Past Seasons, School Records & Honors
2015 National Championship Run
Ackerman free throws lift Mustangs to national title
Lexi Ackerman made two free throws with two seconds left to lift No. 1-ranked Morningside to a 59-57 victory against No. 3 Concordia in the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship Game on March 17 in Sioux City’s Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena.
The victory enabled the Mustangs to avenge their only setback in a 37-1 season after they had lost 80-72 against the same Bulldogs in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Tournament Championship Game exactly two weeks earlier on March 3.
Concordia finished with a record of 35-3, with all three losses coming against Morningside.
Morningside won its fourth NAIA II National Championship during the Jamie Sale coaching era, joining its previous title teams of 2004, 2005, and 2009.
The Mustangs had to overcome adversity to win their latest title, as they marched through the tournament field with five victories while playing without their most decorated player, three-time first-team All-GPAC forward Ashlynn Muhl, who underwent season-ending surgery one day before the tournament began.
Muhl’s understudy, junior forward Jessica Tietz, stepped up admirably and was named the tournament’s MVP after she led the Mustangs with 17 points and a career-high 12 rebounds in the title game for her second double-double of the tournament. Ackerman joined her in double figures with 14 points, followed by Allison Bachman with seven tallies and Taylor Bahensky and Mallorie Moore, each with six. Bachman, a spark off the Mustangs' bench throughout the tournament, was named to the all-tournament second team.
Jordyn Wollenburg, recipient of the tournament’s Hustle Award, grabbed 12 rebounds to share game honors with Tietz and help lead the Mustangs to a 47-40 advantage on the boards. Mandy Osborne also played a significant role in the Mustangs' rebounding prowess with nine caroms off the bench.
Tracy Peitz led Concordia with 15 points, followed by Bailey Morris with 14 and Kelsey Hizer with 10. Morris, the NAIA Division II National Player of the Year, added a game-high eight assists. Becky Mueller led the Bulldogs on the boards with 10 rebounds, while the senior Hizer had nine caroms to finish one board shy of a double-double in her collegiate finale.
The Mustangs shot just 29.0 percent for the game, but offset their cold shooting with a favorable 20-9 differential in the turnover count.
Morningside trailed by seven points, 38-31, early in the second half and was down by four points, 57-53, with just 1:56 left to play after the Bulldogs’ Jericca Pearson scored off an offensive rebound.
The Mustangs closed within 57-56 when Tietz turned an offensive rebound into a conventional 3-point play with 1:27 left, and then tied the score at 57-57 when Tietz made one of two free throws with 55.8 seconds left.
The Mustangs’ defensive play, which kept them in the game all night while their shooters struggled, came up with a huge stop when the shot clock ran out on Concordia.
That set the stage for Ackerman, who was fouled with two seconds left on a drive to the basket and then made both free throws to account for the closest winning margin in NAIA II Championship Game history.
The Mustangs had led for only three minutes prior to the final score. Morningside took its first lead of the night at 42-41 when Ackerman made a pair of free throws with 12:17 left and held the lead until Peitz scored off an offensive rebound to put Concordia back in front 45-44 with 9:16 left.
Morningside never led in the first half and trailed by as many as 12 points after a steal and layup by Peitz put the Bulldogs up 26-14 with 5:26 left in the half. Morningside, which misfired on 17 of its first 22 shots of the game, staged a mini 10-4 scoring run at the end of the half to close within 30-24 at the intermission.
Peitz and Hizer each had eight points to lead Concordia at the break. Morris, a two-time GPAC Player of the Year and the Bulldogs’ all-time leading scorer with 2054 career points, had only five points in the first half, but dazzled as a playmaker with eight assists, including assists on seven of her team’s first 10 baskets of the game.
Tietz was the Mustangs’ first half standout with nine points and 10 rebounds, while Moore, who saw only limited minutes during the regular season, came up big off the bench with six points and a pair of steals.
Mustangs advance to national title game
No. 1-ranked Morningside advanced to the NAIA Division II National Championship game after it defeated No. 12 Hastings 66-63 on March 16 in the semifinals of the NAIA II Women’s Basketball National Tournament in Sioux City’s Tyson Events Center/ Gateway Arena.
The Mustangs improved their record to 36-1 record entering the title game against third-ranked Concordia in an All-GPAC final.
Hastings bowed out with a record of 25-9.
The Mustangs prevailed in a marquee semifinal featuring two teams that had combined to win six of the last 13 NAIA Division II National Championships, including a run of five in a row from 2002-06. Morningside won NAIA II titles in 2004, 2005, and 2009.
Morningside thumped Hastings by margins of 73-47 and 60-46 during the regular season GPAC slate. The third meeting was close almost all the way.
Hastings, which had won 12 of its last 13 games, took a 29-28 lead into the intermission. The Broncos held their largest lead of the game, 35-30, with 18:16 left to play before the Mustangs went on a furious 25-4 scoring run to take the lead for good. Lexi Ackerman capped the run when she made a 3-pointer from the top of the key to give the Mustangs their largest lead of the night at 16 points, 55-39, with 6:01 left to play. That gave Morningside enough of a cushion to survive a 24-11 Bronco scoring run the rest of the way.
Jessica Tietz led the Mustangs with 16 points and nine rebounds. She received double figure scoring support from Taylor Bahensky with 14 points and Ackerman with 11, while the Mustang bench contributed mightily with eight points from Allison Bachman and six points and nine rebounds from Mandy Osborne.
Jamie Van Kirk, largely ineffective in the teams’ two regular season meetings, carried the Hastings offense with 27 points behind an 11-for-21 shooting performance. Halley Samuelson joined her in double figures with 10 points, while Michaela Barry contributed eight points off the bench.
Van Kirk, the Broncos’ leading scorer with a 19.2-point average, had scored a combined 18 points and made only seven of 24 field goal attempts in the two regular season meetings.
Hastings took a 29-28 lead into the intermission following an opening 20 minutes where no more than five points ever separated the two teams, and that came in the first two minutes after Morningside scored the first five points of the game on a basket by Tietz and a 3-pointer by Madison Braun to take a 5-0 lead at the 18:39 mark.
Hastings answered with baskets from Halley Samuelson, Van Kirk, and Sierra Williamson to take a 6-5 lead with 15:56 left in the half.
Morningside regained the lead on a 3-pointer by Osborne to go up 8-6 with 15:28 left and never trailed again until Van Kirk struck from 3-point range to put the Broncos up 27-26 with 2:19 left in the half.
Hastings, which shot only 29.3 and 25.0 percent in its two regular season games against Morningside, shot 41.4 percent in the first half compared to chilly 32.3 percent shooting performance by the Mustangs. Van Kirk made seven of 12 field goal attempts to match her combined field goal total from the teams’ two regular season meetings and led all scorers with 16 points at the break.
Tietz made four of six floor shots and led the Mustangs with eight points in the first half, but the rest of the team was just six-for-25 for 24.0 percent.
Hastings scored on three of its first four possessions of the second half and held its largest lead of the night at five points, 35-30, with 18:16 left to play. Tietz scored off an offensive rebound to close the gap to 35-32 with 17:06 left and ignite a 25-4 Morningside scoring run that proved to make the difference. The Mustangs took the lead for good when Osborne rained home a 3-point jumper from the top of the key to make it 37-35 with 14:47 left.
Morningside pushed its lead into double figures when a Bahensky 3-pointer put the Mustangs up 50-39 at the nine-minute mark. The Mustangs then opened their biggest lead of the game when an Ackerman 3-pointer put them up by 16 points, 55-39, with 6:01 left.
Hastings rallied all the way back to within one point, 64-63, on a 3-pointer by Barry with 3.8 seconds left.
Two free throws by Bahensky and a pair of Hastings turnovers on errant long inbound passes sealed the win for the Mustangs.
On to the Final Four
This time there was no need for a comeback.
One night after having to rally from a 17-point deficit against Oklahoma Wesleyan to make it out of the second round, No. 1-ranked Morningside rolled to a 79-62 victory against No. 9 University of Saint Francis in the quarterfinals of the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Tournament at Sioux City’s Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena.
The Mustangs led wire-to-wire and were never seriously threatened as they took down the defending NAIA II National Champion Cougars, who bowed out with a 25-10 record.
The Mustangs returned to the NAIA II Final Four for the seventh time in the last 12 years to set up a semifinal round contest against GPAC rival Hastings. Morningside, which won NAIA II National Championships in 2004, 2005, and 2009, defeated Hastings 73-47 and 60-46 during the regular season.
Hastings' 68-67 victory over Saint Xavier in the final quarterfinal set up an All-GPAC Final Four after league members Briar Cliff and Concordia punched their tickets before Morningside took the court.
Morningside’s Jessica Tietz was the dominate player on the floor against Saint Francis with a double-double of 22 points and a career-high 11 rebounds in just 23 minutes to lead all performers in both categories. Tietz received double figure scoring support from Allison Bachman with 13 points, Madison Braun with 12, and Mandy Osborne with 11. Osborne came close to a double-double of her own with eight rebounds to go along with her 11 points. Taylor Bahensky just missed double figures with nine points to go along with game-high totals of five assists and four steals.
Brooke Ridley, a returning NAIA II first-team All-American, paced the Cougars with 19 points and eight rebounds. Akyah Taylor, who played at Michigan State earlier in her career and had 16 double-doubles for the Cougars this season, had 11 points and seven rebounds before she exited with an injury with 8:51 remaining. Paige Frisch joined them in double figures with 15 points behind a five-for-10 shooting performance from the 3-point arc.
Morningside outrebounded the Cougars 38-34 and pressured the defending national champions into 23 turnovers and a 39.2 percent shooting performance.
Tietz was already closing in on a double-double with 15 points and eight rebounds when the Mustangs took a 41-25 lead into the intermission after an opening 20 minutes where Saint Francis shot a dismal 29.2 percent.
Morningside scored on its first two possessions of the game on a close range shot by Tietz and a drive to the basket by Bahensky to take 4-0 lead. The Mustangs pushed their lead into double figures less than six minutes into the game when a pair of free throws by Mallorie Moore put them up 15-5 with 14:19 left in the half. The Mustangs eventually built their lead to 16 points on two occasions, the last time on a basket by Osborne as time expired to put the Mustangs up 41-25 at the break.
Saint Francis scored the first two baskets of the second half before the Mustangs answered with a 3-point jumper from the baseline by Braun and a score off an offensive rebound by Tietz to push their lead to 17 points at 46-29 with 16:50 remaining.
