By Steve Peterson
Bobbi McManaman, a senior from Hawarden, finished as the leading three-point field goal shooter for Morningside College in the 2012-2013 season.
McManaman finished 80-of-201 from behind the three-point arc, 0.398 percent. McManaman edged classmate Chelsie Trask’s 76-of-191 three-point shots, also 0.398 percent.
The Mustangs’ season came to an end in the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Tournament semifinals with a 65-64 loss to eventual champion Indiana Wesleyan March 11.
The Mustangs ended with a 31-5 overall record, a Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) regular season and post-season tournament championships and the 400th career coaching win for Head Coach Jamie Sale.
McManaman finished with 281 total points, 7.8 points per game average. Of her 96 field goals, she was 16-of-34 for two point shots. She made 9-of-15 free throws, 60 percent. McManaman had 70 rebounds, 1.9 rebounds per game average, 28 assists and 23 steals. She was fourth on the team with her 235 all field goal attempts. McManaman finished tied for third in three-point field goal percentage, .0409.
In GPAC games, McManaman had 56-of-125 all field goals, 0.448 percent; 48 of 112 three-point attempts, 0.429 percent, 3-of-5 free throw attempts, 163 points for an 8.2 points per game average. McManaman, a 5-8 guard, was named to the Honorable Mention All-GPAC list.
McManaman averaged 15 minutes per contest and played in all 36 games.
At the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Tournament, McManaman scored a team-shared best scoring total of 12 points against Webber, five points against College of Idaho in a 69-47 win, 12 points against Bethel College in a 71-60 quarterfinals win and led the team with 19 points in the closing-season loss to Indiana Wesleyan.
Morningside averaged 76.2 points per game as a team and gave up 59.9 points per game average.
Muhl on All-NAIA Team
Ashlynn Muhl, a 6-0 sophomore forward from Minneota, Minn., was named to the all-tournament First Team at the 2013 NAIA Women’s Basketball National Tournament held March 6 – 12 at Sioux City’s Tyson Events Center/ Gateway Arena.
Muhl averaged 12.7 points and 10.0 rebounds per game and made 11-of-25 field goal attempts for 44.0 percent and 16-of-21 free throw attempts for 76.2 percent for three national tournament contests.
Muhl, who sat out the Mustangs’ opening round 92-43 victory against Webber International University, was Morningside’s leading rebounder in its second, quarterfinal and semifinal roud contests.
Muhl had 16 points and nine rebounds in Morningside’s 69-47 second round victory against College of Idaho, 11 points and eight rebounds in a 71-60 triumph against Behel College in the quarterfinals. She had 11 points and a game-high 13 rebounds in a 65-64 semifinal round loss against eventual champion Indiana Wesleyan in the semifinals. Muhl finished the season with 402 points, 11.5 points per game average and a team-best 259 rebounds.
Indiana Wesleyan of Fort Wayne, Ind., beat Davenport University (Grand Rapids, Mich.). 61-43 for the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Tournament championship, the second national tournament title for the Fort Wayne, Ind. school, whivh beat College of the Ozarks, 48-34 in 2007.