SIOUX CITY, IOWA – An impressive starting line-up scoring output helped National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ No. 9-ranked Morningside College wrap up an unbeaten week Saturday, Feb. 6.
Celebrating Senior Day 2021 in a big way in front of a happy crowd inside Allee Gymnasium of the Rosen-Verdoorn Sports Center, head coach Jim Sykes‘ program reached the 20-win mark for a fifth straight season by defeating the visiting Doane University Tigers 95-71. The win moved the Maroon’s record to 16-3 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference, which guaranteed them at least a share of the school’s fourth successive regular-season title.
The visitors didn’t make things easier on their hosts, especially over the first 20 minutes. It was not smooth sailing for the Mustangs, however. A late stanza 12-2 Doane run lifted them into a 39-36 lead before the two sides traded baskets to end the half at 41-41.
Mside got into its rhythm on offense in the second half. A 28-5 run in the first eight minutes kicked the door open, and the Mustangs were on their way to a 10th win in their last 11 outings.
A season-high 22 points from senior guard Zach Imig (SR/Gretna, NE ) (Gretna, Neb.) led the way. He completed a double-double with ten assists to add to eight rebounds and two steals. Sophomore guard Will Pottebaum (SO/LeMars, IA) (LeMars, Iowa) contributed 18 points, four rebounds, and four assists. Freshman guard Aidan Vanderloo (FR/Sioux City, IA) (Sioux City, Iowa) went six for nine from the field and finished with 14 points. Senior center Trey Brown (SR/Gretna, NE ) (Gretna, Neb.) finished with his 11th double-double in 12 games by adding 10 points and 15 rebounds.
The Mustangs shot 53.7% from the field and 38.7% from three-point range. Morningside also cut down on recent turnover woes, finishing the game with nine, which was their first single-digit outing since Dec. 9 against Briar Cliff to end a string of 12 straight double-digit giveaway games.
Sykes’ squad is on a two-week hiatus before heading on the road to Orange City Saturday, Feb. 20, for a regular-season finale against Northwestern College.
SIOUX CITY, IOWA – Morningside College drained nine three-point baskets and shot better than 48 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes to overwhelm visiting Doane University Saturday, Feb. 6.
Head coach Jamie Sale‘s Mustangs, improving to 21-2 overall and 19-1 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference, backed up their recent No. 9 ranking on the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ poll. They thrilled a home crowd inside Allee Gymnasium of the Rosen-Verdoorn Sports Center by scoring 23 of the first 28 points and building a 46-18 halftime lead to help highlight Senior Day 2021 festivities.
Senior guard Tayte Hansen (SR/York, Neb.) (York, Neb.), one of four members of the Mustangs’ Class of 2021, had an afternoon to remember. She went five-of-nine from outside the arc en route to 21 points, which sparked the Maroon’s 15th successive win by an 82-55 count. The bench came up big for Morningside, too, with junior forward Taylor Rodenburgh (JR/Hawarden, Iowa) (Hawarden, Iowa) picking up 15 points, and sophomore forward Sadie Roth (SO/Sioux Falls, SD) (Harrisburg, S.D.) wound up with 12 and also corralled six rebounds and blocked a DU shot attempt.
The Mustangs conclude the regular season Tuesday, Feb. 9, hosting the College of Saint Mary. Game time is 6 p.m.