The Cougars never got closer than 10 points and Morningside eventually led by as many as 19 points, 68-49, after a pair of free throws by Braun with 6:32 left in the game.
Mustangs stay alive after 2nd half rally
No. 1-ranked Morningside avoided a huge upset scare when it rallied from a 17-point deficit to defeat No. 17 Oklahoma Wesleyan 74-66 in second round action of the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Tournament in Sioux City’s Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena.
The Mustangs improved their record to 34-1 heading into a quarterfinal round matchup against reigning NAIA II National Champion University of Saint Francis. The ninth-ranked Cougars, 25-9, punched their Elite Eight ticket with a 64-42 win against No. 8 Tennessee Wesleyan.
Oklahoma Wesleyan, which led for most of the game, closed the books on a 27-7 campaign.
Morningside had to overcome a chilly 37.7 percent shooting performance and an uncharacteristic 26 turnovers to move on. The Mustangs trailed by as many as 17 points, 41-24, with less than one minute left in the first half, and trailed by double figures for a good portion of the second half.
Allison Bachman came off the bench to help rescue the Mustangs with a game and season’s high 17 points to go along with a season’s high six rebounds. Bachman made five of seven field goal attempts and converted seven of eight free throw bids.
Madison Braun also had a big game with 14 points and a season’s high seven rebounds, while Jordyn Wollenburg went for a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds to match her career high.
Jessica Tietz and Lexi Ackerman just missed double figures with eight points each, and Taylor Bahensky and Lauren Lehmkuhl each had seven.
Nichole Tate had a double-double of 14 points and a game-high 14 rebounds for the Eagles. She also led all performers with four assists and four steals. Courtney Robinson contributed 13 points off the bench and Eagle starters Susan Agesen and Kayla Morgan each had 12 tallies.
Morningside outrebounded the Eagles 52-38.
Oklahoma Wesleyan made only 18 of 60 field goal attempts for 30.0 percent, including a woeful 24.1 percent shooting performance in the second half. The Eagles, one of the most prolific 3-point shooting teams in the nation, made only one of 15 3-point shots in the second half after they had buried seven of 17 attempts in the first half.
The Mustangs found themselves in a 42-29 hole at the intermission following an opening 20 minutes where they made only eight of 28 floor shots for 28.6 percent and committed 13 turnovers in comparison to only seven miscues by the Eagles. Almost half of the Mustangs’ shots came from beyond the 3-point arc, where they misfired on all 12 of their attempts. Oklahoma Wesleyan did much of its first half scoring from the arc, where Courtney Robinson (three-for-three) and Kayla Morgan (three-for-four) combined to make six of seven shots.
The Mustangs led in the early going and held a 10-4 advantage five minutes into the game. The Eagles tied the score at 10-10 after Morgan struck for back-to-back 3-pointers before the Mustangs used a conventional 3-point play by Tietz to go up 13-10 with 12:54 left in the half. However, the Mustangs went 10 minutes without a field goal and fell behind 34-20 before Mandy Osborne broke the drought with a basket in the lane with 2:50 left in the half.
Oklahoma Wesleyan eventually increased its lead to 17 points, 41-24, with 43 seconds left in the half before the Mustangs used a pair of free throws by Braun and a 3-point play by Bachman to creep within 42-29 at the intermission.
The Eagles led by 12 points, 52-40, with 13:43 left in the game before the momentum shifted. Bachman ignited the Mustangs’ come back when she scored three straight Morningside baskets to start a 16-3 scoring run that saw the Mustangs take the lead at 56-55 on a turnaround baseline jumper by Lehmkuhl with 6:05 left in the game.
Oklahoma Wesleyan took one last lead when Agesen struck from 3-point distance to put the Eagles up 58-56 with 5:14 left. Braun answered with a 3-pointer to put the Mustangs back in front 59-58 with 4:59 left. After Agesen made a free throw to tie the score at 59-59, Bachman put Morningside ahead to stay, 61-59, when she scored off an offensive rebound with 4:20 remaining.
Morningside led 66-64 and closed the game out when Bachman went six-for-six and Braun went two-for-two from the free-throw line during the last two minutes.
Top ranked Mustangs roll in national tourney opener
No. 1-ranked Morningside rolled to a 79-45 victory over unranked University of California Merced in first round action in the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Tournament at Sioux City’s Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena.
The Mustangs, who won their national tournament first round contest for the 12th year in a row, raised their record to 33-1 heading into a second round contest against 17th-ranked Oklahoma Wesleyan.
UC Merced, which made its way to the national tournament in only its third season of varsity basketball, finished the campaign with a 14-12 record.
Taylor Bahensky drilled seven of nine floor shots, including a perfect three-for-three effort from the 3-point arc, en route to a game-high 19 points to lead the Mustangs in scoring for the fifth game in a row. Jessica Tietz joined her in double figures with 16 points behind a perfect seven-for-seven shooting display from the field. Ashley Schroeder just missed double figures with a season’s high eight points. Allison Bachman was next with eight points, while Lexi Ackerman, Jordyn Wollenburg, and Mandy Osborne each had five.
Morningside outrebounded UC Merced 44-34 despite a game-high 11 rebounds by the Bobcats’ Brittany Martinez, who also had 10 points to finish with a double-double. Osborne led the Mustangs with seven caroms, followed by Tietz with six.
Morningside made 30 of 63 field goal attempts for 47.6 percent, while the Bobcats hit on only 17 of their 55 floor shots for a chilly 30.9 percent.
Morningside led wire-to-wire and was never threatened as it rolled to an insurmountable 44-18 advantage by the intermission following an opening 20 minutes where UC Merced shot just 29.6 percent from the field.
The Mustangs used a 9-0 scoring run to take an early double figure lead at 21-7 nine minutes into the contest. After the Bobcats closed within 21-11, the Mustangs took off on an 18-2 run to blow the game open at 39-13.
Morningside pushed its lead over 30 points early in the second half when a 3-pointer by Bahensky made it 54-23 with 16:39 left to play. The Mustangs went up by 40 points, 72-32, on a turnaround jumper in the lane by Wollenburg with 4:35 left and opened their largest lead of the game at 41 points, 73-32, when MaKayla Augustine made a free throw with 3:51 remaining.
2009 National Championship Run
Mustangs win national crown with perfect 38-0 record
Morningside put the finishing touches on a storybook season when the Mustangs won the NAIA Division II National Championship with a 68-63 victory against GPAC rival Hastings College in the 2009 NAIA II title game in Sioux City’s Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena in a marquee matchup that pitted two teams that had combined to win five of the previous seven NAIA II national titles.
Morningside, which also won national titles in 2004 and 2005, finished the campaign with a 38-0 record and joined Indiana Wesleyan in 2007 as the only teams in history to win the NAIA II crown with an undefeated record.
Eighteenth-ranked Hastings was a surprise finalist after a fifth place GPAC finish during the regular season. The Broncos upset second-ranked Shawnee State in the second round and No. 3 College of the Ozarks in the semifinals. For awhile, it looked like they might add top-ranked Morningside to their list of upset victims when Hastings took a 50-44 lead midway through the second half before the Mustangs rallied to keep their undefeated season intact.
Dani Gass, named to the all-tournament team, fueled the Mustangs’ triumph with game-high totals of 24 points and 12 rebounds for her 10th double-double of the season. The 12 rebounds matched her season’s high.
Leslie Foral gave the Mustangs one of her top offensive performances of the season with 14 points and Roni Miller provided 11 points off the bench. Brittany Williamson just missed double figures with eight points.
Autumn Bartel, named the national tournament MVP, dealt a game-high five assists and had four steals to share Mustang honors with Foral.
The 12 rebounds by Gass and a career-high seven rebounds by Laura Nelson led the Mustangs to a 36-30 advantage on the boards. Nelson also had seven rebounds in the Mustangs’ semifinal round victory against Northwestern College.
Lindsay Ducey had a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds for Hastings and was joined in double figures by Kay Broekemeier with 14 points, Kim Faimon with 12, and Heather McKeon with 10.
Hastings took an early 5-4 lead after a 3-pointer by Broekemeier and a basket by Rachel Isherwood, but Morningside answered with a 13-point run, capped by back-to-back 3-pointers by Gass from the top of the key, to go up 17-5 with 13:30 left in the half. Foral was also instrumental in the early Mustang spurt when she drove into the lane for one score and also drilled a jumper from the baseline.
Faimon rallied the Broncos with a conventional 3-point play along with a 3-point bomb and then Becky Tesch drilled a 3-pointer of her own to pull Hastings within 23-17 with 10:10 left in the half. The Broncos kept charging by working the ball inside to Ducey for her first two baskets of the game, followed by a Broekmeier 3-pointer to close within 25-24 with 5:50 left.
Foral quieted the Broncos’ rally with a 3-pointer to start a stretch where the Mustangs outscored their opponent 14-6 over the final 5:26 of the half to take a 39-30 lead into the intermission.
Ducey scored the Broncos’ first eight points of the second half to lead Hastings on a 20-5 spurt to start the second half. The Broncos opened up a 50-44 lead for their largest advantage of the game when Faimon made two free throws with 12:17 remaining. Led by Gass and Miller, the Mustangs didn’t buckle and went on an 18-4 run to surge in front 62-54 with 3:51 left. Gass and Miller each scored seven points during the pivotal run.
Hastings rallied within 64-61 with 1:03 left on a 3-pointer by McKeon, but the Mustangs held on with some clutch free throw shooting down the stretch by Foral and Miller to wrap up their third national championship of the decade.
Mustangs advance to title game with win against Northwestern
No. 1-ranked Morningside will try to put the finishing touches on a dream season when the Mustangs play for the NAIA Division II National Championship against GPAC rival Hastings College.
The Mustangs, who have been ranked No. 1 for the entire season, punched their title game ticket with a 63-58 victory over GPAC rival Northwestern College, the defending NAIA II National Champions, in the semifinals. Morningside, which will take a perfect 37-0 record into the National Championship Game, will face 18th-ranked Hastings, which upset No. 3 College of the Ozarks 75-60 in the other semifinal.
The two finalists have already combined to win five NAIA II National Championships this decade. Morningside won back-to-back titles in 2004 and 2005, while the Broncos were NAIA II champs in 2002, 2003, and 2006. Morningside defeated Hastings 75-59 when they met during the regular season on Jan. 17 in Sioux City. Ironically, the Broncos had played a non-conference game against College of the Ozarks in their previous game before their regular season contest against Morningside.
