Hupp game winner puts Mustangs in GPAC Semifinals
Sydney Hupp made a layup with two seconds left to lift No. 13 Morningside to a 69-67 victory against No. 12 Hastings in Wednesday’s GPAC Women’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinal in Hastings, Neb.
Hupp’s winning hoop was set up by Jordyn Moser, who penetrated into the lane and dished an assist to Hupp for the deciding shot.
The Mustangs improved their record to 21-10 and advanced to this Saturday’s GPAC Semifinals and a 3 p.m. matchup against second-ranked Concordia in Seward, Neb.
Morningside avenged a pair of regular season defeats with its quarterfinal round victory against Hastings and will hope to follow the same formula in the semifinals after it lost 95-64 and 88-80 against Concordia during the regular season.
Madison Braun poured in a game-high 22 points to lead the Mustangs to their victory at Hastings. Braun, who scored 17 of her points after the intermission, led the Mustangs in scoring for the 13th time in their last 16 games. Braun, the NAIA II national leader in 3-point field goals, bombed in five of eight 3-point shots to raise her season’s total to 120 3-pointers to close within 10 treys of the Morningside record of 130 3-pointers in a season set by Kate Lokken in the Mustangs’ 2003-04 NAIA Division II National Championship campaign.
Lauren Lehmkuhl is also approaching a milestone after she tossed in a season’s high 14 points behind a three-for-five shooting performance from the 3-point arc. Lehmkuhl raised her career scoring tally to 996 points to move within four points of becoming the 29th 1000-point scorer in Morningside women’s basketball history.
Hupp and Moser also scored in double figures with 11 points each, followed by Sierra Mitchell with seven tallies.
Grace Meyer came off the Mustangs’ bench to grab a team and season’s high seven rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to prevent a 36-31 Hastings rebounding advantage. Braun and Hupp were right behind with six caroms each.
Moser dealt four assists to match the Broncos’ Emma Grenfell for game honors.
Holly Hild led the Broncos with 16 points and was joined in double figures by Grenfell with 15 and Shandra Farmer with 13.
Morningside shot 46.3 percent from the field, including an 11-for-22 effort for 50.0 percent from the 3-point arc. Hastings shot just 37.9 percent from the field.
The teams played to ties of 16, 30 and 48 points after each of the first three quarters. A 3-pointer by Braun, a conventional 3-point play by Moser and a jump shot by Hupp staked the Mustangs to a 56-50 lead with 8:22 left in the game.
Hastings tied the game at 59 on a jump shot by Farmer with 3:34 left and the Broncos took a 62-61 lead on a 3-pointer by Farmer with 2:43 left.
Morningside led 67-65 before Farmer made two free throws with nine second left to tie the score and set up Hupp’s game winning shot.