Sunday, January 13, 2019 – 10:30 AM
SIOUX CITY, IOWA – National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ Division II No. 9-ranked Morningside College and No. 12-ranked Dordt College channeled their inner prizefighter personalities over a white-knuckle 40-minute ride at Allee Gymnasium inside the Rosen Verdoorn Sports Center Saturday, Jan. 12.
Head coach Jamie Sale’s ever-steady offensive trio of sophomore guard Sierra Mitchell(SO/Pleasant Hill, IA) (Pleasant Hill, Iowa), junior forward/center Sydney Hupp (JR/O’Neill, NE) (O’Neill, Neb.) and junior guard Jordyn Moser (JR/Harlan, IA) (Harlan, Iowa) guided the Mustangs (16-4 overall, 8-4 Great Plains Athletic Conference) past a hard-nosed Defender bunch 91-83 in front of better than 1,000 vocal fans. The triumph moved the Maroon past their local foes into fourth on the league standings by a half-game and two and a half back of Northwestern College and Concordia University in second.
Mitchell, extending an amazing string of games with at least one three-pointer to 34, hit four as part of a 23-point, four-assist afternoon. Hupp, battling throughout against a big Dordt inside presence, played a pivotal role across the board winding up with 18 points, eight rebounds and a blocked shot to go along with five steals and four assists. Moser added 14 points, dished out four assists and picked up three steals.
Throwing point streak haymakers at each other was the order of the day in a contest that opened what looks to be an intriguing second half of the league schedule. The theme began from the outset, as the host Mustangs got the Defenders on the ropes quickly, scoring 16 of the first 21, but Dordt, not backing down, answered with 15 straight. The home team surged again in the second 10 minutes to hold a 47-34 halftime advantage behind a 29-14 stretch. However, the Black and Gold clad visitors rallied back, concluding a 31-11 run with a conventional three-point play at the 7:54 mark to the fourth quarter. Eventually, Morningside, winning for the ninth time in the last 10 outings, took one final turn on the run ride, going on a 14-3 skein to counter Dordt’s mammoth reversal which led to the game-ending eight-point margin.
The Mustangs take to the road for two in a row Wednesday, Jan. 16, and Saturday, Jan. 19. They travel to Omaha, Neb., for a match-up with the College of St. Mary Wednesday and to Orange City as part of a Saturday doubleheader against Northwestern.
Basketball Women’s Div II
Great Plains Athletic Conference