Mustangs Trouce Hastings
Mustangs Ranked 3rd In NAIA Pre-Season Poll
Morningside Co-Favorite In GPAC Pre-Season Poll
Third-ranked Morningside bowed 102-82 against a hot shooting Northwestern team in Tuesday’s GPAC women’s basketball game in Orange City, Iowa.
The defending GPAC champion Mustangs suffered their third loss in four league outings and saw their overall record drop to 6-3.
Northwestern, ranked seventh in the nation, shot 54.5 percent from the field and was especially impressive from the 3-point arc, where it bombed in 10 treys in 19 attempts. Morningside, meanwhile, made only 36.8 percent of its floor shots, including a six-for-19 showing from the 3-point arc.
The Red Raiders took control of the game early. After the Mustangs took an 8-6 lead, the hosts reeled of 12 consecutive points to go up 18-8 and were never challenged again. Northwestern maintained a double figure point lead for the rest of the contest.
Ashlynn Muhl gave the Mustangs a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead the team in both categories, but was the Mustangs’ only starter to score in double figures.
Ashley Schroeder sparked the Mustangs off the bench with a career-high 13 points. Allison Bachman also provided a double figure scoring performance off the bench with 11 points, while Jordyn Wollenburg and MaKayla Augustine just missed twin figures with nine and eight points, respectively.
Leann Osten led the Mustangs with six assists and three steals.
The Mustangs will host Dakota Wesleyan on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m.
Third-ranked Morningside snapped a two-game losing streak with a 76-49 victory against Hastings College in Saturday’s GPAC women’s basketball game in Sioux City.
The Mustangs, who had dropped their first two GPAC contests of the season, shot 50.9 percent from the field and has 13 different players score. Morningside pressured Hastings into 31 turnovers and a miserable 30.9 percent shooting percentage from the field.
Lacey Lehmann led the Mustangs with 16 points and was joined in double figures by Osten with 10 tallies.
Kalene Anderson grabbed six rebounds to lead the Mustangs to a 38-34 advantage on the boards.
Morningside College is ranked No. 3 in the nation in the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Pre-Season Poll.
The Mustangs return 10 letterwinners, including two starters, from a team that posted a 31-5 record last season and reached the Final Four at the NAIA Division II National Tournament. The Mustangs lost 65-64 against eventual NAIA II National Champion Indiana Wesleyan University in the semifinals.
Morningside is one of four teams from the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) ranked in the pre-season NAIA Top 25. Concordia University is fifth, Northwestern College is seventh, and Briar Cliff University is 12th.
Morningside will open the 2013-14 season with games against Ashford University and Olivet Nazarene University at this weekend’s Ashford Classic in Clinton, Iowa.
Click here for the complete NAIA II Pre-Season Poll.
Morningside and Concordia are the co-favorites in the GPAC Women’s Basketball Coaches Pre-Season Poll.
Both schools received 93 points in the pre-season poll. Concordia received five of the 11 first place votes from the league's head coaches, while Morningside received four first place votes. The other two first place votes went to Northwestern.
The Mustangs return 10 letterwinners, including two starters, from a team that posted a 31-5 record last season and won both the GPAC regular season and post-season tournametn championships. Morningside made its 11th consecutive appearance in the NAIA Division II National Tournament, where it lost by one point (65-64) against eventual NAIA II National Champion Indiana Wesleyan in the semifinals.
Morningside will open the 2013-14 campaign at the Ashford University Classic on Nov. 1 and 2 in Clinton, Iowa.
Click here for the complete 2013-14 GPAC Women’s Basketball Coaches Pre-Season Poll.