The Morningside College women's basketball team, including junior starter Autumn Bartel from Cherokee, plays in the Surf N Turf Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii this week. The Mustangs play Misericordia University at 6 p.m. CST on Wednesday Dec. 19 and Pacific University at 8 p.m. CST on Thursday December 20.
Amy Bartel, Cherokee Washington alum. File photo
Morningside stretched its winning streak to seven games with an 85-60 victory against GPAC rival Dana College on Dec. 8 in the Rosen Verdoorn Sports Center. The Mustangs put the game away early with a 21-4 scoring run to start the contest. Kristi Tighe came off the bench to lead the Mustangs with a game-high 18 points. She was joined in double figures by Dani Gass with 15 points, J.J. Hall with 15, Autumn Bartel with 12, and Brittany Williamson with 11. Leslie Foral was next with six points, followed by Katie Sponder with four and Roni Miller with four. Morningside outrebounded Dana 37-29 and pressured the Vikings into 31 turnovers. Gass and Foral shared game honors with seven rebounds to lead the Mustangs to their rebounding advantage. Gass and Bartel shared game honors with six assists. Gass added a game-high five steals.
Morningside was ranked fourth nationally in the NAIA Division II poll released on Dec. 12.
1.College of the Ozarks (Mo.), 10-0; 2.Northwestern (Iowa), 12-0; 3.Saint Francis (Ind.), 7-1; 4.Morningside (Iowa), 10-2; 5.Davenport (Mich.), 8-1
Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Standings
1.Morningside, 4-0; 2.Northwestern, 3-0; 3.Concordia, Doane, and Hastings, 4-1; 6.Briar Cliff, 3-2; 7.Midland Lutheran, 2-2; 8.Dakota Wesleyan, 2-3; 9.Nebraska Wesleyan and Sioux Falls, 1-3; 11.Dordt, 1-4; 12.Mount Marty, 0-4; 13.Dana, 0-5.