MADISON, S.D. – An 18-0 run in the middle stages of the first half proved to be the key for a Morningside College win Saturday, Dec. 15.
Head coach Jim Sykes’ Mustangs, moving to 12-0 overall with a 19th straight regular-season victory, rolled past Dakota State University out of the North Star Athletic Association 95-60. The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ Division II No. 2-ranked squad produced another balanced points’ attack with four players, three of which added big positives off the bench, in double figures.
Junior forward Matt Hahn (JR/Fremont, NE ) (Fremont, Neb.) guided Morningside with 15 points. Junior guard Pierce Almond (SR/Grand Island, NE ) (Grand Island, Neb.), showing off his long-shot skills, canned four three-pointers in route to 12, while sophomore forward/center Trey Brown (SO/Gretna, NE ) (Gretna, Neb.) added 12 and grabbed five rebounds. Junior forward Ben Hoskins (JR/Wayne, NE ) (Wayne, Neb.) closed out the double-digit parade with 11.
The Mustangs offense enjoyed the DSU Memorial Fieldhouse, hitting to the tune of over 55 percent from the field and better than 51 percent from beyond the arc. Morningside also out-boarded their hosts 28-17 and committed just 11 turnovers in 40 minutes.
Morningside heads to the sunny shores of Hawaii for a pair of contests in the Hoop ‘N Surf Classic Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 19 and 20. They face off against the Concordia University of Michigan each day.
SIOUX CITY, IOWA – Sophomore guard standout Sierra Mitchell (SO/Pleasant Hill, IA) wasn’t having a day to remember Saturday, Dec. 15.
Morningside College’s leading scorer found herself one of 12 from the field and one of six from the beyond the arc on the statistics sheet. However, the Pleasant Hill, Iowa, native made lemonade out of the lemony line, going a vital six-of-six at the charity stripe which included the game-deciding tosses to lift the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ Division II No. 8-ranked team 78-74 in a difficult test from North Star Athletic Association foe Bellevue University of Nebraska.
Head coach Jamie Sale’s squad also received important numbers from their point guard on the assist and steal sections. Mitchell dished out four scoring passes, a team-high, and ended three Bruin offensive possessions, including a huge one with just over 15 seconds left and the Mustangs leading 74-72. She was fouled shortly thereafter setting up her free throw heroics.
Mside’s bench played a crucial part in enabling the team to move to 9-3. Freshman guard Taylor Rodenburgh (FR/Hawarden, IA) (Hawarden, Iowa) tallied 19 which included four three-pointers; sophomore forward Kailey Burke (SO/Hinton, IA) (Hinton, Iowa) added 13; and junior guard Skyler Snider (JR/Kearney, NE) (Kearney, Neb.) finished with 12. Mitchell finished with nine points to go with her three assists, four steals, and four rebounds.
Morningside is back in action Wednesday, Dec. 19, in Honolulu, Hawaii versus John Brown College as part of the Hoop ‘N Surf Classic.