Mustang head coach Jamie Sale announced the names of 13 high school recruits who will join the women’s basketball team next season.
Morningside head women’s basketball coach Jamie Sale announced the names of 13 high school recruits who will join the Mustangs for the 2015-16 season.
The recruits are:
Tristan Beaulieu, a 5-9 forward from Sioux City. Beaulieu is a senior at Sioux City Bishop Heelan Catholic High School, where she received second-team Class 4A all-state honors from the Iowa Newspaper Association, Des Moines Register, and the Iowa Girls Coaches Association this past season after she led the Crusaders to a 21-4 record and a state tournament appearance. Aside from her all-state laurels, Beaulieu was also a first-team All-Missouri River Activities Conference selection and a Sioux City Journal All-Metro and second-team All-Northwest Iowa pick.
Beaulieu averaged 12.4 points and a team-high 6.0 rebounds per game during her senior campaign. She had 73 assists and a team-high 57 steals for averages of 2.9 assists and 2.3 steals per game. Beaulieu also topped the Crusaders with 10 blocked shots. She made 94 of 217 field goal attempt for 43.3 percent and 116 of 173 free throw attempts for 67.1 percent.
She received Sioux City Journal honorable mention All-Metro recognition as a junior when she averaged 10.8 points and a team-high 7.7 rebounds per game. Beaulieu led Bishop Heelan Catholic with 15 blocked shots as a junior and with 11 rejections as a sophomore.
Audra Corbit, a 6-1 forward from Laurel, Neb. Corbit is a senior at Laurel-Concord-Coleridge High School, where she received honorable mention Class D-1 all-state recognition from the Omaha World-Herald and the Lincoln Journal-Star this past season. Corbit averaged a team-high 16.0 points and 7.8 rebounds per game to compliment averages of 3.2 steals and 2.5 blocked shots. She led the team with 64 steals and also topped the team in field goal accuracy with 129 field goals in 253 attempts for 51.0 percent. Corbit scored in double figures in 18 of her team’s 20 contests, including a season’s high 27 points against Winnebago. She had season’s highs of 16 rebounds against Ponca, seven blocked shots against Creighton, and seven steals in games against Osmond, Wakefield, and Randolph.
Corbit also received honorable mention all-state recognition from the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal-Star as a junior when she averaged 11.3 points and a team-high 7.7 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots per game and as a sophomore when she averaged 8.3 points and a team-high 6.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocked shots per game.
Danielle Eben, a 5-11 forward from George, Iowa. Eben is a senior at George-Little Rock High School, where she received first-team Class 1A all-state honors from the Iowa Newspaper Association this past season in addition to first-team All-Siouxland Conference and third-team Sioux City Journal All-Northwest honors. She averaged 12.2 points per game and led the Mustangs with averages of 6.9 rebounds and 1.0 blocked shots per contest. Eben made 113 of 243 field goal attempts for 46.5 percent.
She averaged 7.6 points per game and led George-Little Rock with 15 blocked shots and an average of 8.0 rebounds per game as a junior. Eben also led the Mustangs in rebounding (7.5 rpg) and blocked shots (18) to compliment a 7.1-point scoring average as a sophomore.
Alex Gill, a 6-0 forward from Omaha, Neb. Gill is a senior at Omaha Burke High School, where she earned Class A honorable mention all-state recognition from the Omaha World-Herald as a junior and senior. She averaged 5.8 points, 11.0 rebounds, and 2.7 blocked shots per game this past season. Gill was named her team’s Defensive Player of the Year and set a school record with 252 rebounds in a season.
As a junior she averaged 7.4 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds and 3.3 blocked shots per game.
Jenna Heine, a 5-7 guard from Hartington, Neb. Heine is a senior at Wynot High School, where she helped lead the team to a runner-up finish at this past season’s Class D-2 state tournament and played for Class D-2 state championship teams as a junior and sophomore. She averaged 14.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.4 steals, and 2.3 assists per game and made 44 of 120 3-point field goal attempts for 36.7 percent as a senior to earn first-team all-state honors from both the Omaha World-Herald and the Lincoln Journal-Star.
She earned honorable mention all-state recognition from the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal-Star as a junior when she averaged 10.3 points, 2.6 assists, and 2.1 steals per game.
Sidney Hidahl, a 5-10 forward from Sioux City. Hidahl is a senior at Sioux City East High School, where she scored 856 points during her Black Raider career for the second highest five-player total in school history. She was a first-team All-Missouri River Activities Conference (MRAC) performer and a Sioux City Journal All-Metro and fourth-team All-Northwest Iowa selection this past season. Hidahl led East in scoring and rebounding with averages of 14.9 points and 8.9 rebounds per game and also topped the team with 46 assists for an average of 1.9 per game. She made 113 of 242 field goal attempts for 46.7 percent and 131 of 165 free throw attempts for 79.4 percent to lead the team in both shooting categories. Her 131 made free throws was the eighth highest total in the state.
