by Steve Peterson
Bobbi McManaman is making contributions in her senior season as a Morningside College Mustang.
McManaman hit double figures for scoring for the second time this season when she scored 15 points, a game high, to lead the way for the 13-2 record Mustangs on five of nine three-point field goal shooting in Morningside’s 73-54 win in the Morningside Holiday Classic women’s basketball tournament on Dec. 28.
McManaman is a West Sioux alum. from Hawarden.
The Mustangs, ranked third in the nation in the NAIA Division II, made 15-of-32 three-point field goal attempts for 46.9 shooting percentage.
Leeann Osten and Ashlynn Muhl provided double figure scoring support with 12 and 11 points, respectively, and Hanna Blum just missed twin figures with nine points. The 12 points by Osteen were just two off her season’s high.
The Mustangs’ three-point shooting prowess was on prominent display in the first half when they made 10 of their treys to take a 42-28 lead into halftime. McManaman made all five of her three-pointers in the first half. The last of her three-pointers gave the Mustangs a 21-point advantage, 42-21 with 1:57 left in the half for their largest lead of the game.
McManaman had an 18-point effort in a win against Nebraska Wesleyan. She scored 12 points against Saint Xavier at a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., tournament game on Dec. 18. She did all of her scoring from long range with four three-point field goals in 10 attempts. She scored seven points the next day against St. Thomas. The Mustangs won that contest 80-69, handing St. Thomas its first loss of the season. Morningside led 41-19 by halftime on 54.8 percent shooting. Chelsie Trask led the Mustangs with 20 points for her sixth scoring performance of 20 points or more this season. Morningside lost to No. 12-ranked St. Xavier, 76-65, in their first game in Florida. Trask finished with a game-high 21 points, and McManaman was 4-of-10 three-point field goal attempts.
This season’s totals for McManaman showed she is averaging 4.9 points per game and has made 20-of-59 three-point field goal attempts for 33.9 percent for the second highest three-point field goal total of the team. In the last five games, before Friday’s 15 points, she has averaged 10.2 points per game and made 14-of-29 three-point field goal attempts for 48.3 percent.
Prior seasons for
McManaman scored at a 4.1-point per game clip last season. She was the Mustangs’ most accurate three-point shooter with 42 treys in 113 attempts for 37.2 percent, concluding her season with an 18 points effort against Mount Mercy in the NAIA II National Tournament. She shot 42.6 percent on 29-of-68 three-point shots.
McManaman was the top scorer and rebounder off the Mustangs’ bench with averages of 7.9 pints and 3.0 rebounds per game during her sophomore season. She led the team with seven double figure games off the bench. She made 47-of-138 three-point field goal attempts for 34.1 percent.
She averaged 3.0 points per game off the Mustangs’ bench as a freshman and made 20-of-57 three-pointers for 35.1 percent. She scored a season’s high 11 points against the College of the Ozarks and had nine points against Kansas Wesleyan University in the Mustangs’ two contests, a 1-1 record, at the NAIA Division II National Tournament.
Prior to Dec. 28, McManaman had made 129-of-367 three-point field goal attempts for 35.1 percent en route to a 5.0-point scoring average.
As a Lady Falcon, she made 71 three-point field goals in 174 attempts for 40.8 percent. Her 71 three-pointers were the second most in the state. She averaged 18.3 points per game and 3.7 rebounds per contest as a senior.
Recent Mustangs’ games this season
Morningside beat Avila University 100-41 in its second game of the Morningside Holiday Classic, on Dec. 29. There were no scoring statistics for McManaman.
Morningside returned to Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) play on Jan. 2 and beat Nebraska Wesleyan, 65-50, on the road. McManaman did not have any scoring totals that game.
Morningside had a 7-1 GPAC record, 15-2 overall, prior to a Jan. 5 game against city rival Briar Cliff in the CNOS Foundation Classic.