Autumn Bartel led the Mustangs with 18 points in their win against No. 6 Northwestern in the NAIA semifinals. It was her 28th consecutive double figure scoring performance. Laura Nelson and Brittany Williamson each chipped in with 11 points and Roni Miller just missed double figures with nine tallies.
Becca Hurley, the GPAC’s regular season scoring champion, led the Red Raiders with 19 points and Randa Hulstein, the GPAC’s rebounding champion, added 13 points to go along with a NAIA Division II National Tournament record 26 rebounds.
Hulstein’s rebound haul led the Red Raiders to a 53-45 advantage on the boards. Williamson paced the Mustangs with a season’s high 11 rebounds.
Bartel led all performers with five assists and eight steals.
Both teams struggled with their shooting. Northwestern connected on just 32.3 percent of its field goal attempts and the Mustangs weren’t much better at 33.8 percent.
Northwestern struck first when it worked the ball inside to Hulstein for the game’s first basket, but the Mustangs answered with a seven-point run that featured baskets by Nelson and Bartel and a 3-pointer by Williamson to take a 7-2 lead with 17:30 left in the half.
The Red Raiders closed within 10-8 on a basket by Hurley with 15:09 left before Morningside reeled off 13 unanswered points, the final six on 3-pointers by reserves Mackenzi Mendlik and Miller, to open a 13-point lead, 23-10, midway through the half.
Northwestern refused to go away, however, and reeled off eight unanswered points to ignite an 18-4 run that saw the Red Raiders take the lead at 28-27 when Hurley bombed in a 3-pointer with 2:34 left in the half. Morningside regained the lead by the intermission on a steal and layup by Bartel with 45 seconds left to take a 29-28 lead into the break.
Northwestern took a 31-29 lead with 18:40 left in the game when Hurley was left alone from 3-point range. The Mustangs responded with a 19-2 run and appeared to be on the verge of turning the game into a runaway when a basket by Miller put Morningside up by 15 points, 48-33, with 12:30 left in the game.
The Red Raiders came back again and went on a 9-0 run to close within 48-42 on a basket by Kami Kuhlmann with 10:42 left to play.
The Mustangs eventually built their lead back to 11 points on two occasions, the last time at 59-48 after a pair of free throws by Bartel with 4:05 left. The closest the Red Raiders came after that was four points, 62-58, after Kuhlmann made the front end of a two-shot foul with 10.9 seconds left.
Mustangs steam roll into the Final Four
Morningside’s No. 1-ranked and undefeated women’s basketball team steamrolled into the Final Four of the NAIA Division II National Tournament with a convincing 72-56 victory against 11th-ranked Black Hills State University in Saturday’s quarterfinals in Sioux City’s Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena.
The Mustangs, who posted their school-record 36th victory of the season, will take their perfect record into a 6 p.m. Monday semifinal against No. 6 Northwestern College. Third-ranked College of the Ozarks and No. 18 Hastings College will square off in the other semifinal in a Final Four that features three teams from the GPAC and the same two semifinal round matchups as a year ago.
Dani Gass and Laura Nelson each scored 18 points to share game scoring honors. Both scored 14 of their points in the first half when the Mustangs built a 39-20 lead at the break. Nelson did most of her scoring from long range with five 3-point field goals in 11 attempts.
Autumn Bartel and Brittany Williamson joined them in double figures with 14 and 13 points, respectively, as Bartel extended her streak to 27 consecutive double figure scoring performances.
Gass, the GPAC Player of the Year, had game-high totals of eight rebounds, six assists, and six steals to compliment her scoring line. Williamson matched her on the boards with eight rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to prevent a 39-34 Yellow Jacket rebounding advantage.
Katelynn Lamb finished with 10 points to lead the Yellow Jackets, while Brittany Fuhrman, who joined Lamb on the All-Dakota Athletic Conference first-team, was limited to six points and was scoreless in the second half.
Black Hills State had gone 5-1 against the GPAC during the regular season, losing only to Mount Marty, but proved no match for the Mustangs. Morningside never trailed and took the lead for good when Gass scored off an offensive rebound to put the Mustangs ahead 7-5 with 15:41 left in the opening half.
Black Hills State trailed only 17-14 midway through the half before the Mustangs reeled off 14 unanswered points to go up 31-14 to break the game open. After Danielle Bauer made a basket to end the Black Hills State drought, Nelson put the Yellow Jackets away with an eight-point flurry that featured two 3-pointers in a 27-second stretch that increased the Mustangs’ margin to 39-18.
Morningside led 39-20 at the intermission after an opening 20 minutes where the Yellow Jackets turned the ball over 17 times and shot just 31.8 percent from the field and their leading scorer, Lamb, was held to two points on one-for-seven shooting.
Black Hills State’s shooters warmed up in the second half, but still finished at just 38.6 percent for the night to go along with 26 turnovers.
The Morningside/Northwestern semifinal will be the fourth time the teams have clashed this season. The Mustangs won all three previous meetings, including a 64-56 win in the GPAC Post-Season Tournament championship game on March 3.
On to the Elite Eight
It’s on to the Elite Eight for No. 1-ranked Morningside after it led for almost the entire game in a 71-57 triumph against No. 16 Bethel College in the second round action of the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Tournament in Sioux City’s Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena.
The Mustangs, who tied a school record with their 35th victory of the season, will take a perfect 35-0 record into a quarterfinal round game against No. 11 Black Hills State University.
Bethel, which had its national tournament run end with a loss against a team from the GPAC for the fourth time in the last five years, had bowed out in the quarterfinals each of the past four seasons.
Morningside, despite shooting a woeful 31.3 percent from the field, trailed only once against the Mid-Central Conference champions in moving on. The Lady Pilot’s only lead came when Heather Seyfred opened the game’s scoring with a 3-pointer.
The Mustangs compensated for their cold shooting performance by turning the ball over only nine times compared to 23 miscues by their opponent and by outrebounding the Lady Pilots by a 50-41 margin. The Mustangs held Mid-Central Conference Player of the Year Amber Peters, who entered the game as the fourth leading rebounder in the nation with an average of 11.8 caroms per game, to only five rebounds.
Laura Nelson scored 15 points to lead a group of four Mustangs in double figures. Autumn Bartel was next with 13 points for her 26th consecutive double figure scoring performance, followed by Brittany Williamson with 12 tallies and Dani Gass with 10 points. Gass, the GPAC Player of the Year, also had 10 rebounds to register her ninth double-double of the season.
The Mustangs’ leading rebounder, though, was junior guard Leslie Foral, who collected a career-high 13 rebounds to shatter her previous best of 10 caroms against Mount Marty College during the GPAC Post-Season Tournament.
Bekah Basinger led Bethel with 19 points, while Seyfred, a transfer from NCAA Division I Indiana State University who was Michigan’s Class C scoring leader as a prep senior at Bridgman High School, was next with 17 tallies. Mandy Yoder, a transfer from NCAA Division II Ferris State University, added 16 points and Kelsy McKee had a team-high 10 rebounds.
Peters, a transfer from NCAA II Grand Valley State University, was limited to four points, but did lead all performers with five assists.
After Seyfred’s 3-pointer gave the Lady Pilots a 3-0 lead, the Mustangs answered with a 10-point run that featured 3-pointers by Nelson and Bartel to go up 10-3. Bethel rallied within 10-8 after a 3-pointer and a layup by Yoder, but by the 10:30 mark the Mustangs had increased their lead to 10 points, 18-8, on a baseline jumper by Katie Sponder.
The Mustangs built their advantage to 18 points by the intermission on a four-point play with 37.1 seconds left when Gass made a layup while shaken up on an intentional foul by Yoder that forced her to leave the game. Kayla Weerheim entered the game to shoot the free throws for Gass and converted both to make the score 36-18 going into the break.
Morningside eventually increased its lead to 27 points, 57-30, in the second half before the Lady Pilots went on a 21-5 run to close within 62-51 on a 3-pointer by Seyfred with 5:11 left.
Drives to the basket by Gass and Foral, followed by a steal and layup by Bartel, squashed the Bethel rally and built the Mustangs’ lead back up to 68-53.
Mustangs roll in national tournament opener
Morningside advanced to the second round of the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Tournament with an 83-41 opening round victory against the University of Maine-Fort Kent in Sioux City’s Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena.
The No. 1-ranked Mustangs improved their record to 34-0 and will face Bethel College of Indiana in a second round contest. The 16th-ranked Lady Pilots will take a 23-8 record into the contest after they advanced with a 67-63 opening round win against No. 17 Cedarville University.
Maine-Fort Kent, the champions of the Sunrise Conference, bowed out with a 24-5 record and had a school-record 20-game winning streak snapped. The Mustangs’ 83 points were the most the Lady Bengals allowed in a game this season. Maine-Fort Kent had held 19 of its previous 28 opponents to scoring totals of 50 points or less while compiling a defensive scoring average of 46.0 points per game.
Autumn Bartel scored a game-high 19 points for the Mustangs to extend her streak to 25 consecutive games in double figures. Bartel drilled eight of nine floor shots, including three of four attempts from beyond the 3-point arc. Eric Luetje came off the bench to score a career-high 10 points to join Bartel in double figures. Luetje topped her previous high of seven points, which came in the season opener against Mayville State University in the same arena during the Tyson Classic. Mackenzi Mendlik was next with nine points to match her career high.
Dani Gass and Emily Christen each had seven rebounds to lead the Mustangs to a 47-43 advantage against a Lady Bengal team that was leading the nation in team rebounding margin. The seven rebounds by Christen was a career high.
Gass, the GPAC Player of the Year, led all performers with four steals and dealt four assists to share game honors with teammate Kayla Weerheim.
Kristen Violette led the Lady Bengals with 15 points for her 23rd consecutive double figure scoring performance and Ashley Ames, the Sunrise Conference Player of the Year, added 10 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.
The Lady Bengals, who suffered a 110-37 opening round loss against College of the Ozarks in last year’s tournament, stayed with the Mustangs for almost five minutes before Morningside went ahead to stay at 7-4 when a Bartel 3-pointer at the 15:05 mark broke a 4-4 tie.
The Mustangs pushed their lead into double figures for the first time when a Weerheim 3-pointer with 14:00 left completed a 10-0 Morningside run to make it 14-4. Morningside increased its lead to 20 points, 31-11, on a steal and layup by Bartel with 6:32 left in the half.
Morningside led 39-17 at the intermission after it shot just 33.3 percent from the field against a Lady Bengal team that entered the contest as the national leader in team field goal percentage defense at 30.3 percent.
