BELLEVUE, NEB. – Balanced scoring lines are something Morningside College fans have become accustomed to.
The individuals involved in the scene following a 90-50 win over Nebraska Christian College Wednesday, Jan. 16, may have surprised some. While junior forward/center Tyler Borchers (JR/Le Mars, IA ) (LeMars, Iowa) gathered his usual numbers (11 points, four rebounds, a steal, and two assists), it was the bench that stepped to the forefront from that point.
Sophomore center Trey Brown (SO/Gretna, NE ) (Gretna, Neb.) had a memorable 18-minute stint on the floor of Bellevue University’s Gordon Lozier Center, as he went six-of-12 from the field and went two-of-three at the charity stripe for 14 points and also made himself a presence on the glass with seven offensive and defensive boards apiece for a double-double evening that also featured a blocked shot and two assists. Sophomore forward/center Jeff Widhelm (SO/Valley, NE ) (Valley, Neb.) was the third Maroon big man to turn in a picturesque finish, scoring 13 points to go with four rebounds, a blocked shot, a steal, and an assist. Senior guard Pierce Almond (SR/Grand Island, NE ) (Grand Island, Neb.) concluded the visitors’ double-figure assault on the scoreboard with 11 points which included three three-point baskets.
Mside, moving to 17-1, scored 28 of the game’s first 34 points and wasn’t threatened the remainder of the contest. The Maroon continue a brief two-game road set by going back into Great Plains Athletic Conference action with a visit to Northwestern College for a 4 p.m. tip-off.
OMAHA, NEB. – Four players scoring in double figures and a 40-33 edge on the glass played key roles in enabling Morningside College to win for the 10th time in their last 11 contests Wednesday, Jan. 16.
Sophomore guard Sierra Mitchell (SO/Pleasant Hill, IA) (Pleasant Hill, Iowa), junior guard Jordyn Moser (JR/Harlan, IA) (Harlan, Iowa) and junior forward/center Sydney Hupp (JR/O’Neill, NE) (O’Neill, Neb.), continuing a theme of one of the Great Plains Athletic Conference’s and regional’s top offensive units, led head coach Jamie Sale‘s squad (17-4 overall, 9-4 GPAC). Mitchell and Moser scored 12 points apiece, and Hupp added 11 as part of a near-miss double-double night against the Flames of the College of St. Mary which included seven rebounds and two blocked shots on her resume. Senior forward/center Alex Gill (Omaha, Neb.) wrapped up the double-digit point efforts for the Mustangs in the 79-63 victory, tallying 11 points and grabbing seven rebounds, blocking a CSM shot attempt and picking up two steals to highlight the bench contributions.
Mside’s path to remaining fourth on the loop standings, just two and a half games out of a first-place logjam between Dakota Wesleyan, Concordia University of Nebraska and Northwestern, began with an 8-1 stretch to end the first period and continued on in the second 10 minutes. The Mustangs outscored their hosts 23-12 in the frame for a 38-25 halftime advantage and didn’t look back.
The Maroon begin a critical section Saturday, Jan. 19, facing off with the tri-league-leading Red Raiders in Orange City. Game time is 2 p.m.