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Mustangs announce women's basketball recruits

March 25, 2017, in Athletics, Women's Basketball

Morningside women’s basketball head coach Jamie Sale announced the names of nine high school recruits who will join the Mustangs for the 2017-18 season.

The recruits are:

Lindley Daubert, a 5-9 guard from Omaha, Neb. Daubert is a senior at Elkhorn South High School, where she earned honorable mention Class B all-state honors from the Omaha World-Herald and the Lincoln Journal-Star in addition to first-team All-Eastern Midlands Conference honors this past season. She averaged 7.5 points and 4.4 rebounds per game and had 45 steals for a norm of 1.8 thefts per contest.

Daubert earned honorable mention all-state honors from the Omaha World-Herald and the Lincoln Journal-Star as a junior when she helped lead Elkhorn South to Nebraska’s Class B state championship. Daubert averaged 9.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game for the state champions.

Ashlyn Ekdahl, a 5-9 guard from Omaha, Neb. Ekdahl is a senior at Millard North High School, where she was a two-time honorable mention All-Metro Conference performer and ranks second in school history with 108 career 3-point field goals. She averaged 7.6 points and 3.5 rebounds per game this past season.

Ekdahl averaged 7.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game as a junior en route to honorable mention Class A all-state recognition from the Lincoln Journal-Star. That season she went 12-for-12 from the foul line against Omaha Marian to set a school single-game record for free throw shooting accuracy.

She averaged a career-high 10.8 points per game as a sophomore and scored at a 5.9-point clip as a freshman.

Tayte Hansen, a 5-7 guard from York, Neb. Hansen is a senior at York High School, where she helped lead the Dukes to the semifinals of Nebraska’s Class B state tournament each of the past three seasons. Hansen, an Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal-Star honorable mention all-stater, was York’s second leading scorer this season with an average of 9.1 points per game. She averaged 3.9 rebounds per game and dealt 93 assists for a norm of 3.4 assists per contest. Hansen made 79 of 196 field goal attempts for 40.3 percent, 32 of 97 3-point field goal attempts for 33.0 percent and 55 of 76 free throw attempts for 72.4 percent. Hansen had season’s highs of 21 points against Beatrice and 10 rebounds against Ralston and South Sioux City.

Hansen earned honorable mention Class B all-state recognition from the Omaha World-Herald and the Lincoln Journal-Star as a junior when she was York’s leading scorer with an average of 10.5 points per game to compliment averages of 2.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.6 steals per game. She was the Dukes’ best 3-point shooter with 39 3-point field goals in 105 attempts for 37.1 percent and the team’s best free throw shooter with 67 free throws in 83 attempts for 80.7 percent. Hansen also earned honorable mention all-state honors from the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal-Star as a sophomore when she averaged 6.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.4 steals per game.

Mady Maly, a 5-5 guard from Wahoo, Neb. Maly is a senior at Wahoo Bishop Neumann High School, where she is the school’s all-time leader with 481 career assists and ranks second in school history with 137 career 3-point field goals. Maly earned honorable mention all-state recognition from the Omaha World-Herald and the Lincoln Journal-Star after she averaged 8.9 points, 5.0 assists and 1.3 steals per game to help lead the Cavaliers to a third place finish at this year’s Nebraska Class C-1 state tournament.

Maly averaged a career-high 10.5 points per game to compliment norms of 4.3 assists and 1.2 steals per game as a junior en route to second-team Class C-1 all-state honors from the Lincoln Journal-Star in addition to honorable mention all-state recognition from the Omaha World-Herald. She was an Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal-Star honorable mention all-stater as a sophomore when she averaged 8.6 points, 5.3 assists and 1.1 steals per game. Maly averaged 4.0 assists and 3.7 points per game as a freshman.

Faith Meyer, a 5-6 guard from Fonda, Iowa. Meyer is a senior at Pocahontas Area High School, where she scored 1244 career points and helped lead the Indians to Class 3A state championships each of the past two years and a runner-up finish in 2015. This past season she was a second-team Class 3A all-state selection of the Iowa Newspaper Association (INA) and Iowa Girls Coaches Association (IGCA), a Des Moines Register honorable mention all-stater and a Sioux City Journal third-team All-Northwest Iowa selection. Meyer was the Indians’ second leading scorer with an average of 12.7 points per game to compliment an average of 4.0 rebounds per contest. She had 110 steals and 106 assists for norms of 3.9 steals and 3.8 assists per game. Meyer made 133 of 235 field goal attempts for 56.6 percent, 37 of 93 3-point field goal attempts for 39.8 percent and 53 of 74 free throw attempts for 71.6 percent.

Meyer was also a second-team INA and IGCA all-stater as well as a fourth-team Sioux City Journal All-Northwest Iowa performer as a junior when she averaged 12.6 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. She had 116 steals and 92 assists for averages of 4.3 steals and 3.4 assists per game. Meyer averaged 12.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game and made a career-high 59 3-point field goals as a sophomore en route to third-team INA and IGCA all-state laurels. She started as a freshman and averaged 8.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game.

