FREMONT, NEB. – A 25-6 run that occurred during the midway point of the first half helped send Morningside College to a Great Plains Athletic Conference road win Wednesday, Dec. 4.
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ No. 2-ranked Mustangs enabled the key stretch by shooting a blazing 68.9 percent from the field over the opening 20 minutes at Midland University’s Wikert Events Center. After a back-and-forth first five-minutes plus, head coach Jim Sykes‘ squad pushed a 14-13 edge out to 39-19 and didn’t look back.
Mside, improving to 9-0 overall and 4-0 in the league, finished off a 92-66 victory with five players totaling double figures. Three tied for the points lead, as senior guard Alex Borchers (SR/South Sioux City, NE ) (South Sioux City, Neb.), junior guard Zach Imig (JR/Gretna, NE ) (Gretna, Neb.), and junior center Trey Brown (JR/Gretna, NE ) (Gretna, Neb.) each tallied 14. Brown’s play off the bench was especially eye-popping, as he wound up two rebounds shy of a double-double and added three assists and two blocked shots. Senior forward Ben Hoskins (SR/Wayne, NE ) (Wayne, Neb.) and freshman guard Will Pottebaum (FR/LeMars, IA) (LeMars, Iowa) rounded out the double-digit individuals, as Hoskins was red-hot from outside the arc, hitting four of five attempts, for 12 points, and Pottebaum ended with 11 points.
The Mustangs return home to Allee Gymnasium in the Rosen-Verdoorn Sports Center on Saturday, Dec. 7. It’s a crosstown league showdown against Briar Cliff University with a 6 p.m. tip-off.
FREMONT, Neb. – A slow start doomed the Midland University women’s basketball team in a Great Plains Athletic Conference matchup against No. 8 Morningside College on Wednesday night. The Warriors fell behind 30-12 in the first quarter and were unable to mount a comeback in an eventual 89-66 loss.
Midland falls to 4-7 on the year with a 1-4 mark in GPAC action while Morningside improves to 7-2 overall and 4-1 in the conference.
The Warriors shot 35.7 percent (20-of-56) from the field compared to 56.3 percent (36-of-64) for the Mustangs. Morningside was able to take advantage of Midland miscues and collected 26 points off turnovers compared to 11 for the Warriors. Morningside outrebounded Midland 38-23, but Midland showed promise from the charity stripe after sinking 17-of-22 free throws.
Offensively the Warriors were led by junior Katy Gathje and freshman Emma Shepard who contributed 14 and 12 points, respectively. Gathje led all players with 11 rebounds and was 8-of-9 in free throws. Freshman Lexi Kraft had seven points and tied for a team-high with three assists.
Two free throws from Gathje saw the Warriors trailing 7-5 two minutes into the first quarter, but a 15-2 run would give Morningside a 22-7 lead with 4:23 remaining. Freshman Erin Prusa would contribute a free throw but the Mustangs would enjoy an eight point run over the next two minutes of play. Senior Maddie Meadows would hit a three pointer to end the first quarter as Midland trailed 30-12.
Roles reversed in the second quarter as the teams traded points early before a three from senior Amanda Hansen had Midland behind 32-14 with 8:47 on the clock. Midland would go on an 11-point run, which saw four players contributing points, to cut the lead to 34-25 with just over five minutes to go. Freshman Emma Shepard took over for the Warriors and was 3-of-3 from beyond the arc over the course of two minutes to pull within four as Morningside held a narrow 38-34 lead. The Mustangs would score the final four points of the half and carried a 42-34 lead into the break.
Morningside jumped out to a 50-34 lead in the third quarter after an 8-0 run. The Mustangs would build on the lead before a 7-2 run for the Warriors brought the score to 59-46 with two minutes to go. Late turnovers aided both sides as a layup from sophomore Sam Shepard and a jumper from sophomore Peyton Wingert had Midland trailing 65-50 heading into the final quarter.
The Warriors would respond to each blow from the Mustangs early in the fourth quarter, but untimely fouls and turnovers saw the Morningside lead grow to 79-55 with 5:37 to go. Gathje would stop the bleeding after a layup, and a free throw from Emma Shepard had Midland behind 79-58 with under five minutes remaining. The lead proved to be too much as Midland fell by a final score of 89-66.
Midland (4-7, 1-4 GPAC) hits the road to face another ranked conference foe in No. 5 Dordt University on Saturday, December 7. Game time is slated for 2:00 p.m. in Sioux Center, Iowa.