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Northwestern @ Morningside 6 p.m. Wednesday, January 22, Sioux City, IA

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Nov262013
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Feb202008
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About MOR

Located in Sioux City, IA, Morningside College is a member of the Great Plains Athletic Conference.
Northwestern To Play Morningside in Match-Up of Top 10 Teams

Game Time...Second-ranked Northwestern heads to play #10 Morningside on Wednesday night in a GPAC women's basketball match-up between top-10 teams. Tip-off in Sioux City, Iowa, is scheduled for 6pm. Northwestern is in first place in the GPAC with a 10-0 record, 18-0 overall, while Morningside is tied with Dakota Wesleyan for fifth place in the GPAC with a 6-4 league mark, 15-5 overall. Follow the live stats at this link: Live Stats! or listen to the game via the KSOU broadcast here: Listen Now

All-Time...Northwestern trails the all-time series 41-27 but is an even 5-5 over the last 10 match-ups. The Red Raiders snapped a five-game losing streak to the Mustangs earlier this year, earning a 102-82 win on Nov. 26. Eight of the last 10 games have been decided by fewer than 10 points.

Last Time vs Morningside...Mackenzie Small scored a career-high 25 points and four other Red Raiders scored in double figures in leading Northwestern to a 102-82 win over Morningside earlier this year. 

Small went 8-for-12 from the field and knocked down 3-of-4 three-pointers in leading the NWC offense. Alli Engebretson poured in 18, adding four three-pointers, while Karen Hutson (17) and Samantha Kleinsasser (14) were also in double figures. 

Northwestern trailed by one early but used a 12-0 first-half run to pull ahead for good. They led by as much as 20 before a late Morningside surge cut the deficit to 45-34 by halftime. 

The host Red Raiders put Morningside away with an 8-0 run to start the second half and led by double digits for the entire second half. 

Northwestern shot 55% for the game, 53% (10-for-19) from the three-point line. Morningside shot 37% for the game and was led by Ashlynn Muhl with 14 points and 11 rebounds. 

Morningside News and Notes...The Mustangs dropped one spot to 10th in this week's NAIA D-II women's basketball coaches' poll after losing to #9 Hastings 64-55 last weekend in Hastings, Neb. Morningside slipped into a fifth place tie with Dakota Wesleyan in the GPAC at 6-4, 15-5 overall. All five of the Mustangs' losses are to ranked teams; Concordia, Mildand, Northwestern, Jamestown and Hastings.

Jamie Sale returns for his 13th season and owns a program-best 77% winning percentage as the Mustangs head coach. Sale has over 320 wins during his tenure, winning three national championships. Last season, Sale guided the Mustangs to both GPAC regular season and postseason titles, finishing with a 17-3 league record. They lost to Indiana Wesleyan in the national semifinal 65-64 to end the year at 31-5. Two starters and 10 players return off last year's squad. 

Morningside is third in the GPAC in points per game (83) and fifth in field goal percentage (43%). They are third in rebounding (+5) and are second in the NAIA with 306 steals. Defensively, they are giving up 64 points per game, best in the conference. 

Junior Ashlynn Muhl returns as a starter and leads the Mustangs in both scoring (11.5) and rebounding (8.2) while shooting 56% from the field. Four other players average more than seven points per game for a very balanced Mustangs' offense, led by Leann Osten at 11.3 points per game. Freshman Lexi Ackerman puts in 9.5 points per game and ranks sixth in the GPAC with 45 steals. Allison Bachman (7.9) and Jessica Tietz (7.9) are the other top scorers. McKayla Augustine leads the team with 24 three-pointers. 

Northwestern News and Notes...The Red Raiders are in first place in the GPAC with a 10-0 record, 18-0 overall. They moved down one spot in this week's NAIA coaches' poll (Jan. 21) to second, trailing top-ranked Saint Francis (Ind.), while both are the only unbeaten teams left in the D-II ranks. They own nine wins over teams either ranked or earning votes in the NAIA D-I or D-II polls. 

Northwestern leads the GPAC in scoring, pouring in over 92 points per game. They are one of the top shooting teams in the NAIA, ranking fifth in field goal percentage (47%) and 10th in three-point percentage (36%). Also one of the top defensive teams, Northwestern gives up 68 points per game and ranks second in the NAIA in rebound margin (+11). Teams are shooting just 37% from the field and 28% from the three-point arc. 

Alli Engebretson leads the GPAC in scoring (19.7ppg) and three-pointers (59). The senior is shooting 40% from the three-point line and is second on the team in rebounding (7.2). Junior Karen Hutson ranks second in the GPAC in scoring (17.7ppg), shooting a league-best 57% from the field. Samantha Kleinsasser averages 15.8 points and a team-best 7.6 rebounds per game, shooting 52% from the field. Mackenzie Small puts in just over 12 points per game and is second on the team with 33 three-pointers. Paige O'Neal ranks eighth in the NAIA with 104 assists. 

Up Next...Northwestern will play host to Nebraska Wesleyan on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 2pm.

Paige O'Neal

# 10 | Guard
Senior from Hornick, Iowa