Release Courtesy of Nebraska Wesleyan Athletics
For the fourth straight game the Nebraska Wesleyan women faced an opponent ranked in the top 15 of the NAIA Division II poll as the Prairie Wolves went on the road and lost to 13th-ranked Morningside 82-57 on Saturday in Sioux City, Iowa.
NWU drops its eighth straight game, with five of those losses to teams that have been ranked 13th or higher. Morningside improves its record to 10-3, 3-3 in GPAC.
The Prairie Wolves hung around with the Mustangs the entire first half. Courtney Cook hit a basket with just over 10:30 to play tying the game at 13-13. Morningside went on a 19-3 run over the next six minutes to build up a 16-point lead. NWU chipped away and a layup by Bridget Bucher in the final seconds made the score 34-26 at halftime.
In the second half, NWU went over five minutes without a field goal allowing Morningside to turn a 10 point game into a 26 point game and the Prairie Wolves couldn't recover.
As a team, the Prairie Wolves shot 39.6 percent from the field and only 1-12 from 3-point range. Felicia TeKolste led the way with 18 points and six rebounds. Courtney Cook chipped in 13 points with six rebounds, four blocks and four steals. Bridget Bucher also scored in double figures with 12 points.
Morningside hit just 35.0 percent from the floor and made 5-29 from 3-point distance. Four players were in double figures led by Jessica Tietz with 15 points.
Nebraska Wesleyan now has two weeks off before their next game over the holiday break at the Coe College Tournament on Dec. 28-29.