Morningside’s Ashlynn Muhl and Leann Osten were both named NAIA Division II honorable mention All-Americans
Ashlynn Muhl, a 6-0 junior forward from Minneota, Minn., and Leann Osten, a 5-6 senior guard from Columbus, Neb., were both named NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball honorable mention All-Americans.
Muhl, a two-time first-team All-Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) performer, earned honorable mention All-America recognition for the second year in a row. She was the Mustangs’ leading rebounder and second leading scorer this season with averages of 8.0 rebounds and 11.6 points per game. Muhl had a team-high 10 double-doubles, including two in the NAIA Division II National Tournament, and was Morningside’s leading rebounder in 23 of its 36 games. She had the Mustangs’ top individual rebounding performance of the season with a 14-board haul against William Penn University on Nov. 9.
Aside from leading the Mustangs in rebounding, Muhl also topped the team in field goal accuracy with 147 hoops in 258 attempts for 57.0 percent. Muhl shot 50 percent or higher from the field in 24 of the 33 games where she took a shot. She converted a team-high 109 of 153 free throw attempts for 71.2 percent.
Muhl is the 19th leading rebounder and 35th leading scorer in Morningside history with 538 career rebounds and 807 career points, respectively.
Osten was the Mustangs’ leading scorer with a career-high average of 12.3 points per game to compliment a norm of 1.9 rebounds per contest. Osten also led the team with career-high totals of 115 assists and 103 steals for averages of 3.2 assists and 2.9 steals per game. She scored a career-high 30 points against Northwestern College in the GPAC Post-Season Tournament Championship Game for the Mustangs’ top individual scoring performance of the season. She made 155 of 357 field goal attempts for 43.4 percent, 36 of 123 3-point field goal attempts for 29.3 percent, and 98 of 129 free throw attempts for 76.0 percent.
Osten, a three-year starter, was one of the most improved players in the GPAC this season after she entered the campaign with a career scoring average of 6.2 points per game. She finished her career in 23rd place on Morningside’s all-time scoring list with 1,056 career points.
Morningside posted a 29-7 record, including a 16-4 record in the GPAC to share the league’s regular season championship with Northwestern, Concordia University, and Hastings College. The Mustangs made a school-record 12th consecutive appearance in the NAIA Division II National Tournament, where they reached the Elite Eight before an 82-71 loss against Cardinal Stritch University in the quarterfinals.
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