Morningside’s Jamie Sale notched the 500th career victory of his collegiate coaching career when the Mustangs opened the women’s basketball season with a 93-72 win at Haskell Indian Nations University.
Morningside women’s basketball head coach Jamie Sale won the 500th game of his collegiate coaching career when fourth-ranked Morningside defeated No. 25 Haskell Indian Nations University 93-72 in the Mustangs’ season opener on Monday in Lawrence, Kan.
Sale has a 500-127 record for a .797 winning percentage in 18 plus seasons in the collegiate ranks, including a 421-107 record for a .797 victory rate at Morningside.
Sale has guided Morningside to four NAIA Division II National Championships, nine Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) regular season championships, 14 consecutive NAIA II National Tournament appearances, seven NAIA II Final Fours, and a school-record 13 consecutive 20-win seasons over the past 15 seasons at Morningside.
Sale, a five-time GPAC Coach of the Year, was named the NAIA II National Coach of the Year in 2004, 2005, 2009, and 2015 after he led Morningside to NAIA II National Championships in each of those years.
Sale was previously the head coach at Briar Cliff University, where his teams had a three-year record of 79-20.
He is the third active winningest women’s basketball coach in the NAIA II ranks with his 500 career victories.
Madison Braun scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Mustangs in their victory and Lauren Lehmkuhl was right behind with 24 tallies. Lehmkuhl drilled 11 of 15 field goal attempts and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds to lead the Mustangs to a commanding 38-23 advantage on the boards.
The Mustangs also received a double figure scoring performance from Lexi Ackerman with 14 points, while Jenna Bork just missed with eight tallies.
Aside from her game-high 25 points, Braun also had game-high totals of eight assists and four steals.
Morningside shot 51.4 percent from the field with 36 field goals in 70 attempts, including an 11-for-27 showing for 40.7 percent from the 3-point arc.