Morningside's women won their opener at the NAIA national basketball championships on Thursday.
The Morningside Mustang women closed the first half on a strong note, taking a 35-18 lead in to the break and never looked back en route to the 83-52 victory. In all, 13 different players scored for the Mustangs who were led by 17 points from Ashlynn Muhl. Muhl finished with a double double, pulling down 10 rebounds as well.
Morningside (28-6) will take on either Friends (Kan.) (25-7) or College of Saint Mary (Neb.) (26-5) at 8:45 p.m. on Friday, March 14.
The day started and ended with GPAC teams in action on the second day of the 2014 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Championship at the Keeter Gymnasium on the campus of College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo., as Morningside played in the first game of the day and Dordt in the last game.
Early on the Mustangs, who entered the tournament as the 12-seed, looked to be in control. However, Oklahoma Wesleyan overcame an early 13-point deficit (19-6), using the three-point shot to get back in it, knocking down 14 three-point field goals in the contest. Kyle Nikkel led the way for Morningside with 20 points and seven boards before fouling out with two minutes left. Danny Rudeen chipped in 17 points for the Mustangs, who finish the season with a 25-9 record.
Dordt was scheduled to wrap up first round play with a 9:15 p.m. contest against William Penn (Iowa). Play was running behind in Branson, and the anticipated tip for that game was 10:10 p.m. Check the GPAC website for results of the Dordt contest.
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