Morningside College posted one of its most impressive women’s basketball victories of the season with a 91-41 blowout triumph against Dordt College in a Great Plains Athletic Conference game in Sioux Center Jan. 23.
Morningside senior Bobbi McManaman was a big part of the huge margin of victory as she came off the bench to score a career-high 21 points. The West Sioux alum made seven of nine field goal attempts, including five-for-seven shooting display from beyond the three point arc. Her previous career high was 18 points.
The Mustangs’ victory came against a surging Defenders team that had won eight of their last 11 games, including a 96-86 double overtime victory against GPAC frontrunner Concordia University Jan. 5 to hand the Bulldogs their first loss of the season and cost them their No. 1 ranking.
The win put the Mustangs’ record at 19-4 and left them one victory shy of a school-record 10th consecutive 20-win season for Head Coach Jamie Sale’s squad. The Mustangs climbed to 11-3 record in the GPAC standings to stay right on the heels of Concordia, which raised its league mark to 12-2 record with a 75-63 win Jan. 23 at Doane College.
Morningside had edged the Defenders 64-62 when McManaman scored 18 points earlier this season, the second time in her career she matched that total.
Morningside led 41-22 at halftime against Dordt last Wednesday. The Mustangs finished strong with a 50-point second half.
Jessica Tietz came off the bench to score 13 points to finish second in team scoring. Ahslynn Muhl led the Mustangs’ starters with 11 points. Hanna Blum had nine and Shelby Beaudette had eight.
Muhl led the Mustangs in rebounds with five, while Blum and Leann Osten were right behind with four each.
Beaudette and Kalene Anderson each dealt a career-high five assists. Osten led all players with six steals.
Morningside shot 50.8 percent from the field, including 14-for-24 from beyond the three-point arc for 58.3 percent.