After grasping a quick lead against Bethel, Morningside claimed a victory in the Quarterfinals of the 2013 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship Tournament. The Mustangs directed by Jamie Sale, head coach, will advance to the Semifinals winning 71-60.
After destroying Webber International 92-43 in Round one and defeating College of Idaho 69-47 Morningside found themselves tipping off against Bethel College. Meanwhile the Lady Pilots led by head coach, Jody Martinez, defeated Valley City State79-63 and upset Roosevelt 69-55, in order to make their way to the court for the final time this season.
Blazing a lead within the first five minutes Morningside looked to be unstoppable but only led by 11 at the half. Morningside proved to be tough competition, never giving up their lead in the first 20 minutes with the scoreboard at 32-23 at the break.
Bobbi McManaman, senior guard, and Jessica Tietz, freshman center led Morningside with points at the half with 6 each. For Bethel, Katy Stuppy, senior guard and Georgia Boisse senior forward led scoring with seven points each.
As the second half commenced Bethel showed no surrender, making a game of it by narrowing the gap to two points with 12 minutes left on the clock. That didn’t settle well with Morningside who decided to show Bethel what winning meant, stealing the show and taking home the W by 11 points.
Sale spoke after the game of Bethels run, saying, “There is no way we are going to keep them down the whole game and we just had to make sure we didn’t panic when they made their run and make a run back at them.”
Both teams stepped it up in the second half, the Mustangs completed 39 shots and Bethel added 37 to their score in the second half.
Morningside will tip off against No. 1 Indiana Wesleyan Monday evening at 8.
“We know Indiana Wesleyan is going to be a great game, I mean they’re so well coached, they’re probably the best defensive team in this tournament and we know we’re going to have to play great to beat them,” said Sale.