Third-ranked Morningside College used a sizzling shooting performance to trounce Midland University 77-53 on Dec. 15 in a Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) women’s basketball contest in Sioux City.
The Mustangs shot 53.7 percent from the field, including a 10-for-20 showing from three-point range and improved their record to 11-1. The Mustangs improved to 6-1 record in the GPAC and took over second place in the league standings after Briar Cliff dropped from second to third place after the Chargers were defeated 91-74 at Dordt College on Dec. 15. No. 1-ranked Concordia University leads the GPAC with a 6-0 league record.
Lacey Lehmann was inserted into the Mustangs’ starting lineup for the first time this season and responded with game-high totals of 14 points, four blocked shots and three steals. The four blocked shots were the Mustangs’ highest individual total of the season. Thirteen of her points came in the second half when the Mustangs broke the game open. Her final shooting line was six field goals in eight attempts.
Shelby Beaudette was next on the Mustangs’ scoring list with a season’s high 13 pints while coming off the bench. Chelsie Trask also scored in double figures with 11 points while dealing a game and season’s high eight assists.
Ashlynn Muhl just missed double figures with nine points.
Bobbi McManaman, a senior from Hawarden, contributed eight points. McManaman, coming off an 18-point effort in a win over Dordt College, 64-62, is an alum of West Sioux High School. Against Midland, McManaman made 3-of-5 all field goal attempts, including 2-of-4 three-point field goal attempts, had two rebounds and one assist.
Jessica Tietz came off the bench to lead the Mustangs with seven rebounds but it wasn’t enough to prevent a 35-34 Midland advantage in the team count.
Morningside threatened to turn the game into an early rout when the Mustangs went on a 17-4 scoring run to start the contest. Midland closed within four points at 25-21 and went into halftime down only 37-29.
The Mustangs led by double figures for most of the second half. Their largest lead was 25 points, 77-52, late in the second half when Allison Bachmann made a free throw with 1:43 left in the game.
Morningside will be in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., for games against Saint Xavier on Dec. 18 and St. Thomas University on Dec. 19.
Morningside Holiday Classic and future games
Morningside will battle Friends University at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 28 and Avila University at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 29 at the Rosen Verndoorn Sports Center on the Morningside campus. A great chance for fans looking for some basketball to watch over high school’s Christmas break.
Morningside is at Nebraska Wesleyan in GPAC play at 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 2 in Lincoln, Neb. Morningside and Briar Cliff clash at the Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena in Sioux City at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 5.