Tenth-ranked Morningside rolled to its ninth victory in a row with a 95-51 victory against Dakota State in Tuesday’s women’s basketball game in Madison, S.D.
The Mustangs, who improved their record to 11-2, staked themselves to a 25-14 lead by the end of the first quarter and never looked back. Morningside outscored the Trojans in every quarter, including a 32-12 differential in the second quarter to open an insurmountable 57-26 advantage by the intermission. The Mustangs stretched their lead to 72-37 after three quarters.
Madison Braun led the Mustangs with a game-high 19 points behind a five-for-13 shooting performance from the 3-point arc to top the team in scoring for the ninth time in their first 13 games. Aside from her scoring exploits, Braun flashed her defensive skills with a career-high eight steals to help pressure the Trojans into 32 turnovers.
Morningside had three players score in double figures and two of them came from the bench with career-high scoring performances of 18 points from Jenna Bork and 15 points from Erin Schleicher.
Bork, who topped her previous career scoring best of 12 points against College of Saint Mary earlier this season, drilled four of six 3-point field goal attempts to go along with three steals and three assists. Schleicher, who made six of 11 floor shots, shattered her previous career scoring standard of six points against Haskell Indian Nations earlier this season. She also grabbed a career-high six rebounds to top her previous best of five caroms against Peru State as a freshman.
The Mustangs had 13 different players score in the blowout victory. Tayte Hansen, Lauren Lehmkuhl and Alexandra Gill each scored six points, followed by Jordyn Moser, five points; Sydney Hupp, four; Rachelle Housh, four; Grace Meyer, four; Sierra Mitchell, three; Mady Maly, three; and Jenna Heine, two.
Schleicher’s six rebounds paced the Mustangs to a 44-40 rebounding advantage. Lehmkuhl and Gill were right behind with five caroms.
Meyer dealt a game-high four assists.
Morningside made 35 of 85 field goal attempts for 41.2 percent and cashed in on 11 of 12 free throw attempts for 91.7 percent.
Aside from pressuring the Trojans into 32 turnovers, the Mustangs’ defensive play helped limit the Trojans to only 20 field goals in 52 attempts for a chilly 38.5 percent.
Morningside will return to the GPAC portion of its schedule with a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee at city rival Briar Cliff.