SIOUX CITY - Autumn Bartel, 5-8 senior guard for the undefeated and number one-ranked Morningside Mustangs Women's basketball team, was recently selected by the league coaches as a member of the 2008-2009 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) All-Conference First Team.
Bartel is the Mustangs' leading scorer this season, with an average of 15.3 points per game. She is also the team's leading free throw shooter, connecting on 98 of 122 attempts for 80.3 %, and has made 47.7% of her field goal attempts including 37.1 % of her three-point attempts (52/140). She has scored in double figures in 24 consecutive games, and is the fifth leading scorer in Morningside College history with 1,661 career points. Bartel also averaged 4.3 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 2.8 steals a game this season, and was selected as the GPAC Defensive Player of the Year.
Bartel's fellow senior teammate, Dani Gass, a four-time All-Conference first teamer,was named the GPAC Player of the Year, and their junior teammates, Laura Nelson and Brittany Williamson were named to the GPAC Second Team. Morningside coach Jamie Sales was named the GPAC Coach of the Year for the second year in a row after he led the Mustangs to their fifth consecutive GPAC regular season championship and first-ever undefeated season.
The Mustangs also won the GPAC Post-Season Tournament with a 64-56 victory over defending national champion Northwestern on Tuesday, and will take a 33-0 record into the NAIA Division II National Tournament, which will be played from March 11-17 at Sioux City's Tyson events Center/Gateway Arena.