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Mount Mercy University - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Mustang softball drops tight games

DAVENPORT - The Mount Mercy softball team suffered a pair of one-run  defeats at the Ambrose Dome in Davenport Saturday.

The Mustangs lost to Saint Ambrose, 2-1, and fell to Aquinas, 4-3, in eight innings. The setbacks left Mount Mercy with a 2-4 record for the  season.

Mount Mercy collected only two hits in the 2-1 loss to Saint Ambrose.  Jayna Witzany was the hard-luck loser for the Mustangs. She allowed  one earned run on three hits in six innings, with six strikeouts and  three walks.



Mount Mercy women finish 5-25

The Mount Mercy women's basketball team finished the season on  Saturday with a 68-52 loss to Central Methodist in a Heart of America  Conference game at the Hennessey Recreation Center.

The Mustangs ended the campaign at 5-25 overall and 1-23 in the  league. Mount Mercy finished 13th out of 13 teams in the conference  and did not make the league playoffs.

Sara Blowers led the Mustangs with 13 points. Audrey Mulumba had eight  rebounds.



No. 9 Mustangs spike Graceland

LAMONI - The Mount Mercy men's volleyball team climbed into the  national rankings for the first time in school history this week and the Mustangs played like a national power Friday night.

Mount Mercy whipped Graceland, 25-21, 25-22, 25-18, in a Heart of  America Conference match in Lamoni.

The Mustangs raised their records to 12-5 overall and 4-0 in the conference. Graceland fell to 3-7 overall and 0-2 in the league.



Mustangs bump off No. 16 Statesmen

Inch for inch, Antwain Strong is unquestionably one of the best NAIA  basketball players in the country.

He proved it again Wednesday night.

Strong flirted with a triple-double with 12 points, 10 assists and  nine rebounds as Mount Mercy whipped 16th-ranked William Penn, 92-84,  in a key Heart of America Conference game at the Hennessey Recreation  Center.

Strong, a 5-foot-11 senior, made some unbelievable jitterbug moves to  the basket and had a string of sensational passes as the little  Mustangs knocked off the towering Statesmen.

William Penn looked like a Big Ten team when it walked into the gym  with talented players who measured 6-foot-11, 6-foot-9, 6-foot-9 and a  pair of 6-foot-7 guys. Meanwhile, Mount Mercy's tallest player on the  floor was only 6-foot-5.

Somehow, the Mustangs slayed the giants.

"I have a motto my cousin taught me when I was growing up," said  Strong. "He always told me 'Heart over Height.' So as long as you have  heart, that makes up for a lot of your height. And that's what we live  by."

Strong is averaging 12.9 points, 6.4 assists and 5.2 rebounds. He  ranks third in the country in assists and has neared a triple-double  before, but Wednesday's performance kept the Mustangs in the hunt for a favorable seed in the Heart of America Conference tournament with two home games left in the regular season.



Mustang women pounded by Penn

The Mount Mercy women's basketball team was drubbed by 14th-ranked  William Penn, 83-41, in a Heart of America Conference game at the  Hennessey Recreation Center Wednesday night.

The Mustangs fell to 5-24 overall and 1-22 in the league, clinching 13th and last place in the conference.

Sharice Kawakami led Mount Mercy with eight points. The Mustangs shot  18 for 66 for 27.3 percent and were pounded on the backboards, 53-27.

William Penn raised its records to 26-2 overall and 21-2 in the  conference, clinching at least a tie for the conference title with one game left in the regular season.



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