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Mount Mercy University - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

No. 21 Mustangs top Saint Ambrose

The Mount Mercy men's basketball team took a step in the right direction Wednesday night.

Alex Houston muscled in 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds as the 21st-ranked Mustangs defeated Saint Ambrose, 84-73, in an NAIA game at the Hennessey Recreation Center.

Mount Mercy got burned for 99 points in a 99-92 loss to Waldorf in its previous game last Thursday and Coach Aaron Jennings put a heavy emphasis on the defensive end of the floor in the practices since then.

"The whole practice," Houston reported about the club's renewed emphasis on trying to stop people from scoring. "Defense is going to win the game.

"Communication is key," he said. "Communication will eliminate a lot of things, with switches and stuff. Communication is our main focus right now on defense."

Mount Mercy (19-6) has won 9 of its last 10 games, but Jennings wants to make sure the Mustangs are proficient at both ends of the floor heading into the postseason tournament later this month.

Jennings said the Mustangs made some progress against Saint Ambrose (7-16), but need to keep working hard to improve.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 February 2016 22:25



Bees rally from 16 down to clip Mustangs

DAVENPORT - Saint Ambrose overcame a 16-point first half deficit and closed the game on an 8-2 run to down Mount Mercy, 60-57, in women's basketball action Wednesday night at Lee Lohman Arena.

The Mustangs (12-12) dominated play in the first half, grabbing a 31-17 lead at the break. Saint Ambrose fought back, but still trailed by three with 2:37 remaining before putting together its final push to gain the win.

Abby Herb led the Mustangs with 21 points. Ashley Dolan had 13 points while Makenzie Zeitler pulled down 10 rebounds to become only the second player in school history with 1,000 career rebounds. Jane Meyer is the other.

The Bees (17-6) were led by Lindsay Smith with 14 points.

MOUNT MERCY (57): Herb 8 3-4 21, Weiland 3 1-2 10,Sexton 1 0-0 3, Harmon 3 0-0 6, Zeitler 0 0-0 0, Lampe 0 0-0 0, Thompson 2 0-0 4, Dolan 4 3-3 13, Lehman 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 7-9 57.

SAINT AMBROSE (60): Myers 0 0-0 0, Busse 2 0-0 6, Smith 4 3-4 12, Bindner 0 0-0 0, Mlachnik 3 3-4 9, McCarty 3 2-2 8, Logic 2 0-0 4, Griffin 3 0-2 6, Greiner 4 0-0 9, Brummel 0 0-0 0, Cook 1 2-2 4. Totals: 22 10-14 60.

Halftime: Mount Mercy 31, Saint Ambrose 17. 3-point goals: Mount Mercy 8 (Herb 2, Weiland 3, Sexton, Dolan 2). Saint Ambrose 6 (Busse 2, Smith 3, Greiner).

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 February 2016 22:18

Mustangs win 4 titles at Dutch Classic

PELLA - Track athletes from Mount Mercy University captured four individual titles at the Dutch Classic in Pella this weekend.

James Lindstrom won the 3000 meter run in 9:12.25 and Gustavo Caballero took the triple jump at 42 feet, 5 1/4 inches to lead the Mount Mercy men's team.

Dana Ewan claimed the 1000 meter run in 11:09.13 and Nicole Sanborn won the triple jump at 32 feet, 5 1/2 inches for the Mount Mercy women.

The Mount Mercy women finished second in the team standings in a tight race. Grand View won the title in the 12-team meet with 113 points, followed closely by Mount Mercy (109) and Central (108).

The Mount Mercy men placed sixth out of 11 schools with 60 points. Central won the title with 131 points.

The Mount Mercy women got second-place showings from Bri'anna Branch in the 200 (27.20), Raeshonda Chandler in the high jump (4-10 1/4) and Aminah Baloch in the long jump (15-11). Mount Mercy received third-place performances from Allison Scott in the 1000 (3:12.33), Molly Pruett in the 3000 (11:27.93), Sanborn in the long jump (15-10 1/2) and the 4x400 relay.

Lindstrom placed third in the mile for the Mount Mercy men (4:24.74) and Evan Bowman was third in the 3000 (9:19.91).


No. 20 Mustangs shot down by Waldorf

Mount Mercy coach Aaron Jennings said two months ago that his team's defense (or lack thereof) would determine how far the Mustangs get this season.

He's still saying it.

The 20th-ranked Mustangs suffered massive breakdowns on defense in the first half Thursday night and lost to Waldorf, 99-92, in an NAIA shootout at the Hennessey Recreation Center.

Waldorf poured in 65 points in the first half and shot 62.3 percent for the game as Mount Mercy's eight-game winning streak came to a screeching halt.

All-American Erik Brewer sparkled with 28 points for Waldorf, Tyler Parrish popped in 25 points and June Prowell added 22 as they riddled the Mustangs all night.

"That's our Big Three," said Waldorf coach Nigel Jenkins.

Brewer, Parrish and Prowell combined for 75 points and shot 28 for 41 from the floor.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 January 2016 23:06



Mustang women climb above .500

LINCOLN, Ill. - Abby Herb scored 20 points Monday night as the Mount Mercy women's basketball rolled to a 76-37 victory over Lincoln Christian at Gaston Arena.

The Mustangs won their sixth game in a row and raised their record to 12-11.

Makenzie Zeitler collected a double-double for Mount Mercy with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Quenna Keating pitched in 13 points and Ashley Dolan added 11.

Katie Boyce scored 14 points for Lincoln Christian (1-11).

Last Updated on Monday, 25 January 2016 21:51



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