Black coaches go 2-3; Iowa dominates Concordia-St. Paul

By Kwame JC McDonald
Contributing Writer
Chicago (LOVIE SMITH) 22, Buffalo 15; Pittsburgh (MIKE TOMLIN) 27, Cincinnati (MARVIN LEWIS) 21; Philadelphia 26, Indianapolis (JIM CALDWELL) 24; Atlanta 27, Tampa Bay (RAHEEM MORRIS) 21.

San Francisco (MIKE SINGLETARY) was idle.

The Black NFL coaches are now 24-24 in their composite win-loss record.

Iowa trounces Concordia-St. Paul

Former Minneapolis Benilde-St. Margaret’s star and current All-America nominee KACHINE ALEXANDER stood out among several as the University of Iowa Hawkeyes women’s basketball team pounced on the Division II power Concordia-St. Paul 101-51. She accounted for 11 points, 13 rebounds and four assists.

Alexander admitted that she let the game “come to me” instead of forcing it.

In fact, the game was nearly 14 minutes old when she scored her first points, two free throws. She finished the first half with four free throws.

Her teammates KELLY KREI with 25, MORGAN JOHNSON with 20, and KAMILLE WAHLIN with 17 led the way. Frosh JADE ROGERS scored four points and grabbed three rebounds in her 11 minutes of play. Much is expected from her in the future.

St. Paul Central graduate and sophomore THEAIRRA TAYLOR is hampered by a knee injury and won’t be ready until next year. She will be a starter.

Division II power Concordia-St. Paul was out-rebounded 51 to 32, and they were held to a 34.4 shooting percentage. JINEEN WILLIAMS scored 23 and gathered seven rebounds to lead the Golden Bears. She was ably supported by MAURIKA HICKMAN with 12 points. The other senior, ZORA QUOIE, a former Iowa player, had an off game but will be a key component this season for the Bears.

Golden Bear gridders keep hope alive

Concordia-St. Paul was victorious over a severely outmanned Upper Iowa team 56-7, thus allowing the Bears to continue to have Mineral Water Bowl aspirations. Junior quarterback SPENCER OHM threw a career-best 326 yards, three for touchdowns. This is his fifth three-TD game of the season.

CHARLES GILBERT, also a junior, was the key receiver as he gathered in 137 of the 380-yards passing performances of both Ohm and freshman JAMES PETERSON.

Two of Gilbert’s receptions were 61 and 47 yards for two touchdowns.

Gilbert, incidentally, has now recorded 11 touchdowns this year, one by land and 10 by air. Each of his receptions has been 47 yards or more.

SAM CAMPBELL, another junior, led the team by rushing 95 yards on 19 attempts.

His 28 receiving yards allowed him to compile an impressive 123 all-purpose yards.

Saturday’s game, with the vaunted Southwest Minnesota State in Marshall, could be a significant step toward an invitation to the prestigious Mineral Water Bowl.

Olafeso Twins lead Bears to win over UW River Falls

With PETER and KENNY OLAFESO leading the way, the Golden Bears whipped the University of Wisconsin-River Falls 80-72.

Kenny led with 16, while Peter chipped in 13. They were by no means the whole show. Sharp-shooting ISAIAH THOMAS and big DAN VANDERVIEREN also contributed with 14 and 10 points respectively.

In all, nine players ripped the nets for points. AARON ANDERSON led the Falcons with 28 points.

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