SIOUX CITY, IOWA – Morningside College produced another balanced scoring attack in Great Plains Athletic Conference action Saturday, Feb. 1.
However, a quartet of Mustangs winding up in double figures couldn’t hold back a high-voltage Briar Cliff University shooting performance at BCU’s Newman Flanagan Center. The Chargers seemingly had answers to every Maroon comeback and stopped a school-record-tying 23-game win streak with a 94-83 decision that sent the No. 1-ranked National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ Division II team to its first overall and league loss.
BCU hit better than 55 percent from the field and 50 percent from beyond the arc to end a four-game Morningside win streak in the series. Senior guard Alex Borchers (SR/South Sioux City, NE ) (South Sioux City, Neb.) and senior center Tyler Borchers (SR/Le Mars, IA ) (LeMars, Iowa) did their level best to keep the visitors unbeaten, scoring 23 points apiece, as Alex also added eight rebounds and five assists and Tyler adding another double-double to his already remarkable collegiate resume (12 rebounds) to go along with four assists and two steals. Junior forward Zach Imig (JR/Gretna, NE ) (Gretna, Neb.) wound up with 13 points, five assists, and five rebounds, and senior forward Ben Hoskins (SR/Wayne, NE ) (Wayne, Neb.) nailed four three-pointers for 12 points.
Morningside returns home to Allee Gymnasium in the Rosen-Verdoorn Sports Center Wednesday, Feb. 5. Game time versus Midland University is 8 p.m.
SIOUX CITY, IOWA – Rebounding from a slow start, No. 7-ranked National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ Morningside College turned to its patented pressure defense Saturday, Feb. 1.
The Mustangs trailed crosstown Great Plains Athletic Conference rival Briar Cliff University 27-22 after one period. A 15-0 run over the first five and a half minutes of the second stanza gave head coach Jamie Sale‘s squad a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Mside, improving to 19-6 overall and 13-4 in the conference, kept building on their advantage at BCU’s Newman Flanagan Center, holding as large as a 29-point cushion before a late Chargers’ run set the final at 91-72.
Junior guard Sierra Mitchell (JR/Pleasant Hill, IA) (Pleasant Hill, Iowa) led the offensive firepower. Draining six of the Maroon’s 13 successful three-point attempts, she ran her streak of games with multiple makes to 22 in a row as part of a 20-point afternoon. Her output also moved her into 14th on the program’s all-time scoring list. Joining Mitchell in double figures were senior forward/center Sydney Hupp (SR/O’Neill, NE) (O’Neill, Neb.) (11 points, five rebounds, and two blocked shots), junior guard Tayte Hansen (JR/York, NE) (York, Neb.) canned four treys herself as part of a 16-point afternoon off the bench, and sophomore forward Taylor Rodenburgh (SO/Hawarden, IA) (Hawarden, Iowa) finished with 10 points and seven rebounds.
Morningside, staying a game in front of Dordt University for third on the loop standings, returns home to take on Midland University Wednesday, Feb. 5. Game time is 6 p.m. at Allee Gymnasium and the Rosen-Verdoorn Sports Center.