CRETE, NEB. – National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ Division II second-ranked Morningside College needed every bit of a hard-nosed 40-minute effort to overcome a feisty Doane College team Wednesday, Feb. 13.
The Mustangs, upping their current win streak to 10 and moving to 25-1 overall and 18-1 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference, scored 14 of the first 21 points on the host Tigers inside their home Haddix Center. However, from that point until midway through the final frame, the battle was a nip-and-tuck one, as both sides held the lead and neither had it by more than the original seven-point cushion Mside had early on.
Enter senior guard Pierce Almond (SR/Grand Island, NE ) (Grand Island, Neb.). With the Maroon leading 55-54 with just over six minutes to play, Almond put the team in his capable hands. He scored nine points and picked up a pair of steals in the span to ignite an 18-8 end run that finished off a 73-62 victory. Almond’s joy was strengthened by a seven-of-eight effort from the free throw line by the Mustangs.
Almond’s 14 led five in double digits. Junior guard Alex Borchers (JR/South Sioux City, NE ) (South Sioux City, Neb.) wound up with 12; junior center Tyler Borchers (JR/Le Mars, IA ) (LeMars, Iowa) continued an impressive streak of 14 straight double-figure totals with 11 to go with 12 rebounds for his fourth double-double; sophomore guard Zach Imig (SO/Gretna, NE ) (Gretna, Neb.) wasn’t far from compiling his own double-double, scoring 11 to go with eight rebounds; and junior forward Matt Hahn (JR/Fremont, NE ) (Fremont, Neb.) tallied 10 points and six rebounds.
Morningside winds up the 2018-19 regular season Saturday, Feb. 16. They travel to the University of Jamestown for a 4 p.m. contest.
CRETE, NEB. – Thirteen three-pointers, a balanced scoring attack, and a determined defense proved a tasty recipe for Morningside College Wednesday, Feb. 13.
Head coach Jamie Sale‘s Mustangs, in search of a strong team outcome after dropping six of their previous seven, got just what the doctor ordered inside Doane College’s Haddix Center. Mside, improving to 19-10 overall and 11-10 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference, trailed in the early stages but surged ahead by as much as a seven-point advantage late in the first period and then held the host Tigers to seven points over the second 10 minutes and were off to an 83-53 win.
Sophomore guard Sierra Mitchell (SO/Pleasant Hill, IA) (Pleasant Hill, Iowa) tossed in five three-pointers, reaching 100 for the season, as part of a 15-point, three-steal output. Mitchell moved near some impressive single-season and career-point milestones, too, closing within one of 900 career-wise and five from 500 this year. She was joined in double digits by sophomore forward Kailey Burke (SO/Hinton, IA) (Hinton, Iowa) who came off the bench to score 14 to tie her personal season-best total and also grabbed three rebounds.
Morningside’s scoring column didn’t end with the pair, though. Thirteen players scored and 17 got on the court for the Maroon. Other top-notch numbers came from junior guard Skyler Snider (JR/Kearney, NE) (Kearney, Neb.) who finished with seven points, seven rebounds, and three blocked shots; junior forward/center Sydney Hupp (JR/O’Neill, NE) (O’Neill, Neb.) got in on the blocking bonanza with five of her to add to eight points, four rebounds, one steal, and one assist; junior guard Jordyn Moser (JR/Harlan, IA) (Harlan, Iowa) finished with four assists and three steals; and sophomore guard Grace Meyer (SO/Pomeroy, IA) (Pomeroy, Iowa) who picked up four steals.
The Mustangs conclude the regular season Saturday, Feb. 16. They travel to the University of Jamestown for a 2 p.m. start.