vig        Carleton      So.   Forward  Northfield, Minn.

Player of the Year
Mandy Pearson    Concordia

Sixth Player of the Year
Kristin Kachelmyer Gustavus

Coach of the Year
Tammy Metcalf-Filzen Carleton

All-Defensive Team
Name                 School          Yr      Pos.       Hometown
Sara Boldt       Gustavus      So.   Wing     Faribault, Minn.
Linnea Engel     Carleton      Sr.   Forward  Shoreview, Minn.
Angie Peterson   Gustavus      Sr.   Wing     Northfield, Minn.
Jamie Rattunde   St. Mary's    Jr.   Forward  Rollingstone, Minn.
Debbie Slack     Concordia     Jr.   F/C      Evansville, Minn.

All-First Year Team
Name                 School          Yr      Pos.       Hometown
Kate Bremmer     St. Catherine Fy.   Guard    Granite Falls, Minn.
Anne Keeley      Concordia     Fy.   Guard    Grafton, N.D.
Erin Petrich     Hamline       Fy.   Guard    White Bear Like, Minn.
Selina Theisen   Augsburg      Fy.   F/C      Circle Pines, Minn.
Jolynn Thielke   Bethel        Fy.   Forward  Holoway, Minn.

2003-04 MIAC All-Conference Honorable Mention Team
Name                         School
Jessica Barrett       Hamline
Ashley Brown          St. Benedict
Beth Drager           Concordia
Kristin Kachelmyer    Gustavus
Anne Keeley           Concordia
Jen Klohs             Gustavus
Kate Sandvig          Gustavus
Deb Slack             Concordia
JoLynn Thielke        Bethel
Jamie Visness         Concordia
Ashley Vossen         Augsburg
Katie Wiberg          St. Thomas
 
 


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