By Travis Morgan
Sioux City, IA - Fourth-ranked Morningside scored the final seven points and recorded a 63-60 win over #11 Northwestern in a GPAC women's basketball showdown played in Wednesday night in Sioux City, Iowa. The Red Raiders drop to 8-4 in the GPAC, 14-5 overall.
Down 56-55, Northwestern ran off five straight points and grabbed a 60-56 lead after a free throw by Kendra De Jong with 1:47 left to play. After both teams came up empty on their next possessions, Morningside guard Chelsie Trask knocked down a pair of free throws to cut it to a two-point lead. Northwestern turned it over on its next possession and Morningside capitalized, tying the game on two free throws by Shelby Beaudette with 51 seconds left.
Tied at 60, De Jong missed on a long jumper with the shot clock winding down and Morningside went down and hit the go-ahead basket on a jumper by Beaudette with four seconds left to play.
Fifth-ranked Northwestern had its four-game win streak come to a screeching halt, falling to Morningside 98-81 in GPAC men's basketball action played Wednesday night in Sioux City, Iowa. The Red Raiders fall into a first place tie with Doane at 9-3, 15-5 overall.
Northwestern trailed by just two (36-34) late in the first half but the host Mustangs outscored NWC 9-3 to take a 45-37 lead into the break. Morningside went 7-for-11 from the three-point line in the opening half, shooting 64%.
A three-point play by Ben Miller put Northwestern down five (45-40) and the Red Raiders were still within striking distance at the 15-minute mark, trailing 58-52. Morningside, however, quickly put the game away with a barrage of three-pointers, three by Jared Kolbush and one by Steve O'Neill, to spark a 20-2 run and led 78-54 with nine minutes left. The Mustangs held Northwestern scoreless for nearly five minutes during the decisive run.