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Young Morningside squad seeks NAIA title

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After going 31-5 last season, the Morningside women return 10 letter winners but just two starters. After going 31-5 last season, the Morningside women return 10 letter winners but just two starters.

The Morningside women are the co-favorites to win the GPAC women's basketball title again. The Mustangs were 31-5 last season and won the conference regular season and postseason titles.

The Mustangs return 10 letter winners but only two starters, guard LeAnn Osten and forward Ashlyn Muhl. Three freshman point guards will run the show, including Lexi Ackerman of Central Lyon and MaKayla Augustine of Heelan.

Morningside has made 11 straight appearances in the national tournament. The veterans and the newcomers know what to expect.

"A lot of the high school kids any more play so much AAU ball that they play more than freshman did even five or six years ago," said Morningside head coach Jamie Sale. "They're all pretty smart players and have picked things up. It's just a matter of learning their teammates and figuring out how to play in our system."

"We embrace it more than we let it weigh on us," said senior LeAnn Osten. "It's definitely a tradition here to do good and have high expectations. We like living up to that and having that challenge."

Morningside will open the season at the Ashford Classic on Friday in Clinton, Iowa.

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