Hidahl also earned All-Metro, first-team All-MRAC, and fourth-team All-Northwest Iowa laurels as a junior when she averaged 12.5 points, 2.2 steals, and a team-high 8.3 rebounds per game and topped the Black Raiders in field goal accuracy with 100 hoops in 175 attempts for 57.1 percent. She averaged 6.7 points per game and grabbed a team-high 152 rebounds for a norm of 6.6 per game as a sophomore.
Kayla Kirchhoff, a 5-4 guard from Lewis, Iowa. Kirchhoff is a senior at Griswold High School, where she averaged 6.9 points and 2.0 rebounds per game and had 53 assists and 39 steals for norms of 2.5 assists and 1.9 steals per game this past season.
Lynsey Matulka, a 5-10 forward from Omaha, Neb. Matulka is a senior at Omaha Gross Catholic High School. Matulka averaged a double-double with norms of 14.5 points and 11.3 rebounds per game for Nebraska’s Class B state tournament semifinalists this past season to earn second-team all-state honors from both the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal-Star. Matulka, a first-team All-River Cities Conference performer, had 61 steals for an average of 2.2 per game and made 156 of 347 field goal attempts for 45.0 percent.
She averaged 9.1 points and a team-high 7.2 rebounds per game as a junior to earn honorable mention all-state recognition from the Omaha World-Herald. Matulka had six double figure rebounding performances, including a season’s high 13-board haul against South Sioux City.
Molly McInnis, a 5-10 forward from Beresford, S.D. McInnis is a senior at Beresford High School, where she averaged 9.5 points and a team-high 6.9 rebounds per game this past season en route to third-team Dak 12 Conference and all-region 4 honors. Aside from leading the team in rebounding, McInnis also topped the Watchdogs with 43 blocked shots for an average of 2.0 rejections per contest.
McInnis also led the Watchdogs in rebounding and blocked shots as a junior when she averaged 4.8 rebounds and 1.0 blocked shots per game to compliment a 5.4-point scoring average.
Laura Peters, a 5-5 guard from Ainsworth, Neb. Peters is a senior at Ainsworth High School, where she averaged 12.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game this past season en route to honorable mention Class C-1 all-state recognition from the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal-Star. She was Ainsworth’s top 3-point field goal threat with a team-high 48 treys in 136 attempts for 35.3 percent. Peters drilled five of seven 3-point field goal attempts when she scored a season’s high 24 points against West Holt. She had season’s highs of 11 rebounds against Gordon-Rushville and five steals against Ord.
Peters also received honorable mention all-state recognition from the Omaha World-Herald as a junior when she averaged 9.4 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.
Dezirae Reyes, a 5-8 guard from Storm Lake, Iowa. Reyes is a senior at Storm Lake High School, where she led the Tornadoes with an average of 1.4 assists per game this past season. She also averaged 4.1 points and 2.3 rebounds per contest.
Erin Schleicher, a 5-11 forward from Grand Island, Neb. Schleicher is a senior at Grand Island Northwest High School, where she helped lead the team to back-to-back Nebraska Class B state championships in 2013 and 2014. She averaged 6.1 points per game and was the Vikings’ second leading rebounder with a norm of 4.1 caroms per contest this past season.
Hanna Vanderloo, a 5-8 guard from Sioux City. Vanderloo is a senior at Sioux City East High School, where she received second-team All-Missouri River Activities Conference (MRAC) honors following a senior season where she averaged 8.7 points and 3.2 rebounds per game and made 73 of 174 field goal attempts for 42.0 percent.
She also received second-team All-MRAC laurels as a junior when she averaged 9.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.0 steals per contest. Vanderloo averaged 9.2 points and 2.9 rebounds per game as a sophomore en route to Sioux City Journal honorable mention All-Metro recognition.
The recruits will join one of the most successful women’s basketball programs in the nation. Morningside won its fourth NAIA Division II National Championship during the Jamie Sale coaching era this past season with a 59-57 victory against Concordia University in the 2015 NAIA Division II National Championship Game. The Mustangs finished with a 37-1 record for their school-record 12th consecutive 20-win season. The Mustangs won the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) regular season championship with a perfect 20-0 league record and made their 13th consecutive appearance in the NAIA Division II National Tournament. The Mustangs have a 363-69 record for a .840 winning percentage over the last 12 seasons and were NAIA Division II National Champions in 2004, 2005, 2009, and 2015.