YANKTON, S.D. – Morningside College rebounded from a tough-luck midweek loss behind a critical advantage at the charity stripe Saturday, Jan 30.
Head coach Jim Sykes‘ Mustangs, improving to 18-3 overall and 14-3 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference, had to stave off a determined approach from the host Mount Marty University Lancers. Trying to defend their home court at Laddie Cimpl Arena, MMU stayed as close as four down the stretch. However, the tide was ultimately turned for a 78-71 victory behind a nine-of-14 outing at the free-throw line in the last 1:54 that was part of an immense 23-of-36 effort for the game.
The Maroon was matched step-for-step at virtually every turn by their hosts. Mount Marty broke out to a 22-16 lead before the visitors used a 21-5 roll to build a 39-30 halftime lead. The Lancers continued to stay close throughout the second 20 minutes until the final moments.
Senior guard Zach Imig (SR/Gretna, NE ) (Gretna. Neb.) guided the scoring chart. He finished with 19 points to go along with eight rebounds and five assists. Fellow senior Trey Brown (SR/Gretna, NE ) (Gretna, Neb.) proved a challenging task in the paint, posting a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. A pair of underclassmen, freshmen guards Joey Skoff (FR/Bellevue, Neb.) (Bellevue, Neb.) and Aidan Vanderloo (FR/Sioux City, IA) (Sioux City, Iowa), added their names to the double-figure list, as Vanderloo ended with 14 points, and Skoff tallied 10 points.
Morningside, continuing to hold a one-game conference lead over second-place Dakota Wesleyan University, moves into a pivotal rematch with the Tigers Wednesday, Feb 3. Game time is 8 p.m. at the World’s Only and Famous Corn Palace in Mitchell, S.D.
YANKTON, S.D. – Saturday, Jan 30, is a day the 2020-21 Morningside College women’s basketball squad isn’t likely to forget any time too soon.
Behind a school-record-tying 45-point outing from senior guard Sierra Mitchell (SR/Pleasant Hill, Iowa) (Pleasant Hill, Iowa), which included her becoming the all-time leader in career treys (388), head coach Jamie Sale‘s team locked up at least a tie for the Great Plains Athletic Conference regular-season championship and the top seed in the postseason tournament, rolling past Mount Marty University 86-65. Mitchell’s excellent weekend appearance at MMU’s Laddie Cimpl Arena didn’t stop there, either.
She also moved into fifth on the all-time scoring list (1,827 points). Beyond that, the senior standout tied the most three-pointers attempted (20), tied for the second-most three-pointers made (nine), tried the third-most field goals (28), and tied for the third-most field goals converted (15). A dizzying stat line that also featured five steals, four rebounds, and three assists.
Mitchell wasn’t the only Mustangs’ player making noise. Junior forward Sophia Peppers (JR/Exira, Iowa) (Exira, Iowa) contributed a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds. Simultaneously, freshman post player Chloe Lofstrom (FR/Armstrong, Iowa) (Armstrong, Iowa) turned in a perfect field goal afternoon, going five-for-five for 10 points.
Mside, extending its win streak to 13 in a row to go to 19-2 overall and 17-1 in the GPAC, opened the game on a 23-8 run and didn’t look back. The Maroon built their advantage to as large as 34.
Morningside continues a two-game road swing Wednesday, Feb 3. They travel to the World’s Only and Famous Corn Palace for a 6 p.m. contest against Dakota Wesleyan University.