SIOUX CITY, IOWA – Three players with double-digit rebounds … two double-doubles … 10 three-pointers … six blocked shots.
Not a bad day’s work for head coach Jim Sykes‘ Morningside College men’s basketball squad Saturday, Jan. 9. Out-boarding the visiting Hastings College Broncos 59-32, with the total tying for second-most in a game in program history, to go along with the blocked shot and long-range shooting success helped send the Mustangs to an 88-69 Great Plains Athletic Conference victory.
Dazzling a happy crowd on its Allee Gymnasium court inside the Rosen-Verdoorn Sports Center, the Maroon scored the first seven points and didn’t look back. The visiting Broncos, draining seven three-pointers of their own, did keep it as close as 11 (49-38) early through the second half before a 21-9 run from the 17:29 to 9:35 marks put the game out of reach.
The Mustangs, moving to 13-2 overall and 9-2 in the conference, were led by a healthy dose of freshman guard Aidan Vanderloo (FR/Sioux City, IA) (Sioux City, Iowa). In his second straight start, Vanderloo tied a single-game personal high with 19 points due to hitting five three-pointers. The Gretna, Neb., senior tandem of center Trey Brown (SR/Gretna, NE ) and guard Zach Imig (SR/Gretna, NE ) each produced double-doubles, as Brown wound up with 12 points, 12 boards, and three blocked shots, and Imig tallied 12 points, ten rebounds, three assists, and five assists. Sophomore guards Will Pottebaum (SO/LeMars, IA) (LeMars, Iowa) and Collin Hill (JR/Jewell, IA) (Jewell, Iowa), the other two starters, also produced impressive afternoons. Pottebaum totaled 10 points and three assists, and Hill was just two points shy of a double-double of his own (eight points, ten rebounds). Morningside’s bench, which contributed 27 points, was led by freshman guard Joey Skoff (FR/Bellevue, Neb.) (Bellevue, Neb.), who posted seven points, four rebounds, and two blocked shots.
Mside received good news on the loop standings, too. Dakota Wesleyan University had its perfect GPAC mark scuttled by Midland University in Fremont, Neb. With the Tigers’ loss, Sykes’ crew pulled within a half-game of first. The Mustangs are back in action Wednesday, Jan. 13, hosting crosstown rival Briar Cliff University.
SIOUX CITY, IOWA – A seventh successive victory kept Morningside College two games in front on the Great Plains Athletic Conference standings Saturday, Jan. 9.
Head coach Jamie Sale‘s squad, moving to 13-2 overall and 11-1 in the league, used a 21-8 run over the final 7:42 of the first half to shake off a pesky Hastings College side early on. The Broncos kept it close throughout the first period and trailed by only five until the big second quarter push by the home team. The Maroon kept building the lead at each turn in the second half en route to an 86-50 triumph.
Junior forward Taylor Rodenburgh (JR/Hawarden, Iowa) (Hawarden, Iowa) headlined the individual efforts. She blistered the nets at a meteoric 66.7 percent rate which included hitting on three-of-six three-point attempts. Her single-game career-high 25-point afternoon was only part of the story. Rodenburgh was also a tough customer on the boards, compiling 13, also a single-game personal best, for a double-double and dished out two assists and picked up a steal. She was one of four players to finish in double-digits scoring-wise, joining senior guard Sierra Mitchell (SR/Pleasant Hill, Iowa) (Pleasant Hill, Iowa) (14 points, five steals, and three assists); junior forward Sophia Peppers (JR/Exira, Iowa) (Exira, Iowa) (12 points, three steals, three assists and a blocked shot); and freshman post player Chloe Lofstrom (FR/Armstrong, Iowa) (Armstrong, Iowa) (10 points, four rebounds).
Morningside shot 47.8% from the field and 35.5% from three-point range while putting up 80+ points for the seventh time this season. The Mustang defense came to play as well, as it was the third game in a row for them to hold an opponent to 50 or fewer. It was third straight contest, too, in which they forced their opponents to commit 25 or more turnovers, as Hastings surrendered 27.
Mside’s road moves to a rugged section of its schedule beginning Wednesday, Jan. 13. They welcome in Briar Cliff University, the GPAC’s second-place program.