Grace Meyer, a 5-7 guard from Fonda, Iowa, and the twin sister of Faith Meyer. Meyer is a senior at Pocahontas Area High School, where she helped lead the Indians to a 79-3 record and two state championships over the past three seasons. Meyer earned first-team Class 3A all-state laurels from the INA in addition to second-team IGCA all-state and fifth-team Sioux City Journal All-Northwest Iowa honors this past season. She averaged 9.0 points and a team-high 6.1 rebounds per game and had 136 assists and 86 steals for norms of 4.9 assists and 3.1 steals per contest. Meyer made 97 of 223 field goal attempts for 43.5 percent and 41 of 132 3-point field goal attempts for 31.1 percent.

She was a second-team INA and IGCA all-stater and a fifth-team Sioux City Journal All-Northwest Iowa performer as a junior when she averaged 10.5 points and a team-high 6.9 rebounds per game. Meyer dealt 136 assists and had 86 steals for averages of 4.9 assists and 3.1 steals per game. She made 111 of 214 field goal attempts for 51.9 percent and 37 of 105 3-point field goal attempts for 35.2 percent. Meyer, a four-year starter, averaged 8.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.7 steals and 3.1 assists per game as a sophomore and 4.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.8 steals and 2.8 assists as a freshman.

Sierra Mitchell, a 5-6 guard from Pleasant Hill, Iowa. Mitchell is a senior at Southeast Polk High School, where she was a second-team INA and IGCA Class 5A all-state selection and a Des Moines Register honorable mention all-stater this past season. Mitchell made 88 3-point field goals for the second highest total in the state. She was Southeast Polk’s leading scorer with an average of 18.1 points per game to compliment averages of 3.5 rebounds and a team-high 1.7 steals per contest. Mitchell made 88 of 231 3-point field goal attempts for 38.1 percent and 52 of 63 free throw attempts for 82.5 percent to lead Southeast Polk in 3-point and free throw shooting accuracy.

Mitchell was a third-team IGCA all-stater as a junior when she averaged 11.0 points per game and made 57 of 147 3-point field goal attempts for 38.8 percent and 22 of 24 free throw attempts for 91.7 percent. She averaged 7.8 points per game and made 45 of 120 3-point field goal attempts for 37.5 percent as a sophomore.

Carissa Powell, a 6-1 forward from South Sioux City, Neb. Powell is a senior at South Sioux City High School, where she scored 1146 career points and helped lead the Cardinals to this year’s Nebraska Class B state championship. She earned second-team all-state honors from the Omaha World-Herald and honorable mention all-state recognition from the Lincoln Journal-Star. Powell was South Sioux City’s second leading scorer and top rebounder with averages of 12.4 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. She also topped the Cardinals with 33 blocked shots and ranked second on the team with 48 steals for averages of 1.2 blocked shots and 1.7 steals per contest and led the team in field goal accuracy with 156 hoops in 279 attempts for 55.9 percent. Powell scored a season’s high 22 points against Sioux City North and had a season’s high 14 rebounds against Sioux City Bishop Heelan Catholic High School.

Powell averaged a team-high 17.2 points and 6.5 rebounds per game as a junior to earn honorable mention Class A all-state recognition from the Omaha World-Herald and the Lincoln Journal-Star. She had 54 steals and a team-high 46 blocked shots for norms of 2.2 steals and 1.8 blocked shots per game and drilled 194 of 317 field goal attempts for a team-high 61.2 percent. She had career highs of 38 points against Sioux Falls Lincoln and 16 rebounds against Beatrice. Powell also earned Class A honorable mention all-state recognition from the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal-Star as a sophomore when she averaged 13.0 points and a team-high 7.4 rebounds and 3.5 blocked shots per game and led the Cardinals in field goal accuracy at 56.7 percent.

Kenna Rieck, a 5-8 guard from Hartley, Iowa. Rieck is a senior at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn High School, where she was a Sioux City Journal fourth-team All-Northwest Iowa selection this past season. She was Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn’s leading scorer and rebounder with averages of 13.7 points and 7.2 rebounds per game and also topped the team with 99 assists and 70 steals for norms of 4.3 assists and 3.0 steals per contest. She made 107 of 240 field goal attempts for 44.6 percent and a team-high 50 3-point field goals in 130 attempts for 38.5 percent to lead the team in field goal and 3-point field goal accuracy.

Rieck averaged 9.0 points and a team-high 10.5 rebounds per game as a junior. She dealt a team-high 127 assists and ranked second on the team with 68 steals for averages of 5.5 assists and 3.0 steals per game. Rieck led the Hawks in field goal accuracy with 76 hoops in 159 attempts for 47.8 percent. As a sophomore, Rieck averaged a team-high 6.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game to compliment norms of 6.7 points and 2.4 steals per contest. She averaged 7.8 points per game and a team-high 6.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game as a freshman.

The recruits will join a Morningside team that posted a 24-9 record during the 2016-17 season for its school-record 14th consecutive 20-win season. The Mustangs made a 15th consecutive appearance in the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship, where they advanced to the tournament’s second round before an 80-72 loss against College of the Ozarks. Morningside has a 420-81 record for a .838 winning percentage over the last 14 seasons and won NAIA Division II National Championships in 2004, 2005, 2009 and 2015.