SIOUX CITY, IOWA – Morningside College scored 21 of the first 30 points and didn’t look back Wednesday, Nov. 13.
Appearing for the first time this season in front of their home crowd at Allee Gymnasium inside Rosen Verdoorn Sports Center, head coach Jamie Sale‘s charges dispatched of visiting College of Saint Mary of Nebraska 80-52 to begin their 2019-20 home and Great Plains Athletic Conference campaigns on a high note. Just as had occurred in their most recent win at Graceland University Nov. 8, opponent turnovers helped feed a sixth successive 80-point-plus offensive total dating back to the end of 2018-19.
The visiting Flames, dipping to 1-4 overall and 0-1 in the conference, gave the ball up 35 times and struggled from the field overall (19 of 57 – 33.3 percent) and outside the arc (nine of 28 – 32.1 percent). However, the Maroon, moving to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the conference with their 12th straight win in the series, also had frigid shooting issues, going just 27 of 75 for 36 percent and eight of 33 from three-point land for 24.2 percent. The free-throw line, where the Mustangs went 18 of 24 compared to just a five of seven evening for CSM, paired with a 49-41 rebound advantage and the visiting turnover numbers, 29 of which were forced by home team steals, proved key.
Junior guard Sierra Mitchell (JR/Pleasant Hill, IA) (Pleasant Hill, Iowa) and sophomore guard Taylor Rodenburgh (SO/Hawarden, IA) (Hawarden, Iowa) paced Mside with 20 points apiece. Mitchell’s first two buckets of the night were especially important as it allowed her to go from 996 career points into four-figure territory, while Rodenburgh, tallying a second straight double-digit outing off the bench, was only two boards short of a double-double. Senior forward/center Sydney Hupp (SR/O’Neill, NE) (O’Neill, Neb.) also earned herself a career milestone, as a blocked shot early in the proceedings helped her become just the second player in program history to reach 1000 points, 500 rebounds, and 100 blocked shots. Hupp had a very productive night with her third double-double of the season (15 points, 13 rebounds) to add in with five steals, four blocked shots, and three assists. Sophomore forward Sophia Peppers (SO/Exira, IA) (Exira, Iowa) also was in double-digit point territory with 11.
Morningside looks to continue its strong league start Saturday, Nov. 16. National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ No. 5-ranked Dordt University comes to Sioux City for a 2 p.m. tip-off against the No. 19-ranked Mustangs.