The Mustangs started the second half with a 19-2 run to increase their advantage to 58-19 and never looked back.
2005 National Championship Run
Mustangs repeat as national champions
Morningside College repeated as the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Champion when it defeated Cedarville University 75-65 in a rematch of the previous year's title game in Sioux City's Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena.
Morningside, which defeated Cedarville 87-74 in last year's title game to win its first-ever national championship, finished the season with a record of 35-3 to set a school record for victories in a season.
Cedarville, 35-2 and the American Mideast Conference (AMC) champions, had a 22-game winning streak come to an end. The Yellow Jackets had entered the tournament as the No. 1-ranked team in the nation, while Morningside had been ranked second.
The Mustangs held Cedarville, the nation's second highest scoring team with an average of 87.1 points per game, to its lowest scoring total of the season.
Cloud scored a game-high 28 points for the national champions, including 18 in the first half. The Mustangs had a 35-1 record over the past two seasons when Cloud has scored 20 points or more. She was the Mustangs' leading scorer in all five of their national tournament contests and the team's top scorer in 14 of their final 16 games.
Cloud was named the national tournament's Most Valuable Player for the second year in a row and was joined on the all-tournament team by teammate Brittany Carper.
Mustang head coach Jamie Sale was named the NAIA Division II National Coach of the Year for the second year in a row.
Cloud made five 3-point field goals in the contest, raising her career total to a school-record 317 3-pointers.
Cloud received double figure scoring support from Jill Pudenz, who scored 14 points, and Brittany Carper, who scored 12 point to go along with game highs of 12 assists and five steals. Vanessa Hasley added a career-high eight points in her first career start. The Mustangs completed their scoring summary with seven points from Jennifer Francescon and three each from Lindsey Chettinger and Beth Watson.
Aside from her scoring exploits, Cloud also pulled down nine rebounds, but it wasn't enough to prevent a 46-34 Cedarville rebounding advantage as the Yellow Jackets' Emily Delimpo pulled down a game-high 20 caroms.
The Mustangs entered the game without the services of starting forward Kayla Wibben, who suffered a knee injury during Monday's semifinal round victory against Evangel University. Her replacement, Hasley, made a 3-point field goal to open the games scoring at the 18:32 mark of the first half. Pudenz followed with a baseline jumper to give the Mustangs an early 5-0 lead.
Cedarville proceeded to go on a 13-2 scoring run to open a 13-7 advantage with 13 minutes left.
Cloud answered with a pair of 3-pointers and Carper made a jumper from the key to tie the score at 15-15 with 10:18 left in the half. Cloud then struck from 3-point range again to put the Mustangs in front 18-15 with 7:32 left. The Mustangs completed a 10-2 run on a layup by Jennifer Francescon to take a 20-17 lead.
After Smart tied the score at 20 with a 3-pointer, Cloud scored on successive drives to the basket to put the Mustangs in front to stay at 24-20. The Mustangs opened their biggest advantage of the half when Chettinger and Cloud struck for back-to-back 3-pointers to make it a 39-30 game going into the intermission.
The Mustangs pushed their lead into double figures early in the second half when Pudenz made a 3-pointer with 18:21 left to give the Mustangs a 44-34 advantage.
Hasley, who had made only two 3-pointers all season coming into the game, struck for her second 3-pointer of the game with 9:16 left to give the Mustangs an 11-point lead, their largest advantage to that point, at 58-47. The Mustangs then increased the lead to a game-high 14 points, 61-47, on a 3-pointer by Cloud with 8:35 left.
Mustangs top Evangel to reach title game
The 2005 NAIA Division II National Championship Game will be a rematch of the 2004 title game after Morningside defeated Evangel University 57-45 in the national tournament semifinals in Sioux City’s Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena.
The wins sets the defending National Champion Mustangs up in a rematch with No. 1-ranked Cedarville University, which scored an 86-73 overtime win against Concordia University earlier in the evening. Morningside defeated Cedarville 87-74 in last year’s title game to win its first-ever national championship.
The Mustangs, ranked second in the nation, will take a 34-3 record into the championship game. Evangel, which lost 66-43 to Morningside in last year’s quarterfinals, saw its season end at 30-8. The Crusaders, who were ranked seventh in the nation and were this year’s champion of the Heart of America Athletic Conference, had an 11-game winning streak end.
Megan Cloud scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Mustangs. She was joined in double figures by Brittany Carper with 13 and Jill Pudenz and Beth Watson, each with 11. Vanessa Hasley completed the Mustangs’ scoring summary with three points.
Aside from her game-high scoring total, Cloud also came up with a game-high four steals and paced the Mustangs with six rebounds. Carper dealt a game-high four assists.
The Mustangs had held the leading scorer from each of their first three opponents to a single digit scoring total. That streak ended when Evangel’s Natasha Neal scored 14 points, but only four came in the second half. Neal, daughter of Evangel head coach Leon Neal, was the 2005 Heart of America Athletic Conference Player of the Year and is a two-time first-team All-American. Neal, who pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds to lead her team to a slight 29-28 advantage on the boards, averaged 18.7 points per game during the regular season.
The Mustangs grabbed an early 6-4 lead on 3-pointers by Pudenz and Cloud before Evangel went on a 9-3 run to open a 13-9 advantage. The Mustangs suffered a major blow during the run when starting forward Kayla Wibben went down with a knee injury and had to exit with 12:50 left in the opening half.
Cloud struck for back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Mustangs leads of 17-16 and 20-18, the last coming at the 9:20 mark.
The score was tied at 20, 22, and 24 before Evangel worked the ball inside to 6-3 senior center Shaletha Page to take a 26-24 lead with 2:45 left in the half. It proved to be Evangel’s final lead of the game, as Morningside regained the advantage at 27-26 with 57 seconds left on Cloud’s fourth 3-pointer of the half. Carper then scored on a spin move in the lane to give the Mustangs a 29-26 lead going into the intermission.
The Mustangs stretched their lead to nine points, 39-30, and forced Evangel into a time out when Beth Watson made a 3-pointer with 13:50 left in the game. The Mustangs then pushed their lead into double figures at 42-30 when Brittany Carper struck from 3-point range with 13:26 left.
Morningside took its biggest lead of the game at 51-34 on two free throws by Beth Watson with 7:28 left.
Mustangs top Bethel to reach Final Four
Morningside advanced to the Final Four of the 2005 NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Tournament with a 72-50 triumph against Bethel College of Indiana in the quarterfinals in Sioux City's Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena.
The Mustangs, ranked second in the nation, will take a 33-3 record into a matchup against Evangel University (31-7) in the semifinals. The Mustangs defeated Evangel in last year's quarterfinals en route to winning the 2004 National Championship.
Bethel, which was unranked, bowed out with a 24-11 record as the tournament's "Cinderella" team after it had knocked off No. 5 Dominican University and No. 19 Judson College to reach the Elite Eight. The Pilots were the last team to make the tournament field by taking the last at-large berth available.
Megan Cloud scored a game-high 26 points to lead the Mustangs in scoring for the third game in a row. Jill Pudenz was next with 16 points behind a seven-for-eight shooting performance to finish just two shy of her career scoring high. Jennifer Francescon also scored in double figures with 11 points, followed by Brittany Carper with eight and Kayla Wibben with five.
Carper led the Mustangs with seven rebounds, but it wasn't enough to prevent a 42-33 Bethel board advantage.
Carper also had a game-high six assists, while Pudenz led all performers with six steals. Cloud was right behind with five thefts. Morningside finished the contest with 23 steals as it pressured the Pilots into 33 turnovers and a 38.0 percent shooting performance from the field.
Once again, an outstanding Morningside defensive effort took the opponent's top scorer out of the game. Bethel's Chasity Zeller, who poured in 30 points in the Pilots' opening round, was limited to nine points and a three-for-13 shooting performance. That came after the Mustangs had held Tabor College's scoring leader Erica Hemmert to eight points in Friday's second round and Davenport University's Jennifer Rausch, the nation's seventh leading scorer, to nine points in the opening round.
Bethel made a strong early showing when it moved in front 11-4. That ignited the Mustangs, who took off on a 12-0 run to go up 16-11.
Bethel fought back and tied the score at 16-16 on a 3-pointer by Abby Noll with 11:40 left. The Pilots took there final lead of the first half, 21-18, when Kristin Sordelet struck from 3-point range with 9:19 left.
Sordelet's 3-pointer triggered a 16-point Morningside run that saw the Mustangs push their lead into double figures for the first time at 34-21.
The Mustangs took the lead for good at 22-21 on a baseline jumper by Pudenz with 6:35 left in the half. The Mustangs pushed their lead into double figures on a 3-pointer by Cloud to go up 32-21 with 4:30 left, then took their largest lead of the half when Carper capped the scoring run with 3:45 left to increase the lead to 34-21.
Tiffany Miller scored with 40 seconds left to stop the Morningside run for the Pilots' first score since the 9:19 mark of the half to help Bethel fight back within 34-25 by the intermission.
The Mustangs put the game away with a 10-point run to open the second half and make it a 44-25 game. Morningside pushed its lead over 20 points when a 3-point play by Cloud at the 13-minute mark made it 52-31.
Morningside stretched the lead to 30 points, 69-39, on a 3-pointer by Jennifer Francescon with six minutes left for the biggest difference of the game.
Mustangs move on to quarterfinals
Heavily favored Morningside turned back a stubborn Tabor College team 68-57 in the second round of the 2005 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Tournament in Sioux City’s Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena.
The victory puts the defending National Champion Mustangs into the quarterfinals, where they will meet Bethel College of Indiana at 3 p.m. Morningside, which was ranked second in the nation in the final regular season poll, will take a 32-3 record into the contest.
Tabor, champions of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC), finished the season at 25-6. The Bluejays, who closed out the regular season with a 19-game winning streak before losing to Bethany in the KCAC Tournament, were ranked 16th in the final poll.
Megan Cloud poured in a game-high 28 points for one of the top individual scoring performances of the tournament thus far. She also became the Mustangs’ all-time 3-point field goal leader with three treys to hike her career total to 305 3-pointers, breaking the former Morningside standard of 303 career 3-pointers held by 2005 graduate Kate Lokken.
Brittany Carper also scored in double figures with 11 points to go along with a season’s high 13 rebounds. Beth Watson was next with nine points, while Jennifer Francescon, Jill Pudenz, and Kayla Wibben each added six points.
Carper’s 13 rebounds led the Mustangs to a 43-41 advantage on the boards.
Carper and Cloud shared game honors with seven assists.
