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Bartel, Morningside women take nine-game winning streak into BCU Tournament

Friday, December 28, 2007

The Morningside women's basketball team went 2-0 at the Hoop 'N Surf Classic on Dec. 19 and 20 in Honolulu, Hawaii, to stretch its winning streak to nine games. The Mustangs toppled Misericordia University 78-51 on Dec. 19 and rolled past Pacific University 97-60 on Dec. 20.

Kristi Tighe came off the bench to lead the Mustangs with 21 points behind a seven-for-13 shooting performance from beyond the 3-point arc in the win against Misericordia. She was joined in double figures by Autumn Bartel with 13 points, J.J. Hall with 13, and Dani Gass with 10.

The Mustangs made a school-record 18 3-point field goals in their win against Pacific. Tighe led the way with seven 3-pointers in 13 attempts and finished with a team-high 21 points in her first start of the season. J.J. Hall was next with 18 points, followed by Bartel, 15. Bartel and Hall each had three steals to share game honors.

Bartel, a 5-8 junior guard from Cherokee, Iowa, is in 23rd place on Morningside's all-time scoring list with 868 career points. She is 17 points behind Sloane Rolloff (1989-93) and Steph Erwin (1992-96), who are tied for 21st place on Morningside's all-time scoring list with 885 career points. Bartel has averaged 10.7 points per game during her Morningside career. Bartel had a team-high 10th and 11th double figure scoring performances of the season in the Hawaii games. Bartel, the Mustangs' leading scorer with an average of 13.4 points per game, made six of 10 field goal attempts against Misericordia and drilled six of eight floor shots against Pacific. She has shot 50 percent or higher from the field in five of the Mustangs' last six games, including each of the last four. She has made 34 of 62 field goal attempts for 54.8 percent over the last five games. Bartel is the Mustangs' best 3-point field goal shooter with 24 treys in 48 attempts for 50.0 percent. Aside from her shooting and scoring exploits, Bartel ranks second on the team with 40 assists and 37 steals for norms of 2.9 assists and 2.6 steals per game. She dealt four assists in the Pacific game for her third highest assist total of the season.

Morningside has made 143 of 387 3-point field goal attempts for 37.0 percent and is averaging 10.2 3-point field goals per game. The Mustangs are averaging 86.6 points per game and have outscored their opponents by an average margin of 24.0 points per game. Morningside has outrebounded its foes by an average margin of 1.3 caroms per game and is outrebounding the opposition for the first time since the 2000-01 season. Morningside has limited its opposition to a team scoring average of 62.6 points per game and has pressured its foes into an average of 28.3 turnovers per game. The Mustangs have held their opposition to scoring totals below 70 points in 11 of their 14 games, including each of the last eight. Morningside has a 130-28 record for a .823 winning percentage since the start of the 2003-04 campaign. During that span the Mustangs are 60-6 for a .909 winning percentage on their home court. Morningside has either won a share of the GPAC's regular season championship or won the title outright each of the past three seasons. Morningside has posted four consecutive 20-win seasons, including a pair of 30-win campaigns, for the first time in school history. The Mustangs had records of 34-4 in 2003-04, 35-3 in 2004-05, 28-7 in 2005-06, and 21-12 last winter.

This week:

Dec. 28-29- at Briar Cliff Tournament

Dec. 28 vs. Haskell Indian Nations University, 1 p.m.

Dec. 29 vs. Peru State College, 1 p.m.

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