Nebraska Wesleyan came out of the gates firing and built an 11-point lead over No. 3 Morningside just seven minutes into the game, but the Mustangs rallied back and took control en route to a 94-65 victory in GPAC women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 19) at Allee Gym in Sioux City, Iowa.
NWU led 20-9 with 13:09 left in the first half and looked poised to battle with the No. 3 Mustangs. However, Morningside went on a 24-6 run and would take a 33-26 lead with 6:31 to play. The Mustangs continued their big run to close out the half and led 48-35 at halftime.
Morningside maintained their double digit lead the second half and continued to build up their lead as NWU never got back into the game.
Nebraska Wesleyan shot 48.0 percent from the floor for the game, but they were hurt by the 28 total turnovers. The Prairie Wolves hit 8-19 from 3-point range, but were just 9-17 at the free throw line.
Shea Rasmussen led NWU for the second consecutive game as she scored 17 points, going 3-5 from 3-point range. Sadie Struebing scored 12 points, while Janelle Baal added 11 points hitting three 3-pointers.
Tanaeya Worden led all scorers with 22 points for Morningside as she ended the year with 1,000 career points. Emily Christen scored 18 points, while Chelsea Trask had 12 and Bobbi McManaman scored 11. The Mustangs had a decided advantage on the glass with 39 rebounds compared to only 27 for NWU. They had 14 offensive boards.
NWU will close out the season this weekend with a trip to Irving, Texas for the AD3I West Region Tournament.