Lexi Ackerman and Madison Braun were named to the All-GPAC Women’s Basketball First Team.
Lexi Ackerman and Madison Braun were named to the 2016-17 All-Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Women’s Basketball First Team as selected by the league’s head coaches.
Ackerman, a 5-10 senior guard from Rock Rapids, Iowa, was named to the All-GPAC First Team for the third time in her career, joining Dani Gass, Ashlynn Muhl and Chelsie Trask as the only three-time first-team All-GPAC women’s basketball performers in Morningside history. Ackerman was a second-team All-GPAC selection and the GPAC Freshman of the Year during the 2013-14 campaign.
Ackerman is the Mustangs’ second leading scorer and rebounder with career-high averages of 15.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per game and the team leader with 102 assists for a norm of 3.3 per game. She is second on the team with 54 steals for an average of 1.7 thefts per contest. Ackerman has made 169 of 358 field goal attempts for 47.2 percent, 38 of 106 3-point field goal attempts for 35.8 percent and 92 of 140 free throw attempts for 65.7 percent.
She is the seventh leading scorer and 20th leading rebounder in Morningside history with 1640 career points and 552 career rebounds, respectively. She ranks third in Morningside history with 519 career assists and 10th with 264 career steals.
Braun, a 5-8 junior guard from Bellevue, Neb., is the Mustangs’ leading scorer with an average of 15.9 points per game to compliment a norm of 2.1 rebounds per contest. Braun has a team-high 26 double figure scoring performances and leads the team with nine scoring performances of 20 points or more. She has made a team-high 90 3-point field goals in 241 attempts for 37.3 percent and is one of the Mustangs’ best free throw shooters with 66 free throws in 80 attempts for 82.5 percent. Braun has made 168 of 377 field goal attempts for 44.6 percent.
Aside from her scoring exploits, Braun leads the Mustangs with 108 steals and is third on the team with 65 assists for averages of 3.5 steals and 2.1 assists per game.
Braun, a second-team All-GPAC selection as a sophomore, is the 19th leading scorer in Morningside history with 1239 career points and is ninth in the Mustangs’ record book with 272 career steals.
In addition to their two first-team selections, the Mustangs placed Lauren Lehmkuhl on the All-GPAC Second Team.
Lehmkuhl, a 6-0 junior forward from Wakefield, Neb., is the Mustangs’ leading rebounder and third leading scorer with averages of 7.6 rebounds and 13.8 points per game. Lehmkuhl has the Mustangs’ top single-game scoring and rebounding performances of the season with career-high totals of 36 points in the Mustangs’ 101-73 victory against College of Saint Mary and 16 rebounds in a 68-54 triumph against the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez. She has nine of the Mustangs’ 11 double doubles this season. Lehmkuhl has made 164 of 334 field goal attempts for 49.1 percent, 69 of 169 3-point field goal attempts for 40.8 percent and 32 of 36 free throw attempts for 88.9 percent.
Lehmkuhl is the 28th leading rebounder and 40th leading scorer in Morningside history with 466 career rebounds and 811 career points, respectively.
The Mustangs’ Taylor Bahensky, a 5-9 senior guard from Omaha, Neb., was named to the All-GPAC honorable mention list. Bahensky is averaging 9.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. Bahensky is second on the team with 68 assists for an average of 2.2 per game and has 39 steals for a norm of 1.3 per contest. She has made 98 of 241 field goal attempts for 40.7 percent, 37 of 112 3-point field goal attempts for 33.0 percent and 64 of 93 free throw attempts for 68.8 percent.
Bahensky, a first-team All-GPAC selection as a sophomore, is the 26th leading scorer in Morningside history with 1092 career points.
Morningside will take a 23-8 record into the NAIA Division II National Tournament scheduled for March 8-14 in Sioux City’s Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena. The Mustangs finished in a tie with Hastings College for third place in this season’s GPAC standings with a 14-6 league mark.
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