SIOUX CITY, IOWA – Another Great Plains Athletic Conference rivalry test … another standout defensive effort for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ No. 4-ranked squad.
Head coach Jim Sykes‘ Morningside College Mustangs, withstanding an early barrage of stellar long-range shooting from visiting Northwestern College, kept the Red Raiders more than 26 points below their season average Saturday, Nov. 17, much as they did in a crosstown showdown win over fellow top-10 ranked Briar Cliff University Nov. 14. The Maroon’s 92-72 victory in front a large and loud crowd of appreciative home fans packed inside Allee Gymnasium at the Rosen Verdoorn Sports Center was led by what’s become a theme of balanced points’ charts in which four individuals tallied double figures.
The potent guard combination of sophomore Zach Imig (SO/Gretna, NE ) (Gretna, Neb.) and junior Alex Borchers (JR/South Sioux City, NE ) (South Sioux City, Neb.) turned in a pair of 13-point efforts. Imig’s point total wasn’t the only part of his personal headlines, as he also dished off five assists, dished off three steals and also fought inside for six rebounds. Another perimeter standout, senior Brody Egger (SR/Urbandale, IA) of Urbandale, Iowa, added 11 points and made some program history in the process. He surpassed former standout Eddie Ceasar for the 11thspot on the all-time scoring list (1,313 points) and moved within 36 points of the top 10. Mside’s bench also figured into moving the 2018-19 campaign to a 4-0 overall and 3-0 conference record, as junior forward Ben Hoskins (JR/Wayne, NE ) (Wayne, Neb.) finished with 11 and also passed off three assists.
After Northwestern’s 16-9 run to open the contest, the Mustangs scooted out to an 11-point lead on the heels of scoring 26 of the next 34 points. From that point on, the lead continued to build into the 20s before winding up at its final 21-point difference. The use of the three-point basket and a sizzling overall shooting display sparked the Maroon’s victory, as they hit 14 treys and ended the night converting at a robust 53.2 percent clip from the field.
Morningside continues conference play Tuesday, Nov. 20. Tip-off versus Doane College is 8 p.m. at Allee Gymnasium in the Rosen Verdoorn Sports Center.
SIOUX CITY, IOWA – The Great Plains Athletic Conference has long been known for being the home of women’s basketball powerhouses. That proved true on Nov. 17 as Jamie Sale‘s Mustangs collided with the Red Raiders of Northwestern College, to the tune of a 91-66 loss.
“We didn’t shoot the ball great. We played hard, we just didn’t play well,” described Sale after the game. “They really beat us on the boards, bad, out-rebounding us by 19. You play a team like that and give up that many extra shots, you’re not going to have much success.”
Morningside was led offensively by Jordyn Moser (JR/Harlan, IA) with 14 points and two assists. Sierra Mitchell (SO/Pleasant Hill, IA), who was kept relatively quiet, tallied 11 and Sydney Hupp(JR/O’Neill, NE) chipped in nine. The Mustangs shot 42% from the floor and 68% from the free throw line.
“They really did a good job of taking Sierra away, and so far this year, when she gets taken away, we have a hard time scoring.”
Hupp led the Mustangs in rebounds, with 10 of the team’s 24, putting her just one point shy of a double-double.
On the defensive side of the ball, Morningside collected a pair of blocks, one each from Hupp and Skyler Snider (JR/Kearney, NE). The Mustangs were able to steal the ball 11 times in the contest, led by Mitchell with three and Haleigh Melstad (FR/Vermillion, SD) with two.
Morningside is back in action on Tuesday, Nov. 20, hosting a doubleheader against Doane. The women will tip off at 6:00 in the Rosen-Verdoorn Sports Center.
“A game like this, you really figure out a lot of things that you’re not doing well,” concluded Sale. “We’ll have a lot to work on and that’s all we can do, you know, put this game out of our heads, but learn from it and hope we play better next time.”