Jessica Tietz broke two school records during the 2015-16 women’s basketball season.
Morningside College was the best shooting team in the nation in the NAIA Division II women’s basketball ranks during the 2015-16 season.
The Mustangs made 1099 of 2338 field goal attempts to lead the nation in field goal accuracy at 47.0 percent.
The shooting marksmanship of Jessica Tietz, a 6-2 senior forward from Bancroft, Neb., played a major role in the Mustangs’ shooting success. Tietz drilled a team-high 227 field goals in 356 attempts for 63.8 percent to lead the nation and as well as shatter her own Morningside record for field goal percentage in a season of 58.9 percent she set last year. Tietz also broke a school record for career shooting accuracy by making 592 of 1001 career field goal attempts for 59.1 percent to break the Mustangs’ former record of 57.1 percent set by 2015 graduate Ashlynn Muhl.
Tietz was the Mustangs’ leading scorer and rebounder this past season with averages of 15.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. She was the Mustangs’ leading scorer in 17 of their 36 contests and was also their top rebounder 17 times. Tietz had career highs of 32 points in an 80-74 victory against Dakota Wesleyan University on Feb. 10 and 15 rebounds in a 97-68 blowout triumph against city rival Briar Cliff University on Feb. 27 in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Post-Season Tournament Semifinals for the Mustangs’ top individual scoring and rebounding performances of the season.
Aside from leading the Mustangs in scoring, rebounding, and field goal accuracy, Tietz also topped the team with 40 blocked shots for an average of 1.1 rejections per game.
Tietz finished her career as the ninth leading scorer and 11th leading rebounder in Morningside history with 1431 career points and 778 career rebounds, respectively. She averaged 10.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per game over her four-year career.
Lexi Ackerman, a 5-10 junior guard from Rock Rapids, Iowa, was the Mustangs’ second leading scorer with an average of 12.9 points per game and was one of the top playmakers in the nation with 168 assists to rank ninth nationally with an average of 4.7 assists per game. She was second on the team with 74 steals for an average of 2.1 per game. Ackerman made a team-high 114 free throws in 143 attempts to rank among the Mustangs’ best free throw shooters at 79.7 percent.
Ackerman, a three-year starter, surpassed the 1000-point career milestone during the season and will enter her senior campaign as the 21st leading scorer in Morningside history with 1172 career points to go along with career totals of 417 assists and 210 steals. She has dealt at least one assist in 90 consecutive games dating back to her freshman season.
The Mustangs had a third player with a double figure scoring average in Madison Braun, a 5-8 sophomore guard from Bellevue, Neb., who averaged 12.2 points per game. Braun did much of her scoring from long range with a team-high 83 3-point field goals in 209 attempts for 39.7 percent. Braun had one of the Mustangs’ top individual scoring performances of the season when she poured in a career-high 30 points to lead the Mustangs to an 84-65 victory against Cardinal Stritch University in the second round of the NAIA Division II National Tournament. Aside from leading the team with 83 3-point field goals, Braun also topped the Mustangs with 79 steals for an average of 2.2 thefts per game.
Braun has scored 747 points after her first two seasons with the Mustangs for 45th place on Morningside’s all-time scoring list.
Lauren Lehmkuhl, a 6-0 sophomore forward from Wakefield, Neb., was the Mustangs’ most accurate 3-point shooter with 59 3-point field goals in 131 attempts for 45.0 percent to rank fifth nationally in 3-point accuracy. Lehmkuhl was the top scorer and rebounder off the Mustangs’ bench with averages of 8.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. She provided the Mustangs with a team-high 14 double figure scoring performances off the bench, including a career-high 17 points in a 93-64 triumph against the University of California Merced in the first round of the NAIA Division II National Tournament.
Taylor Bahensky, a 5-9 junior guard from Omaha, Neb., averaged 7.4 points per game and was the Mustangs’ top free throw shooter with 48 free throws in 60 attempts for 80.0 percent.
Bahensky has scored 795 points in three seasons to put her in 39th place on Morningside’s all-time scoring list.
Jordyn Wollenburg, a 5-10 senior forward from Gretna, Neb., averaged a career-high 7.3 points per game and was the Mustangs’ second leading rebounder with a norm of 5.5 caroms per contest. Wollenburg also ranked second on the team in assists with 91 for an average of 2.8 per game.
Wollenburg finished her career as the 16th leading rebounder and 46th leading scorer in Morningside history with 583 career rebounds and 744 career points, respectively.
Allison Bachman, a 5-9 senior guard from Fremont, Neb., also moved up Morningside’s career scoring and rebounding lists this season. Bachman was the second highest scorer and rebounder off the Mustangs’ bench with averages of 5.8 points and 3.4 rebounds per game.
Bachman finished her collegiate career as the 34th leading scorer in Morningside history with 864 career points and as the Mustangs’ 43rd leading all-time rebounder with 335 caroms.
Morningside posted a 33-3 record during the 2015-16 season and won the GPAC regular season championship with a 20-2 league record and the GPAC Post-Season Tournament championship with an 80-59 victory against Dakota Wesleyan in the title game. The Mustangs finished five games in front of runner-ups Dakota Wesleyan and Mount Marty College to win the GPAC regular season title by the largest margin in the history of the league.
Morningside has posted 13 consecutive 20-win seasons and has made 14 consecutive appearances in the NAIA Division II National Tournament. The Mustangs have a 396-72 record for a .846 winning percentage over the last 13 seasons and were NAIA Division II National Champions in 2004, 2005, 2009, and 2015.