No. 1 Morningside punishes Webber International
SIOUX CITY, Iowa - (Box Score) Top-ranked Morningside (Iowa) overwhelmed the tournament's surprise entrant, Webber International (Fla.), 92-43, in the first round of the 2013 State Farm-NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championships on Wednesday. Returning All-American guard Chelsie Trask's three early treys allowed the Mustangs to build a comfortable lead early on, paving the way for a rout of the Warriors.
William International, which emerged from conference tournament play as one of the biggest Cinderella stories, struggled mightily on the offensive end. The Great Plains Athletic Conference champion Mustangs used a stifling defense to hold the Warriors to 21.7 percent shooting.
Morningside did not need much offense to put the game away by halftime. Trask's 12 first-half points nearly equaled the entire output of the Warriors, who totaled 14 points in the first 20 minutes. The Mustangs dominated in all facets and left no doubts about their potential for a national championship run.
Morningside emptied the bench early as 14 of the 15 players on its tournament roster saw action. Twelve of those players tallied at least four points with Trask and Bobbi McManaman leading the way with a dozen points apiece. The Mustang bench amassed 51 points compared to 13 for the Warriors.
Jasmine Singleton topped Webber International with 13 points and was the only Warrior to reach double-figures in scoring. Webber International, a member of The Sun Conference, finishes its season with a record of 15-14.
Head coach Jamie Sale's Mustangs will draw the winner of fourth-seeded Oklahoma Wesleyan and fifth-seeded College of Idaho in their second round game, which will be played at 7 p.m. on Friday.