Morningside pressured Tabor into a chilly 32.8 percent shooting performance, but the Bluejays turned the ball over only 17 times against a Morningside team that forced its foes into an average or 27.9 turnovers per contest entering the tournament.
The Mustangs took a 3-0 lead on their opening possession when Francescon bombed in a 3-pointer. Cloud dialed home from long distance on the Mustangs’ next time down the floor to make it an early 6-0 game.
Tabor closed within 8-7 before the Mustangs struck from 3-point range again, courtesy of super sub Beth Watson, to go up 11-7. Watson then struck from 3-point range again to give the Mustangs a 14-7 lead at the 14:50 mark of the first half.
Tabor hung around, though, and tied the score at 17-17 when they worked the ball inside to Donya Anderson at the 10-minute mark. Tabor took its first lead of the game at the 9:10 mark on a 3-pointer by Erica Dechant to go up 20-17.
That triggered an 11-0 run by the Mustangs, who regained the lead at 21-20 on a pair of free throws by Wibben with 8:40 left in the half. Wibben eventually capped the 11-point run with a baseline jumper to make it 28-20.
The Mustangs pushed their lead into double figures for the first time on a layup by Wibben off an assist from Carper to go up 32-22 with 6:12 left before taking a 39-30 lead into the intermission.
Tabor suffered a major blow five minutes into the second half when its leading scorer, Erica Hemmert, fouled out with only seven points and her team trailing 44-33.
Morningside opened its biggest lead of the game with 12:50 left when Watson made a 3-pointer to push the Mustangs lead to 16 points at 49-33. But the Bluejays refused to go away and scored 12 straight points to close within four, 49-45, with 10:10 left.
Carper ended the Tabor run with a spin move in the lane.
Tabor trailed by only five points, 58-53, at the four-minute mark before the Mustangs closed out the game with a 10-4 run.
Mustangs trounce Davenport in national tourney opener
Morningside opened defense of its NAIA Division II women’s basketball National Championship when it toppled Davenport University of Grand Rapids, Mich., 74-46 in opening round action of the 2005 national tourney in Sioux City’s Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena.
The Mustangs will take a 31-3 record into the second round, where they will meet 16th ranked Tabor College in a 5:45 p.m. contest. The Bluejays, regular season champions of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference, earned their second round ticket with a 59-57 nail bitter against 18th ranked Daemen College.
Megan Cloud, the 2005 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Player of the Year, led the Mustangs in the scoring department with 15 points to go along with game highs of seven rebounds and six assists. Kayla Wibben was next with 12 points behind a five-for-six shooting performance. Brittany Carper also made double figures with 10 points, while Beth Watson and Jill Pudenz just missed with nine and eight tallies, respectively. Vanessa Hasley was next with six tallies to match her career scoring high. The Mustangs completed their scoring summary with five points from Alisha Willey, three from Kellie Cunningham, and two each from Jennifer Francescon, Betsy Ingenthron, and Molly Turman.
Defensively the Mustangs pressured the Panthers into a dismal 28.5 percent shooting performance and 33 turnovers. Morningside held Jennifer Rausch, the nation’s seventh leading scorer with a 20.4-point average, to nine points and only seven field goal attempts. She was scoreless in the second half. Danielle French also scored nine points to share team honors with Rausch.
The Mustangs entered the contest with a No. 2 national ranking, while Davenport, in only the third year of its varsity program, came in unranked with a 21-12 record. However, the Panthers did enter the tourney riding a hot streak with seven victories in their last eight games, including an 81-65 triumph against the College of St. Scholastica in the title game of the NAIA Independent Tournament that brought them to Sioux City.
The Mustangs, who shot just 25.9 percent from the field in last week’s loss against Concordia University in the championship game of the GPAC Tournament, remained in a shooting funk in the early going when they made just three of their first 12 shots while falling behind 14-12 nine minutes into the contest.
Morningside tied the score at 14-14 when Pudenz made the front end of a two-shot foul with 9:21 left in the first half. That started a scoring run of five straight points by Pudenz that put the Mustangs on top 18-14.
The Mustangs stretched their lead into double figures with 3:22 left in the half when a 3-pointer by Watson made it 29-19. Morningside eventually pushed its lead to as many as 14 points, 35-21, after back-to-back hoops by Wibben before taking a 35-22 advantage into the intermission.
The Mustangs pushed their lead over the 20-point margin when Hasley nailed a jump shot with 15:25 left in the contest to make it 45-24. It became a 30-point game when Wibben scored from inside with 7:04 left to put the Mustangs in front 65-35. The Mustangs’ largest lead of the game was 31 points, 74-43, after a pair of Betsy Ingenthron free throws with 31.8 seconds left.
2004 National Championship Run
3-point shooting lifts Mustangs to national championship
Morningside used a record setting 3-point shooting display to win its first-ever women’s basketball national championship when it defeated Cedarville University 87-74 in the title game of the NAIA Division II National Tournament in Sioux City’s Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena.
The Mustangs made a national tournament single-game record 17 3-point field goals to erase the former record of 15 3-pointers the Mustangs made in their opening round 94-66 win against Spalding University. Morningside shot a sizzling 48.6 percent from beyond the 3-point arc with 17 treys in 35 attempts. The 17 3-pointers also tied the Mustangs’ school record they had set during the regular season in a win against Waldorf College. Morningside had 47 3-point field goals in its five national tournament games to also set a record.
Megan Cloud led the way by bombing in eight of 11 3-point shots to tie the national tournament single-game record. Cloud, who finished with 34 points to go along with six assists and six rebounds, was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. She was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates Brittany Carper and Kate Lokken.
The win came against a Cedarville team that was ranked second in the nation and had taken out GPAC powers Concordia University and two-time defending national champion Hastings College in the quarterfinals and semifinals.
Morningside finished its storybook season with a 34-4 record to set a school-record for victories, while Cedarville bowed out at 35-3 and had its 23-game winning streak snapped.
Aside from Cloud’s game-high 34-point performance, the Mustangs also received double-double efforts from Carper and Lokken. Carper finished with 17 points, a game-high 11 assists, and eight rebounds, while Lokken went for 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Jill Pudenz just missed double figures with nine points, followed by Beth Watson, six; and Kayla Wibben, four. Wibben also had seven rebounds to finish one shy of her career high.
The Mustangs started their 3-point assault immediately when Lokken struck for a pair of early treys to give the Mustangs a 6-2 lead two minutes into the contest.
The Mustangs took their first double figure lead at the 14:37 mark when Cloud made another 3-pointer from the top of the key for a 16-6 lead.
Cedarville battled back within four points, 16-12, when Kari Flunker scored from close range. Cloud ended the six-point Yellow Jacket run with her third 3-pointer of the game, then she scored from the baseline the next time down the floor to increase the Mustangs’ cushion to 21-12 and cap a run where she scored 11 of the team’s first 21 points.
Morningside opened another 10-point lead, 24-14, when super sub Beth Watson struck from 3-point range at the 11-minute mark. Morningside opened up a 12-point advantage, its largest of the half, when Carper drilled a short range jumper at the 10:20 mark.
The Yellow Jackets tied the score at 35-35 when Kristi Beougher made the second end of a two-shot foul with 26.1 seconds left to complete a run of eight straight Cedarville points. Lokken put the Mustangs up 38-35 at the intermission when she sank a 3-pointer just prior to the horn.
The Mustangs pushed their lead back into double figures when Lokken struck from 3-point range to make it 48-38 with 16:45 left in the game. Pudenz joined the Mustangs’ 3-point act when she struck from the baseline to give the Mustangs’ a 51-38 lead, then Cloud drilled another 3-pointer to give the Mustangs’ their largest lead to that point, 54-38, with 15:41 left.
The Mustangs continued to bomb away from 3-point distance and used 3-pointers by Watson and Carper to increase the margin to 19 points, 64-45, at the 12-minute mark.
Cloud drilled the Mustangs’ national tournament record-breaking 16th 3-point field goal of the game with 8:58 left to put the Mustangs in front 67-49.
The Yellow Jackets fought back within 10 points, 77-67, when Kari Flunker made a pair of free throws with 2:58 remaining to complete a 22-10 Yellow Jacket run. Cloud ended the Yellow Jackets’ comeback bid when she drilled her national tournament record tying eighth 3-pointer of the game.
Mustangs to play for national title after semifinal win against Mary
Morningside’s women’s basketball team will play for the national championship after the Mustangs defeated the University of Mary 70-62 in the semifinals of the NAIA Division II National Tournament.
The Mustang victory sets up a championship game showdown with second-ranked Cedarville University, 35-2, in the championship game. Cedarville punched its ticket for the title game when it knocked off two-time defending national champion Hastings College 82-74 in the other semifinal.
The championship game will be a rematch of an opening round contest from last year’s national tournament, where Cedarville defeated the Mustangs 80-69.
Morningside will take a 33-4 record and a No. 5 national ranking into the championship game. Mary, which was ranked third in the final NAIA Division II regular season poll, saw its season end with a 32-3 record.
The Mustangs survived one of their worst shooting performances of the season to get past Mary. The Mustangs connected on just 32.8 percent of their field goal attempts, but compensated by outscoring the Marauders by 11 points from the free-throw line and by committing 14 fewer turnovers.
Brittany Carper led the way with a game-high 23 points. Fellow starters Megan Cloud and Kate Lokken joined her in double figures with 16 and 14 points, respectively, while Beth Watson scored 11 points for her third double figure scoring performance off the bench during the Mustangs’ four-game national tournament run.
Mary, the 1999 NAIA Division II National Champions, outrebounded the Mustangs 48-38 despite double figure rebound totals by Lokken (11) and Cloud (10).
Carper led the Mustangs with five assists, while Jill Pudenz had a game-high five steals.
Morningside led just twice in the first half and went into the intermission down 37-30. Mary twice led by as many as nine points in the first half, including an early 17-8 advantage after Sarah Leer made a 3-pointer with 14:20 left. Leer, who tied the national tournament record with 17 3-pointers in her four games, finished with a team-high 19 points.
Leer gave the Marauders their largest lead of the game, 45-35, when she struck from 3-point range with 16:45 left in the game, but her 3-pointer struck a fire in the Mustangs.
Watson made a pair of 3-pointers to help bring the Mustangs within 47-45. Morningside tied the score at 47-47 when Carper drove the lane with 9:52 left in the game, then took its first lead of the second half, 49-47, when Carper made two free throws with 9:12 remaining. Carper penetrated into the lane to score again on the Mustangs’ next possession to put them up 51-47, then Cloud drilled a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 8:05 left to put the Mustangs on top 54-47 to cap a 19-2 Mustang run.
