Concordia women’s basketball cherishing this year’s tourney run
"We've got to continue to defend real well. Continue to have players step up. That's been the cool thing about this team is just so many different players have stepped up at so many different times throughout the year."
SEWARD, Neb. (KLKN) — Death, taxes and Concordia women’s basketball in the Sweet 16.
The Bulldogs, the 2019 NAIA national champions, return to the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa this weekend to take on fourth-seeded Marian University (Ind.) on Friday in the round of 16.
“We’re very lucky and blessed to be where we are,” said senior Taylor Cockerill. “Especially after last year, it’s definitely been a long year. We just feel very lucky that we’re able to play and we’re very excited.”
After missing out at a chance to defend its title in 2020, Concordia reloaded for this season after losing several all-conference players. The Bulldogs lean on mostly underclassmen and have found a way to make it back to Sioux City with another chance at a championship.
“You know, last year kind of ended abruptly and that’s not how we envisioned it,” said junior Mackenzie Koepke. “Just making sure we take each game and enjoy it. Having fun with each other and making sure everyone is learning and growing and competing.”
Head coach Drew Olson’s bunch has now won seven-straight NAIA tournament games dating back to the 2019 season. He’ll look to make his sixth trip to the final four and fourth national final appearance this weekend.
“We’ve got to continue to defend real well,” Olson said. “Continue to have players step up. That’s been the cool thing about this team is just so many different players have stepped up at so many different times throughout the year.”
Tip-off between Marian and Concordia is set for 6:00 p.m. on Friday from the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City.