by Steve Peterson
Morningside scored a key early season women’s basketball victory with a 72-70 road win at three-time defending NAIA Division II National Champion Northwestern College Nov. 20 in Orange City.
The Mustangs, ranked fifth in the nation, won their fourth straight game against the rival Red Raiders, who are ranked second.
Shelby Beaudette scored a basket with four seconds left in the contest to break a 70-70 tie and the Mustangs held on when Northwestern’s two-time All-American Kendra De Jong missed a last second shot.
Chelsie Trask, the Mustangs’ reigning All-American, scored 23 points to share game scoring honors with Northwestern’s Samantha Kleinsasser. Trask did much of her scoring from the free-throw line, where she was a perfect 10-for-10.
Trask was the Mustangs’ only double figure scorer. Ashlynn Muhl and Leann Osten just missed twin figures with nine points each. Jessica Tietz had eight points and Beaudette and Hanna Blum each had seven. Tietz grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Mustangs to a slight 34-32 advantage on the boards. Aside from her game-high 23 points, Trask also had game-high totals of four assists and three steals.
For the second straight game, Bobbi McMannaman, a senior from Hawarden, scored a three-point basket.
McManaman, a West Sioux alum, also had one in a 74-66 Morningside win over Hastings in their GPAC opener on Nov. 17. She has averaged 4.8 points per game in her Morningside career. Last season she scored 4.1 points off the bench, finishing with an 18 points effort in Morningside’s national tournament loss to Mount Mercy. She made 42-for-113 three-pointers last season, 37.2 percent. Her sophomore year she scored at 7.9 points per game rate off the bench, and had seven double figure scoring contests to lead the bench players. All told she has made 47-of-138 three-pointers in her career, 34.1 percent.
Against Hastings, Trask led the winners with 21 points behind a four-for-six shooting performance from beyond the three-point line. Muhl and Osteen had 14 points each and Tietz had 10 tallies.
Morningside had a 2-0 record in the GPAC.
Mackenzie Small, a junior from Hinton who has relatives in Akron, scored eight points in her biggest scoring game this season for the Red Raiders in the loss to Morningside. She also had three rebounds and one steal.
Northwestern had a 5-3 overall record and 1-2 in the GPAC. De Jong had 15 points and a team-high eight rebounds against the Mustangs. Alli Dunkelberger had eight for the Red Raiders.
Morningside led 39-26 at halftime. The lead switched hands several times in the second half and was not larger than three points during the final 10 minutes.
Northwestern resumed conference play at Mount Marty in Yankton, S.D., at 6:00 p.m., on Nov. 28.
Morningside will host No. 1- ranked Concordia in a GPAC game at 2:00 p.m. Dec. 1. Morningside will host William Penn in a non-conference game at 6:00 p.m., Dec. 3.
Morningside crushes St. Ambrose
Morningside improved to a 6-0 record to start the season as the Mustangs crushed St. Ambrose, 84-56, on Nov. 24.
Morningside Head Coach Jamie Sale said he was pleased with the progress of his team.
“We’re improving every game. Last year it took us to the ninth game to win our sixth. Defensively we played well. I was worried about a let-up after two conference games on the road, This is the deepest team we’ve had here, I’m confident in all 16 players,” said Sale.
Morningside led 40-22 at halftime on a good day to be a Mustang as the football team had just made the NAIA National Football Series semifinals.
Muhl led the Mustangs with 18 points. Jordyn Wollenburg and Randi Ebert had nine points each and Jessica Tietz added eight.
McManaman had one assist and two rebounds.