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Beat goes on for Jordyn Wollenburg, Morningside at GPAC tournament

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Jordyn Wollenburg, Morningside
Jordyn Wollenburg, Morningside

Jordyn Wollenburg, Morningside

When she isn’t going to class or patrolling the paint for the Morningside College women’s basketball team, Jordyn Wollenburg is roaming campus as a security guard.

The 5-foot-10 senior forward from Gretna works about 15 hours a week, opening and locking buildings and giving people rides. Whatever’s needed.

“It’s a little spending money on the side,” she said.

With her class load and basketball, things can get hectic. Especially during finals.

But Wollenburg wouldn’t have it any other way. She’s juggled multiple activities for so long it’s just natural.

“Basketball is the escape from it all,” she said.

Wollenburg has a job to do on the court, too. Besides being Morningside’s second-leading rebounder with 5.5 a game — to go with 8.3 points — she’s a motivator. She’s the goofy one lightening the mood if things get too intense.

Jessica Tietz, a 6-2 forward from Bancroft, leads the team with 15.5 points and 6.6 rebounds. She and Wollenburg are among 11 Nebraskans on the squad.

Madison Braun of Bellevue West and Taylor Bahensky of Millard North also are starters along with Lexi Ackerman of Rock Rapids, Iowa.

“Our depth is good. With 17 girls, we can play every single one of them,” Wollenburg said. “If one girl is not on her game, we put another girl in. Every girl does her job, and we know what our job is. That’s what is working for us.”

It’s why the No. 1 Mustangs dominate at the NAIA Division II nationals every year, she said. They’ve won four titles since 2004, including last season. They made the final four when she was a freshman and the elite eight as a sophomore.

They don’t need to push it up a notch in the postseason because everyone already is trying to improve every game.

“The coaches push us, we push ourselves and we push each other,” she said. “For me, I just want to win for my teammates. I feel like that’s how everybody else is, too. We want each other to succeed.”

The top-seeded Mustangs (28-2) begin another quest for a national title on Wednesday at home against the College of St. Mary (16-13) and standout post player Deaundra Young.

Young scored 25 points Saturday as the Flames knocked off Dordt and became the school’s all-time scoring leader with 1,796 points in just three years. Her final two points came at the line, where she was 13 for 13. She also had 15 rebounds, five blocked shots and three steals.

“They are a really good team and have a really good post player,” Wollenburg said. “She’s pretty tough to stop.”

Tegtmeier reaches milestone

Ryan Tegtmeier became the 28th men’s basketball player in Morningside history to score 1,000 career points during Saturday’s 62-56 home loss against Midland University.

Tegtmeier, from Davenport, Nebraska, was the Mustangs’ leading scorer with 16 points to raise his career total to 1,015. He has averaged 10.6 points during his 96-game Morningside career.

Tegtmeier, the Mustangs’ only returning starter from last year’s GPAC championship team, finished as the Mustangs’ leading scorer and second-leading rebounder with career-high averages of 14.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. He also topped the team with 108 assists and 54 steals.

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