ORANGE CITY, IOWA – A difficult second 20 minutes of field goal shooting proved to be the difference in Great Plains Athletic Conference action Saturday, Feb. 20.
After National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ No. 8-ranked Morningside College used a successful 50 percent outing in the first half to lead host Northwestern College by as much as six points, head coach Jim Sykes‘ squad went ice cold in the second half on the Red Raiders’ home Bultman Center floor. Dipping to 20-4 overall and 16-4 in the conference, the Maroon converted on only nine-of-34 attempts and went zero-for-12 outside the arc. Meanwhile, Northwestern, which has been one of the Great Plains Athletic Conference’s hottest teams of late, went on a 46-28 run to gain an 83-66 victory which was their 10th in a row.
Senior center Trey Brown (SR/Gretna, NE ) (Gretna, Neb.) managed to produce another double-double, going for 18 points and 16 rebounds to go along with two steals, an assist, and a blocked shot. Freshman guard Aidan Vanderloo (FR/Sioux City, IA) (Sioux City, Iowa) tallied 12 points, sophomore guard Will Pottebaum (SO/LeMars, IA) (LeMars, Iowa) added 11 points and three assists, and sophomore guard Trey Powers (SO/Omaha, NE) (Omaha, Neb.) led the bench with 11 points and two assists.
The Mustangs begin 2021 GPAC postseason tournament action Wednesday, Feb. 24. The top seed hosts eighth-seeded Mount Marty University in an 8 p.m. tipoff at Allee Gymnasium in the Rosen-Verdoorn Sports Center.
ORANGE CITY, IOWA – After an 11-day break, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ No. 7-ranked team, Morningside College, took down Northwestern College Saturday, Feb. 20.
The Mustangs’ 73-64 decision enabled head coach Jamie Sale‘s team to conclude its regular season with a 23-2 overall and a 21-1 Great Plains Athletic Conference record.
It was evident early on that Mside would need some perseverance to add another triumph to the already eye-popping string. The Mustangs trailed their hosts 12-8 with 3:26 left in the first quarter but managed to rebound towards their victorious vocations. They ended the frame on an 11-3 run to hold a 19-15. The remainder of the first half was back and forth, with the home side overtaking their guests for a 33-31 halftime edge.
The second half saw Morningside improve their ball-handling after a nine-turnover first 20 minutes. Trailing 38-33 early on, they started clawing back to finish the third period up 51-45, which was an advantage they wouldn’t relinquish.
Sale’s crew finished with a very evenly-distributed scoring output as five players ended in double-figure scoring. Senior guard Sierra Mitchell (SR/Pleasant Hill, Iowa) (Pleasant Hill, Iowa) led them all with 16 points during an afternoon in which she connected on her 400th career three-pointer. Freshman post player Chloe Lofstrom (FR/Armstrong, Iowa) (Armstrong, Iowa) and senior guard Faith Meyer (SR/Pomeroy, Iowa) (Pomeroy, Iowa) contributed 14 points. Junior forward Taylor Rodenburgh (JR/Hawarden, Iowa) (Hawarden, Iowa) resumed her super-sub status, tallying 12 points off the bench. Fellow junior forward Sophia Peppers (JR/Exira, Iowa) (Exira, Iowa) rounded out the double-dippers with 10 points.
Faith Meyer added to her respectable line, finishing with a game-high three steals. The Mustangs out-boarded Northwestern 39-31 as Lofstrom paced the team with eight caroms.
The Mustangs head into league tournament play as the #1 overall seed, hosting the Jimmies from the University of Jamestown in quarterfinal round action Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the Rosen Verdoorn Sports Center’s Allee Gym. Game time is 6 p.m.