Fourth-ranked Morningside fell two games off the pace of No. 2 Concordia in the GPAC women's basketball race when the Mustangs dropped a 78-66 verdict against the Bulldogs on Saturday in Seward, Neb.
The loss dropped the Mustangs' record to 16-4 overall and 8-3 in the GPAC, while Concordia climbed to 17-1 overall and 10-1 in the league.
The Mustangs, who were tied with Concordia for first place in the league standings at the start of the week, dropped their second game in a row after they were upset 77-68 on their home court against unranked Mount Marty on Wednesday. With Saturday's loss, the Mustangs now face a near must-win situation against three-time defending NAIA Division II National Champion Northwestern next Wednesday in the Rosen Verdoorn Sports Center in order to stay in the league title race.
Concordia led for most of the game and outscored the Mustangs 14-4 down the stretch after the Mustangs had closed within two points, 64-62, when Shelby Beaudette made a 3-pointer with 3:45 left in the game.
Morningside lost the turnover battle 20-13 and was out rebounded 42-39, but what hurt the Mustangs the most was a 10-for-21 shooting performance from the free-throw line.
Bailey Morris came off the bench to lead Concordia with a game-high 27 points behind a sizzling six-for-eight shooting performance from beyond the 3-point arc.
Ashlynn Muhl was the Mustangs' top performer with 15 points and a game-high eight rebounds. She was joined in double figures by Leann Osten with 13 points, Bobbi McManaman with 12, and Chelsie Trask with 11. McManaman gave the Mustangs' offense a spark off the bench with her 12-point effort that featured a four-for-five shooting performance from the 3-point arc.
Jessica Tietz was next on the Mustangs' scoring chart with six points to go along with seven rebounds.
Trask, Beaudette, and Osten each dealt four assists.
Morningside will host Northwestern on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 6 p.m. The Mustangs have won each of their last four games against the Red Raiders, including a 72-70 triumph in Orange City, Iowa, earlier this season.
Courtesy: Morningside Media Relations
Sioux Center, IA - The Dordt College Defender women dropped a 76-65 result to the Midland Warriors in GPAC play this afternoon (January 12, 2013)to fall to 5-6 in the conference and 11-10 overall while Midland improves to 8-12 and 2-8 in GPAC play.
Leading the Defenders in scoring was Elise Maresh who finished the afternoon with 19 points on seven of thirteen from the floor and five of six from the free throw line. Briana Prank picked up 17 points making seven of fourteen attempts from the floor and three of four from the charity stripe while Jamie Kook added ten on four of ten from the field and one of two from the line. Kara Van Dyke grabbed a team high six boards with just two points in limited action due to foul trouble.
The Warriors' Joel le Anderson matched Maresh with 19 points on five of twelve from the floor and a perfect seven of seven from the line while also grabbing nice boards. Mammilla Johnson had 16 points on five of nine from the floor.
Courtesy: Dordt Media Relations
Sioux Center, IA - The Dordt College Defender men's basketball team rallied from a nine point second half deficit to hold off
Midland's upset bid, topping the Warriors 78-69.
The 10th ranked Defenders trailed by four at half time.
Jordan Vogel led Dordt with 15 points and Trevor Wolterstorff notched a double-double, scoring 11 points and snagging 14 boards.
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