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Mount Mercy University - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Balanced Mustangs knock off Luther

The Mount Mercy men's basketball team has a nice melting pot of players on the squad this year.

There are guys from Chicago, a pair from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul, a shooter from Australia, a versatile player from Brazil and six guys from Iowa, including a quartet from Cedar Rapids Kennedy.

It's an effective mix and they produced an 82-67 victory over Luther in a non-conference game at the Hennessey Recreation Center Saturday afternoon.

Alex Houston, a 6-foot-4 forward from Chicago, led the charge for Mount Mercy (12-3) with 16 points and nine rebounds. James Boonstoppel, the shooter from Australia, popped in two 3-pointers during a 12-0 run as the Mustangs broke things open in the second half.

Kyle Lamaak, one of the Kennedy grads who joined the Mustangs this season after two years as a regular student at Northern Iowa, muscled in 11 points in 16 minutes despite operating with a sore ankle. Matos, a 6-5 senior from Brazil, showed his versatility with 10 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals.

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Mount Mercy women fall, 96-84

Technically speaking, it was not a good day for the Mount Mercy women's basketball team.

Mount Mercy Coach Aaron Jennings and star player Abby Herb were both slapped with technical fouls Saturday and the Mustangs were ambushed by Luther, 96-84, in a non-conference game at the Hennessey Recreation Center.

Herb was called for an offensive foul with 18:09 left in the game, and when she voiced a mild objection she was called for a technical foul as well. Those were her fourth and fifth fouls of the contest and sent her to the bench for the rest of the day with her team trailing 49-34.

Jennings got his technical with 12:06 remaining when he thought a foul should have been called against one of Luther's players on a shot attempt by Makenzie Zeitler, but the official did not appreciate his advice.

Last Updated on Saturday, 03 January 2015 18:42

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Zeitler helps Mustangs top Dakota State

Makenzie Zeitler had a big double-double Friday night with 15 points and 17 rebounds as Mount Mercy dumped Dakota State, 82-63, in a women's basketball game at the Hennessey Recreation Center.

Zeitler shot 5-for-7 from the field and was 5-for-6 at the foul line. She grabbed 13 defensive rebounds and snared four rebounds off the offensive boards.

Abbie Herb tossed in 22 points to lead Mount Mercy in scoring. She also had six rebounds, three blocks, two assists and one steal as the Mustangs raised their record to 9-8.

Sharee Galbraith scored 15 points for Dakota State (6-8).

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Mustangs dumped by Culver-Stockton

CANTON, Mo. - The Mount Mercy women's basketball team shot poorly from the field Tuesday and lost to Culver-Stockton, 76-55, in a non-conference game at the Charles Field House in Canton, Mo.

The Mustangs (8-8) hit only 16-of-55 shots for 29.1 percent. Alisa Weiland led Mount Mercy with 13 points. Abby Herb scored 11 points and Callan Timms finished with 10.

Larra Kubinski scored 15 points for Culver-Stockton (9-3). Kati Davis grabbed 12 rebounds.

MOUNT MERCY (55): Herb 5 0-3 11, Last 0 2-2 2, Zeitler 2 2-2 6, Herdliska 1 3-4 6, Oldham 1 5-6 7, Weiland 4 2-4 13, Timms 3 3-5 10, Kilburg 0 0-0 0, Sexton 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 17-26 55.

CULVER-STOCKTON (76): Mathews 2 0-0 6, Davis 1 6-8 8, Kubinski 7 1-3 15, Plunkett 3 0-1 8, Hart 2 4-6 8, Thompson 1 0-0 1, Marzette 2 0-0 5, Helm 2 0-0 6, Robertson 0 0-0 0, Zumalt 1 0-0 3, House 3 1-1 7, Young 4 0-0 8. Totals 28 12-19 76.

Halftime - Culver-Stockton 43, Mount Mercy 26. 3-point goals - Mount Mercy 6 (Weiland 3, Herb 1, Herdliska 1, Timms 1), Culver-Stockton 8 (Mathews 2, Plunkett 2, Helm 2, Marzette 1, Zumalt 1).

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 2014 06:48
 

Mount Mercy applies to 2 leagues

Mount Mercy University has applied to two leagues for conference membership for the 2015-16 school year and expects to learn in January or February if it has been accepted for membership into either one.

Mount Mercy is currently a member of the Midwest Collegiate Conference, but that league is disbanding after this school year. The Mustangs applied for membership in the Chicagoland Conference earlier this year, but they fell one vote short of admittance.

Scot Reisinger, the athletic director at Mount Mercy, declined to identify the leagues it hopes to join, but the options are fairly limited in terms of an NAIA conference that serves the Midwest. He said one of the leagues will vote in January whether to admit the Mustangs and the other league will vote in February, assuming the Mustangs are still looking at that time.

Reisinger said he is "very confident" Mount Mercy will be accepted by one league or the other - or possibly both. "We've gotten good feedback," he said.

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