Morningside pushed its lead into double figures with 4:12 left when Cloud made the front end of a two-shot foul for a 62-52 advantage.
Mary closed within six points, 62-56, when Jessica Zundel scored from close range with 2:12 left.
Morningside iced the game from the free-throw line, from where Carper and Cloud combined to go eight-for-10 during the final minute.
Mustangs top Evangel to reach the Final Four
Morningside advanced to the Final Four of the 2004 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Tournament after a 66-43 win against 10th ranked Evangel University in quarterfinal round play at Sioux City’s Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena.
The Mustangs, 32-4 and ranked fifth in the nation, will meet third-ranked University of Mary in the semifinals. Mary earned its Final Four berth with a 91-82 double overtime win against No. 7 Dakota Wesleyan University.
Evangel, four-time reigning champions of the America Athletic Conference (AAC), bowed out at 29-7.
Morningside closed out the game by outscoring Evangel 17-2 over the final 7:33 after the Crusaders had rallied within 49-41.
Junior guard Megan Cloud scored a game-high 27 points to lead the way. That came just one night after she had 22 points in the Mustangs’ second round victory against Indiana Wesleyan University. Cloud drilled nine of 14 floor shots against the Crusaders and was perfect in three attempts from beyond the 3-point arc.
Jill Pudenz also scored in double figures with 13 points. Kate Lokken and Kayla Wibben were next with eight points each, followed by Brittany Carper with seven and Beth Watson with three.
Morningside’s signature pressure defense helped cause 27 turnovers and a chilly 33.3 percent shooting performance by Evangel.
Carper grabbed a game-high seven rebounds and dealt a game-high five assists. Cloud had six rebounds and a game-high five steals.
Even though Carper and Cloud were the game’s top two rebounders, Evangel still outrebounded the Mustangs by a 35-31 margin.
NaTasha Neal, two-time AAC Player of the Year and a reigning first-team All-American, opened the game’s scoring with a 3-pointer 16 seconds into the contest, but it was the Crusaders’ only lead of the night.
Morningside answered when Cloud took an assist from Kayla Wibben for a layup in the paint, then Cloud made two free throws the next time down the floor to put the Mustangs up for good at 4-3 with 18:52 left. The Mustangs scored again on their next possession when Wibben made a 3-pointer from the baseline for a 7-3 lead. Cloud added two more free throws at the 17:42 mark of the opening half to complete a nine-point run that put the Mustangs up 9-3.
After Evangel’s Shaletha Page scored from close range at the 16:52 mark to end the Crusader’s drought, Cloud scored seven consecutive points to put the Mustangs up 16-5.
The Mustangs expanded their lead to 15 points, 25-10, when Wibben scored off an offensive rebound with 8:22 left in the opening half.
The Mustangs’ largest lead of the half was 16 points, 32-16, after a 3-pointer by Carper with 4:40 left, and 34-18 after a drive to the hoop by Cloud at the two-minute mark.
The Mustangs went into the intermission leading 34-21 in a half where Cloud had 18 points to almost match the Crusaders’ entire output by herself.
The Mustangs came out of the intermission and pushed their lead to 21 points on back-to-back 3-pointers by Wibben and Cloud to make the difference 45-24 with 14:58 left.
Evangel refused to fold, however, and fought back within 45-34 with 11:17 left after Neal drilled a 3-pointer from the top of the key to complete a run of 10 unanswered Crusader points.
The Crusaders continued to fight back and closed within single digits when Lachelle Jibben made a 3-pointer from the baseline to make it a 49-41 game with 7:33 left.
Cloud pushed the Mustangs’ lead back into double figures when she drove to the hoop for a three-point play to make it 52-41, then Carper scored off a spin move and Watson drilled a 3-pointer from the top of the key to push the margin to 16 points, 57-41, with 5:48 left. The Mustangs eventually ran off 10 consecutive points, capped by a basket by Lokken with 4:45 left, to make the difference 59-41.
Cloud pushed the lead to 22 points, 65-43, with a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 1:02 left.
Morningside’s largest lead was the final difference of 23 points after Pudenz made the front end of a two-shot foul with 34.6 seconds left in the contest to complete the scoring.
Mustangs top Indiana Wesleyan in second round
Morningside advanced to the quarterfinals of the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Tournament with a 78-64 victory against Indiana Wesleyan in second round action.
The Mustangs will take a 31-4 record and a No. 5 national ranking into a contest against 10th ranked Evangel University, 29-6.
Indiana Wesleyan, which was ranked 18th in the final regular season poll, bowed out with a 29-8 record.
After Kate Lokken led the Mustangs with a career-high 33 points and a national tournament record eight 3-point field goals in the Mustangs’ opening round 94-66 win against Spalding University, it was the Brittany Carper and Megan Cloud show in the Mustangs’ Sweet 16 victory.
Carper scored a game-high 25 points to give her a school-record 771 points for the season to erase the former Morningside single-season scoring mark of 750 points by Amy Wilhelm during the 1985-86 season. Carper drilled 11 of 15 field goal attempts in the contest, plus dealt a game-high seven assists to go along with six rebounds and three steals.
Cloud was right behind with 22 points with an eight-for-13 shooting performance and a team-high seven rebounds.
Beth Watson added 11 points off the bench for her second straight double figure scoring effort in the national tournament. Jill Pudenz added seven points, and Lokken and Kayla Wibben each had six.
Morningside shot 51.7 percent for the game and outrebounded the Wildcats 31-29 despite a game-high 14 rebounds by Indiana Wesleyan’s Liz Howerth.
Howerth scored 24 points, but only six came in the second half. Stephanie Gill also had a big night with 22 points and seven 3-point field goals to finish just one trey shy of the national tournament single-game record.
Gill opened the scoring with a 3-pointer on the game’s first offensive possession. After Lokken tied the score with a three-point play, Gill bombed in another 3-pointer from the baseline at the 18:10 mark to put the Indianans up 6-3.
Howerth drove in for a layup with 17:30 left put the Wildcats up 8-3 for their largest lead of the night.
Morningside took its first lead of the night, 15-14, when Watson struck from 3-point range with 12:30 left in the half.
The Wildcats worked the ball inside to Howerth for a close range score that put the Wildcats back on top, 16-15, with 11:45 left. Watson drilled a NBA range 3-pointer with 10:58 left to put the Mustangs back in front for good, 18-16, then Watson drilled another 3-pointer the next time down the floor for a 21-16 lead and force the Wildcats into a timeout with 10:19 left.
The Mustangs continued their surge after the timeout when Pudenz drilled a 3-pointer to put them up 24-16. The Mustangs pushed their lead into double digits, 26-16, when Cloud scored off an assist from Watson with 7:46 left in the half. The Mustangs completed a run of 15 unanswered points when Cloud scored off an offensive rebound with 6:32 left to make the difference 30-16.
The Wildcats crept within 10 points after three baskets by Howerth and a 3-pointer by Gill trimmed their deficit to 32-23 and 34-25.
Gill made her fourth 3-pointer of the half to close the gap to 37-30 with 3:12 left. The Mustangs used a late surge with penetration baskets by Carper and Cloud to take a 46-34 advantage into the intermission after an opening 20 minutes where Howerth (18) and Gill (12) combined for 30 of the Wildcats’ 34 points.
Cloud, who scored 14 points in the first half, opened the second half scoring with a drive to the basket at the 19:32 mark to put the Mustangs up 48-34. Cloud made two free throws with 17:02 left to put the Mustangs up 50-36 to match their biggest lead of the game. Lokken made a 3-pointer with 15:38 left to stretch the lead to 17 points, 53-36.
Indiana Wesleyan suffered a major blow with 12:34 left when Howerth picked up her fourth foul and had to exit with 20 of her team’s 38 points and the Mustangs up 55-38.
The Mustangs opened a 20-point lead, 61-41, on a layup by Wibben with 10:21 left.
The Mustangs’ biggest lead was a pair of 22-point leads, the last at 65-43 after a basket by Pudenz at the eight-minute mark.
Mustangs romp past Spalding in opening round
A record-setting performance by Kate Lokken led Morningside to a 94-66 victory against Spalding University in the opening round of the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Tournament.
The win advanced the Mustangs, 30-4, to the Sweet 16 and a second round matchup against Indiana Wesleyan University.
Spalding, which ended the season at 12-22, had earned its first-ever national tournament berth by winning the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC) post-season tournament.
Lokken made a NAIA Division II National Tournament single-game record eight 3-point field goals en route to a career-high 33-point scoring performance. She broke the former national tournament record of seven 3-pointers by College of the Ozarks’ Kim Greenhaw in 1999 and by the University of Mary’s Jessica Anderson in 2000.
The Mustangs struck for 15 3-pointers as a team to break the NAIA national tournament record of 14 3-pointers in a game by Northwest Nazarene in a game against Dominican in 1997.
Megan Cloud also scored in double figures with 14 points and Beth Watson contributed 11 points off the bench. Jill Pudenz was next with eight points.
Brittany Carper, the GPAC Player of the Year, was limited to seven points, but still played a major role in the victory with game high totals of 10 assists and seven steals.
Paula Kloewer contributed season’s highs of five points and five rebounds off the Mustangs’ bench. Betsy Ingenthron also provided five points off the bench, while Vanessa Hasley came off the bench to grab five rebounds.
Morningside never trailed and the score was tied just once at 2-2.
Megan Cloud made a 3-pointer from the baseline at the 17:49 mark to put the Mustangs ahead 5-2 to start a 16-0 run that featured 3-pointers by Kate Lokken and Beth Watson.
Brynn Wimsatt ended the Morningside run with a 3-pointer at the 14:02 mark to pull her team within 18-5. Wimsett, the KIAC Player of the Year, made another 3-pointer and scored off an offensive rebound to keep the difference at 13 points, 25-12.
The lead reached 20 points, 32-12, when Lokken, the Mustangs’ all-time 3-point field goal leader, dialed home from long distance with 8:27 left in the half.
Morningside led 38-15 with 6:30 left in the half before the Lady Pelicans made their best comeback bid.
Spalding cut its deficit below 20 points when Rachel Fowler made a 3-pointer with 5:15 left to make it 38-20, then Gerri Phelps struck from 3-point range on the Lady Pelicans’ next possession to pull them within 38-23.
