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Mount Mercy University - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Mount Mercy women looking to move up

The Mount Mercy women's basketball team had a rough season last year with only seven victories in 31 games, but Coach Micah Mims played lots of people and gave them valuable experience for the future.

She hopes the future is now.

Eleven players are back from last year's club and they've been joined by some promising newcomers for the 2018-19 campaign.

Mims, starting her third year as head coach, hopes all that depth and experience will translate into a successful season.

"That's the game plan," she said. "Last year we had a lot of newbies, so we had a lot of newcomers that hindered us a little bit, but it's a stepping-stone for this year to bring us up to where we want to be.

"We have a little more experience this year within our system, the way I kind of want things in our offense," she said. "It's nice knowing we have a lot of players who have seen action and I can trust to put on the floor."

Mount Mercy opens the season this weekend at the Culver-Stockton tournament in Canton, Mo., facing Saint Ambrose on Friday and Hannibal-LaGrange on Saturday.



Brawner-Henley leads Mustangs in romp

LA CROSSE, Wis. - The Mount Mercy men's basketball team opened the 2018-19 campaign in style Thursday night.

Mychael Brawner-Henley poured in 30 points and the Mustangs broke their school record with 22 3-pointers in a 107-84 victory over La Crosse at the Beggs Sr. Gymnasium.

Brawner-Henley shot 7-for-8 on 3-pointers and finished 11-for-12 overall from the field in a near-flawless performance.

Dennis McKinney made four 3-pointers and scored 22 points for the Mustangs. He also dished out eight assists.

Antwain Strong hit three triples and finished with 18 points and five assists. Emilio Villagrana made three 3-pointers, while Mohammed Albagami and Bailey Basala hit two apiece. Joseph Kehinde made one triple.

The former school record for most 3-pointers in a single game was 18 in 2000.



Mustangs rally for tourney victory

The Mount Mercy women's volleyball team refused to let its season come to an end on its own floor Wednesday night.

The Mustangs rallied for a 3-2 victory over Missouri Valley in the first round of the Heart of America Conference tournament at the Hennessey Recreation Center.

Mount Mercy (20-13) will vist 21st-ranked Central Methodist (28-5) in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament Saturday at 11 a.m.

Missouri Valley won the first two sets 25-23, 25-21, but the Mustangs stormed back in the face of elimination to win the next three sets 27-25, 25-17 and 15-5.



Mustang men booted from tourney

LAMONI - The Mount Mercy men's soccer team lost to Graceland, 4-1, in the opening round of the Heart of America Conference tournament Wednesday.

Rafael Passanha scored an unassisted goal for the Mustangs in the 49th minute to draw his team within 2-1, but Graceland struck in the 81st minute and again in the 83rd minute to secure the victory.

Mount Mercy finished the season with a 6-9-3 record. Graceland advanced with an 8-7-1 record.


Mustangs aiming for NAIA tourney again

The Mount Mercy men's basketball team played in the NAIA national tournament in 2016 and 2017, but the Mustangs failed to qualify for the tournament last season and finished with a 15-16 record.

That stunk.

"They've tasted success. So last year is supposed to stink," said Coach Aaron Jennings. "You're supposed to say, 'That's not the way things are supposed to be done here. Let's put in the work and let's get this turned around.'

"I'm coaching this year with the expectation that's happening," he said. "I'm excited to get going."

Mount Mercy has plenty of experience on the club and there's a strong senior class that's been bolstered by talented newcomers, giving Jennings lots of options heading into the season opener Thursday night at Viterbo.

"We're going to play fast, we're going to create tempo," he said, anxious to begin the season.

The Mustangs averaged 81.7 points last seasson but allowed 81.5, which led to their so-so campaign. This year Jennings would like to average 87 or 88 per game, but allow only 77 for a healthy 10-point advantage.



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