Braun leads Mustangs in scoring during 2016-17 campaign
Madison Braun, a 5-8 junior guard from Bellevue, Neb., was the leading scorer for the Morningside College women’s basketball team during the 2016-17 season.
Braun scored 525 points for an average of 15.9 points per game. She led the Mustangs with 27 double figure scoring performances and had a team-high 10 scoring performances of 20 points or more, including a career-high 33 points in an 83-63 regular season triumph against College of the Ozarks. Braun was one of the nation’s most prolific 3-point field goal shooters with 97 3-point field goals for the eighth highest total in the NAIA Division II ranks. She made 97 of 256 3-point field goal attempts for 37.9 percent and was one of the Mustangs’ best free throw shooters with 70 free throws in 84 attempts for 83.3 percent.
Aside from her scoring exploits, Braun topped the Mustangs with 116 steals and ranked second on the team with 71 assists. She ranked second in the nation with her 116 steals and third with an average of 3.5 steals per game.
Braun, a three-year starter, has scored 1272 points for an average of 11.9 points per game during her Morningside career to rank 18th on the college’s all-time scoring list. Braun has made 252 3-point field goals over the last three seasons to move within striking distance of the Morningside record of 317 career 3-point field goals held by 2005 graduate Megan Cloud.
The Mustangs’ leading rebounder was Lauren Lehmkuhl, a 6-0 junior forward from Wakefield, Neb., who averaged 7.8 rebounds per game and was the team’s third leading scorer with an average of 13.2 points per contest. Lehmkuhl had the Mustangs’ top single game scoring and rebounding performances of the season with a career-high 36 points in a 101-73 victory against College of Saint Mary and a career-high 16 rebounds in a 68-54 triumph against the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez. Lehmkuhl posted a team-high nine double doubles and was the Mustangs’ leading rebounder in 20 of their 33 contests, including 13 of their last 16 games.
Lehmkuhl was the Mustangs’ most accurate shooter from the 3-point arc with 69 3-point field goals in 180 attempts for 38.3 percent and from the foul line with 34 free throws in 38 attempts for 89.5 percent.
Lehmkuhl will enter her senior season as the 40th leading scorer and 26th leading rebounder in Morningside history with 819 career points and 486 career rebounds, respectively.
Lexi Ackerman, a 5-10 senior guard from Rock Rapids, Iowa, dealt a team-high 107 assists for an average of 3.2 per game. Ackerman was the Mustangs’ second leading scorer and rebounder with career-high averages of 15.2 points and 5.5 rebounds per game and also ranked second on the team with 57 steals for a norm of 1.7 per game. Ackerman made a team-high 181 field goals in 384 attempts for 47.1 percent and converted a team-high 101 of 155 free throw attempts for 65.2 percent.
Ackerman, a four-year starter, dealt 524 career assists for the third highest total in Morningside history. She is the seventh leading scorer in Morningside history with 1674 career points and the 19th leading rebounder in the Mustangs’ annals with 563 career rebounds. Ackerman averaged 11.7 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game over her Morningside career.
Sydney Hupp, a 6-0 freshman forward from O’Neill, Neb., led the Mustangs in field goal accuracy with 101 field goals in 173 attempts for 58.4 percent. She came on strong over the second half of the season by drilling 75 of 114 field goal attempts for 65.8 percent over the final 19 games of the campaign. Aside from leading the Mustangs in field goal percentage, Hupp also topped the team with 27 blocked shots. Hupp was the Mustangs’ most productive newcomer with averages of 8.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.
Taylor Bahensky, a 5-9 senior guard from Omaha, Neb., was the Mustangs’ fourth leading scorer with an average of 9.9 points per game and reached the 1000-point career milestone during the season. Bahensky scored 1123 career points for 26th place on Morningside’s all-time scoring list. She averaged 9.0 points per game for her career.
Morningside posted a 24-9 record and finished in third place in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) standings with a 14-6 league record during the 2016-17 campaign. Morningside has posted 14 consecutive 20-win seasons and has made 15 consecutive appearances in the NAIA Division II National Tournament. The Mustangs have a 420-81 record for a .838 winning percentage over the last 14 seasons and were NAIA Division II National Champions in 2004, 2005, 2009, and 2015.