The Lady Pelicans continued to gather momentum when Deandrea Sullivan struck from 3-point distance to bring them within 12 points, 40-28. Sullivan’s 3-pointer capped a stretch where Spalding outscored Morningside by a 13-2 margin.
Lokken, who scored 17 points in the first half, quieted the Spalding rally with a pair of 3-pointers to push the difference back to 16 points, 46-30, with just over two minutes left in the half. The margin stayed at 16 when the Mustangs took a 50-34 lead into the intermission.
Lokken came out firing again in the second half with another 3-pointer, her fifth of the game, to open the scoring. Lokken made a jumper from the baseline with 17:10 left in the game to push the Mustangs’ lead back over 20 points to 57-36.
The Mustangs pushed their lead to 30 points, 73-43, on a 3-pointer by Watson at the 10-minute mark.
Morningside’s largest lead was 32 points, 75-43, after a basket by Watson with 8:20 left.
Lokken made her record setting eighth 3-pointer with 7:22 left to put the Mustangs up 78-49.
Prairie Gordon made the Mustangs’ record-breaking 15th 3-pointer with 15.6 seconds left to end the game’s scoring.
All-Time NAIA National Tournament Results
Saginaw Valley 69, Morningside 67
Cedarville 80, Morningside 69 Box Score
Morningside 94, Spalding 66 Box Score
Morningside 78, Indiana Wesleyan 64 Box Score
Morningside 66, Evangel 43 Box Score
Morningside 70, Mary 62 Box Score
National Championship Game
Morningside 87, Cedarville 74 Box Score
Morningside 74, Davenport 46 Box Score
Morningside 68, Tabor 57 Box Score
Morningside 72, Bethel (IN) 50 Box Score
Morningside 57, Evangel 45 Box Score
National Championship Game
Morningside 75, Cedarville 65 Box Score
Morningside 104, Berea 80 Box Score
Morningside 70, St. Ambrose 62 Box Score
Morningside 87, Minot State 86 Box Score
Northwestern 93, Morningside 69 Box Score
Morningside 83, Maine-Fort Kent 41 Box Score
Morningside 71, Bethel (IN) 57 Box Score
Morningside 72, Black Hills State 56 Box Score
Morningside 63, Northwestern 58 Box Score
National Championship Game
Morningside 68, Hastings 63 Box Score
Morningside 76, Indiana Northwest 61 Box Score
Morningside 80, Tennessee Wesleyan 67 Box Score
Morningside 72, Sioux Falls 70 Box Score
Northwestern 86, Morningside 81 Box Score
Morningside 92, Webber International 43 Box Score
Morningside 69, College of Idaho 47 Box Score
Morningside 71, Bethel (IN) 60 Box Score
Indiana Wesleyan 65, Morningside 64 Box Score
Morningside 79, UC Merced 45 Box Score
Morningside 74, Oklahoma Wesleyan 66 Box Score
Morningside 79, Saint Francis 62 Box Score
Morningside 66, Hastings 63 Box Score
National Championship Game
Morningside 59, Concordia 57 Box Score
Great Plains Athletic Conference
2004-05 (35-3 Overall, 17-1 GPAC)
2005-06 (28-7 Overall, 16-2 GPAC)
2006-07 (21-12 Overall, 14-4 GPAC)
2007-08 (33-4 Overall, 18-0 GPAC)
2008-09 (38-0 Overall, 18-0 GPAC)
2012-13 (31-5 Overall, 17-3 GPAC)
2013-14 (29-7 Overall, 16-4 GPAC)
2014-15 (37-1 Overall, 20-0 GPAC)
2015-16 (33-3 Overall, 20-2 GPAC)
1981-82 (16-8 Overall, 12-0 Io-Kota)
1982-83 (15-10 Overall, 11-1 Io-Kota)
1983-84 (16-9 Overall, 9-1 Io-Kota)
1984-85 (14-14 Overall, 8-2 Io-Kota)
1985-86 (20-11 Overall, 10-0 Io-Kota)
1986-87 (20-10 Overall, 9-1 Io-Kota)
1988-89 (19-10 Overall, 9-1 Io-Kota)
GPAC Post-Season Tournament Champions
Career – 144, Jill Pudenz, 2002-06
Div. II – 120, Tonia Arehart, 1985-89
Game – 45, Brittany Carper vs. Northwestern, 1-31-2004
Div. II – 44, Amy Wilhelm vs. Westmar, 2-11-1986
Season – 818, Brittany Carper, 2003-04
Div. II – 750, Amy Wilhelm, 1985-86
Career – 2332, Amy Wilhelm, 1983-87
Season – 24.4, Amy Wilhlem, 1985-86
Career – 20.4, Amy Wilhelm, 1983-87
Game – 18, Amy Wilhelm vs. Westmar, 2-11-1986
Season – 314, Amy Wilhelm, 1985-86
Career – 988, Amy Wilhelm, 1983-87
Field Goal Percentage
Game – 100% (8-8), Vicki Rahbusch vs. Northwestern, 1988-89; Autumn Bartel vs. Hastings, 1-17-2009
Season (Min. 100 made) – 63.8% (227-356), Jessica Tietz, 2015-16
Div. II - 57.1% (188-329), Shawna Paskert, 1991-92
Career (Min. 200 made) – 59.1% (592-1001), Jessica Tietz, 2012-16
Div. II - 55.9% (449-803), Trish Martin, 1997-01
Game – 19, Trish Martin vs. Bemidji State, 12-4-1998
Season – 216, Brittany Carper, 2003-04
Div. II – 135, Paula Hunter, 1988-89
Career – 542, Brittany Carper, 2001-05
Div. II – 395, Paula Hunter, 1985-89
Free Throw Percentage
Game – 100% (14-14), Chelsea Trask vs. Concordia, 11-20-2010
Div. II – 100% (11-11), Sue Berens vs. Dordt, 1989-81
Season – 90.1% (64-71), Kate Lokken, 2002-03
Div. II – 87.1% (122-140), Amy Wilhelm, 1985-86
Career – 86.3% (207-240), Kate Lokken, 2000-04
Div. II – 83.4% (356-427), Amy Wilhelm, 1983-87
Consecutive Free Throws Made
43, Chelsie Trask, 11-6 to 12-18-2010
Free Throw Attempts
Game – 25, Trish Martin vs. Bemidji State, 12-4-1998
Season – 256, Brittany Carper, 2003-04
Div. II – 183, Paula Hunter, 1988-89
Career – 716, Dani Gass, 2005-09
Div. II – 565, Paula Hunter, 1985-89
Three-Point Field Goals
Game – 10, Laura Nelson vs. Dakota State, 12-30-2008
Div. II – 8, Kate Lokken vs. Minnesota State-Mankato, 2-23-2002
Season – 130, Kate Lokken, 2003-04
Div. II – 56, Megan Cloud, 2001-02; Kate Lokken, 2001-02
Career – 317, Megan Cloud, 2001-05
Div. II – 147, Nicole Newberg, 1990-94
Three-Point Field Goal Percentage
Season (Min. 25 made) – 48.1% (38-79), Lexi Ackerman, 2013-14
Div. II – 46.0% (40-87), Abby Goodlaxson, 1998-99
Career – 41.0% (141-344), Abby Goodlaxson, 1995-99
Game – 13, Brittany Carper vs. Northwestern, 11-19-2003
Div. II – 12, Debi Runde vs. Wayne State, 11-27-1990
Season – 272, Brittany Carper, 2003-04
Div. II – 167, Colleen Holland, 1993-94
Career – 734, Brittany Carper, 2001-05
Div. II – 544, Colleen Holland, 1990-94
Game – 13, Danika Okerstrom vs. South Dakota State, 1-27-01
Season – 151, Brittany Carper, 2003-04
Div. II – 83, Amy Wilhelm, 1986-87
Career – 451, Dani Gass, 2005-09
Div. II – 235, Amy Wilhelm, 1983-87
Game – 25, Trish Martin vs. St. Cloud State, 12-8-2000
Season – 371, Paula Hunter, 1988-89
Career – 1248, Paula Hunter, 1984-89
Season – 13.1, Trish Martin, 2000-01
Career – 11.1, Trish Martin, 1997-01
Game – 8, Paula Hunter vs. Wayne State, 1988-89
Season – 106, Paula Hunter, 1988-89
Career – 296, Paula Hunter, 1985-89
Season - 38, 2003-04; 2004-05; 2008-09; 2014-15
Div. II – 31, 1985-86 & 1987-88
Season - 38, 2008-09
Div. II – 20, 1985-86 & 1986-87
Season - 100% (38-0), 2008-09
Div. II – 66.7% (16-8), 1981-82; (20-10), 1986-987; (18-9), 1992-93
Overall – 38, 10-31-2008 to 3-17-2009
At Home – 39, 1-16-2013 to 2-28-2015
On Road – 37, 11-4-2014 to 3-11-2016
Game – 136 vs. Westmar, 2-11-1986
Season – 3328, 2003-04
Div. II – 2626, 1986-87
Combined Points Scored
238 vs. St. Cloud State (St. Cloud State 123, Morningside 115), 1-23-1999
92 (Morningside 136, Westmar 44), 2-11-1986
Div. II – 87.5, 1986-87
Defensive Scoring Average
Div. II – 63.0, 1980-81
Fewest Points By Opponent
26 vs. Ashford, 11-8-2014
Div. II – 40 vs. Wayne State, 12-8-1988
Game – 46 vs. Olivet Nazarene, 11-4-2005
Div. II – 43 vs. St. Cloud State, 1-23-1999
Season – 1178, 2003-04
Div. II – 1086, 1986-87
Field Goal Percentage
Game – 64.3% (34-53) vs. Nebraska Wesleyan, 1-3-2009
Div. II – 54.7% (29-53) vs. South Dakota State, 1-27-2001
Season – 48.4% (1086-2243), 1986-87
Lowest Field Goal Percentage By Opponent
Game – 42 vs. Northwestern, 2-25-2012
Div. II – 39 vs. Wayne State, 12-6-1996
