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Mount Mercy University - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Australian gives Mustangs a triple threat

James Boonstoppel tried a variety of sports when he was a kid in Australia until he found the one he truly loved.

"I played Australian football, soccer, tennis and cricket. And I tried boxing," he said Saturday. "And when I was 12 I seriously made a commitment to the game of basketball."

The Mount Mercy Mustangs are glad he did.

Boonstoppel scored 12 points and grabbed a career-best eight rebounds Saturday as the 16th-ranked Mustangs clipped AIB, 84-71, in a Midwest Collegiate Conference game at the Hennessey Recreation Center.

Last Updated on Sunday, 25 January 2015 11:04



Herb’s 22 points lead Mount Mercy

Abby Herb had 22 points and nine rebounds to lead the Mount Mercy women’s basketball team in an 84-62 win over AIB on Saturday at the Hennessey Rec Center.

The Mustangs jumped out to a 10-2 lead and never trailed, improving their records to 12-11 overall and 3-2 in the Midwest Collegiate Conference.

Paige Last had 16 points for Mount Mercy. Danielle Herdliska and Alisa Weiland each had 12 points and Christa Oldham had 10 assits.



Boonstoppel hits 8 straight 3's for Mustangs

James Boonstoppel was un-Stoppel-ble for the Mount Mercy men's basketball team Wednesday night.

Boonstoppel made eight straight 3-pointers before he finally missed as the 16th-ranked Mustangs mauled St. Ambrose, 93-54, in a Midwest Collegiate Conference game at the Hennessey Recreation Center.

Boonstoppel, a senior from Adelaide, Australia, finished 8-for-9 from long distance for 24 points. He missed his final 3-pointer with 10:08 left in the game and did not shoot again.

Boonstoppel has been a 3-point marksman for the Mustangs all season with 53 of 118 in 19 games for 44.9 percent.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2015 22:45



Last lifts Mount Mercy to victory

Paige Last popped in six 3-pointers and scored 24 points Wednesday night as the Mount Mercy women's basketball team clipped St. Ambrose, 71-54, in a Midwest Collegiate Conference game at the Hennessey Recreation Center.

Last came off the bench for the Mustangs and was 6-for-11 from long distance.

Makenzie Zeitler contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds for Mount Mercy (11-11, 2-2). Christa Oldham and Alisa Weiland scored 10 points apiece. Weiland made five steals.

Katie Jensen scored 14 points for St. Ambrose (10-7, 2-2). The Lady Bees missed all 15 of their 3-point shots. The Mustangs were 10-of-25 on 3-pointers.

ST. AMBROSE (54): Bindner 0 2-2 2, Jensen 7 0-2 14, Greiner 4 2-2 10, Brummel 2 2-2 6, Mlachnik 2 4-4 8, Powell 0 0-0 0, Myers 1 0-0 2, Busse 0 0-0 0, McCarty 1 0-1 2, Logic 1 3-4 5, Griffin 2 1-2 5, Olson 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 14-19 54.

MOUNT MERCY (71): Herb 1 0-0 2, Herdliska 2 0-2 6, Oldham 1 8-11 10, Weiland 4 0-1 10, Zeitler 4 4-6 12, Thompson 2 0-0 4, Timms 0 3-4 3, Last 6 6-7 24, Dolan 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 21-31 71.

Halftime - Mount Mercy 34, St. Ambrose 28. 3-point goals - St. Ambrose none, Mount Mercy 10 (Last 6, Herdliska 2, Weiland 2).





Mustangs climb to 16th in NAIA poll

The surging Mount Mercy men's basketball team climbed two spots to 16th in the new NAIA Division II rankings Tuesday.

The Mustangs have won eight straight games, raising their records to 15-3 overall and 3-0 in the Midwest Collegiate Conference. The Mustangs have not lost since falling to ninth-ranked Midland (Neb.) on Nov. 29.

Indiana Wesleyan (19-1) is ranked No. 1 in the poll.

Mount Mercy hosts St. Ambrose Wednesday at 7:30 in the Hennessey Recreation Center.


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