DES MOINES, IOWA – Head coach Jamie Sale‘s Morningside College squad received another balanced offensive attack Thursday, Nov. 7.
Just as they had in acquiring a pair of wins at the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference – Great Plains Athletic Conference Nov. 1-2, the Maroon had four players turn in double-digit scoring displays against Heart of America Conference foe Grand View. Senior forward/center Sydney Hupp (SR/O’Neill, NE) (O’Neill, Neb.), continuing a sparkling start to her 2019-20 campaign, ended one rebound short of a third consecutive double-double tallying 17 points and nine rebounds to go with three assists. Sophomore forward Sophia Peppers (SO/Exira, IA) (Exira, Iowa) corralled her third successive double-digit scoring output with 17 points as part of the evening inside GVC’s Sisam Arena where she was also multi-faceted in her performance like Hupp with four rebounds, two steals, and two assists. Senior guard Jordyn Moser (SR/Harlan, IA) (Harlan, Iowa) and freshman guard Olivia Larsen (FR/Fonda, Iowa) (Newell, Iowa) added their names to the double-digit list, as Moser wound up with 12, three assists and a pair of steals, and Larsen, putting her first collegiate 10-points-or-more total on her resume, was tough on the home offense with six steals.
Despite those top-notch numbers, Grand View managed to score 20 of the first 30 points and overturned a seven-point second-quarter deficit to win an 83-81 non-conference thriller. A three-ball at the 3:33 mark by Moser tied the contest at 77-77, but GVC went four-of-six at the charity stripe, and Morningside struggled from the field down the stretch, going three of eight which included a frosty zero-for-five from outside the arc.
The Mustangs (2-1) conclude a season-opening four-game road trip Friday, Nov. 8. They tackle a second straight Heart of America foe when they duel with Graceland University at 6 p.m.