Season – 649, 2013-14
Div. II – 464, 1996-97
Free Throw Percentage
Game – 100% (18-18) vs. Concordia, 11-20-2010; vs. Briar Cliff, 1-8-2011
Div. II – 100% (14-14) vs. St. Cloud State, 12-8-2000
Season – 75.5% (482-638), 2010-11
Div. II – 75.4% (464-615), 1996-97
Free Throw Attempts
Game – 54 vs. Northwestern, 2-25-2012
Div. II – 49 vs. Wayne State, 12-6-1996
Season – 937, 2013-14
Div. II – 659, 1988-89
Three-Point Field Goals
Game – 21 vs. Nebraska Wesleyan, 2-2-2013
Div. II – 15 vs. Augustana, 12-30-2001
Season – 400, 2003-04
Div. II – 219, 2001-02
Three-Point Field Goal Percentage
Game – 66.7% (12-18) vs. Nebraska Wesleyan, 2-2-2005
Div. II – 54.5% (12-22) vs. Minnesota State, Mankato, 12-7-2001
Season – 37.6% (400-1063), 2003-04
Div. II – 35.6% (120-337), 1998-99
Game – 34 vs. Olivet Nazarene, 11-2-2013
Div. II – 28 vs. St. Cloud State, 1-23-1999
Season – 716, 2003-04
Div. II – 551, 1986-87
Game – 31 vs. Dana, 2-16-2005
Season – 675, 2003-04
Div. II – 373, 1986-87
Game – 69 vs. Westmar, 11-23-1996; vs. Berea, 3-12-2008
Season – 1572, 2013-14
Div. II – 1415, 1988-89
Game – 10 vs. Missouri Western State, 11-20-1992; vs. Doane, 2-14-2015
Season – 130, 1985-86
Career Scoring & Rebounding Leaders
Career Scoring Leaders
1. 2332, Amy Wilhelm, 1983-87
2. 2209, Megan Cloud, 2001-05
3. 2183, Brittany Carper, 2001-05
4. 1859, Chelsie Trask, 2009-13
5. 1802, Dani Gass, 2005-09
6. 1731, Autumn Bartel, 2005-09
7. 1674, Lexi Ackerman, 2013-17
8. 1614, Kate Lokken, 2001-04
9. 1603, Paula Hunter, 1985-89
10. 1431, Jessica Tietz, 2012-16
11. 1410, Sue Berens, 1980-83
12. 1350, Shawn Paskert, 1988-93
13. 1308, Gina Schuldt, 1985-89
14. 1303, Jennifer Childress, 1994-98
15. 1288, Lerlean Johnson, 1980-84
16. 1282, Jill Pudenz, 2002-06
17. 1278, Janice Schmitz, 1983-87
18. 1272, Madison Braun, 2014-
19. 1270, Brittany Williamson, 2006-10
20. 1237, Erica Thein, 1998-02
21. 1213, Ashlynn Muhl, 2012-15
22. 1207, Jessica Johnson, 1994-98
23. 1148, Tanaeya Worden, 2009-11
24. 1135, Trish Martin, 1997-01
25. 1134, Nicole Newberg, 1990-94
Career Rebounding Leaders
1. 1248, Paula Hunter, 1985-89
2. 1094, Dani Gass, 2005-09
3. 877, Trish Martin, 1997-01
4. 871, Gina Schuldt, 1985-89
5. 865, Lerlean Johnson, 1980-84
6. 846, Jennifer Childress, 1994-98
7. 837, Ashlynn Muhl, 2012-15
8. 830, Shawna Paskert, 1988-93
9. 792, Rhonda Andresen, 1979-83
10. 781, Carolyn Lamaak, 1984-88
11. 778, Jessica Tietz, 2012-16
12. 719, Kate Lokken, 2000-04
12. 719, Brittany Carper, 2001-05
14. 688, Erica Thein, 1998-02
15. 606, Megan Cloud, 2001-05
16. 583, Jordyn Wollenburg, 2012-16
17. 577, Brittany Williamson, 2006-10
18. 573, Brittany Alfredson, 2008-12
19. 563, Lexi Ackerman, 2013-17
20. 555, Vicki Rahbush, 1986-90
21. 549, Leslie Foral, 2006-10
22. 541, Sue Berens, 1980-83
23. 529, Jill Pudenz, 2002-06
24. 505, Jessica Johnson, 1994-98
25. 487, Donalee Johnson, 1989-93
2017 - Lexi Ackerman (G) 3rd-Team
2017 - Madison Braun (G) Honorable Mention
2016 - Jessica Tietz (F) 1st-Team
2016 - Lexi Ackerman (G) Honorable Mention
2015 - Ashylnn Muhl (F) 1st-Team
2015 - Taylor Bahensky (G) 3rd-Team
2015 - Lexi Ackerman (G) Honorable Mention
2014 - Ashlynn Muhl (F) Honorable Mention
2014 - Leann Osten (G) Honorable Mention
2013 - Chelsie Trask (G) 1st-Team
2013 - Ashlynn Muhl (F) Honorable Mention
2012 - Chelsie Trask (G) 1st-Team
2011 - Tanaeya Worden (G) 1st-Team
2011 - Chelsie Trask (G) Honorable Mention
2010 - Tanaeya Worden (G) 2nd-Team
2009 - Dani Gass (G) 1st-Team, NAIA Division II Player of the Year
2009 - Autumn Bartel (G) 1st-Team
2008 - Dani Gass (G) 1st-Team
2008 - Autumn Bartel (G) Honorable Mention
2008 - J.J. Hall (G) Honorable Mention
2007 - Dani Gass (G) 1st-Team
2006 - Jill Pudenz (G) 2nd-Team
2005 - Megan Cloud (G) 1st-Team, NAIA Division II Player of the Year
2005 - Brittany Carper (G) 2nd-Team
2004 - Brittany Carper (G) 1st-Team, NAIA Division II Player of the Year
2004 - Kate Lokken (F) Honorable Mention
NAIA National Tournament MVPs
2015 - Jessica Tietz
2009 - Autumn Bartel
2005 - Megan Cloud
2004 - Megan Cloud
NCAA Division II All-Americans
1993 - Shawna Paskert, 4th-Team
1987 - Amy Wilhelm
1986 - Amy Wilhelm
All-Great Plains Athletic Conference
2017 - Lexi Ackerman (G) 1st-Team
2017 - Madison Braun (G) 1st-Team
2017 - Lauren Lehmkuhl (F) 2nd-Team
2016 - Lexi Ackerman (G) 1st-Team
2016 - Jessica Tietz (F) 1st-Team
2016 - Madison Braun (G) 2nd-Team
2015 - Lexi Ackerman (G) 1st-Team
2015 - Taylor Bahensky (G) 1st-Team, GPAC Defensive Player of the Year
2015 - Ashlynn Muhl (F) 1st-Team
2014 - Ashlynn Muhl (F) 1st-Team
2014 - Leann Osten (G) 1st-Team
2014 - Lexi Ackerman (G) 2nd-Team, GPAC Freshman of the Year
2014 - Jessica Tietz (C) 2nd-Team
2013 - Ashlynn Muhl (F) 1st-Team
2013 - Chelsie Trask (G) 1st-Team
2013 - Shelby Beaudette (G) 2nd-Team
2013 - Hanna Blum (F) 2nd-Team
2013 - Jessica Tietz (C) GPAC Freshman of the Year
2012 - Brittany Alfredson (G) 1st-Team
2012 - Chelsie Trask (G) 1st-Team
2012 - Shelby Beaudette (G) 2nd-Team
2011 - Chelsie Trask (G) 1st-Team
2011 - Tanaeya Worden (G) 1st-Team
2010 - Tanaeya Worden (G) 1st-Team
2010 - Chelsie Trask (G) 2nd-Team
2009 - Dani Gass (G) 1st-Team, GPAC Player of the Year
2009 - Autumn Bartel (G) 1st-Team, GPAC Defensive Player of the Year
2009 - Laura Nelson (G) 2nd-Team
2009 - Brittany Williamson (F) 2nd-Team
2008 - Dani Gass (G) 1st-Team
2008 - J.J. Hall (G) 1st-Team
2008 - Autumn Bartel (G) 2nd-Team
2007 - Dani Gass (G) 1st-Team
2007 - J.J. Hall (G) 2nd-Team, Co-GPAC Freshman of the Year
2006 - Dani Gass (G) 1st-Team, GPAC Freshman of the Year
2006 - Jill Pudenz (G) 1st-Team
2006 - Autumn Bartel (G) 2nd-Team
2006 - Jennifer Francescon (G) 2nd-Team
2005 - Megan Cloud (G) 1st-Team, GPAC Player of the Year
2005 - Brittany Carper (G) 1st-Team
2005 - Jill Pudenz (G) 2nd-Team
2004 - Brittany Carper (G) 1st-Team, GPAC Player of the Year
2004 - Kate Lokken (F) 1st-Team
2004 - Megan Cloud (G) 2nd-Team
All-North Central Conference
1992 – Shawna Paskert
1993 – Shawna Paskert
1996 – Steph Erwin
1997 – Jennifer Childress
1998 – Jennifer Childress
1999 – Trish Martin
2001 – Trish Martin
2002 – Erica Thein
1973 – Jennifer Galles
1975 – Barb Swalve
1976 – Connie Hauswirth
1976 - Barb Swalve
1977 – Rita Bobolz
1978 – Rita Bobolz
1980 – Rhonda Andresen
1981 – Sue Berens
1982 – Sue Berens
1982 - Lerlean Johnson
1983 – Sue Berens
1983 - Lerlean Johnson
1984 – Lerlean Johnson
1985 – Amy Wilhelm
1986 – Amy Wilhelm
1987 – Amy Wilhelm
1989 – Paula Hunter
1989 - Gina Schuldt
CoSIDA Academic All-Americans
2016 - Jessica Tietz, 1st-Team
2017 - Lexi Ackerman, Jenna Bork, Lauren Lehmkuhl
2016 - Lexi Ackerman, Allison Bachman, Jessica Tietz
2015 - Allison Bachman, Ashley Schroeder, Jessica Tietz
2014 - Leann Osten, Ashley Schroeder
2013 - Shelby Beaudette, Hanna Blum, Randi Ebert, Leann Osten, Meredith Wahl
2012 - Brittany Alfredson, Shelby Beaudette, Hanna Blum, Brianna Mozer
2011 - Brittany Alfredson, Shelby Beaudette, Hanna Blum, Emily Christen, Brianna Mozer
2010 - Emily Christen, Sarah Culp, Roni Miller, Katie Sponder, Brittany Williamson
2009 - Cara Anderson, Autumn Bartel, Emily Christen, Sarah Culp, Mackenzi Mendlik, Roni Miller, Brittany Williamson
2008 - Autumn Bartel, Mackenzi Mendlik, Kristi Tighe, Brittany Williamson
2007 - Paula Kloewer, Betsy Reynolds
2006 - Betsy Reynolds, Beth Watson
2005 - Beth Watson
2004 - Kate Lokken
2003 - Kate Lokken