Moser, Peppers lead Morningside to 23-win season
SIOUX CITY -- Former area standouts Jordyn Moser and Sophia Peppers helped lead the Morningside College women’s basketball team to 23 wins this past season as the Mustangs made their 18th consecutive appearance in the NAIA Division II National Tournament.
Moser, a 5-foot-5 senior guard and 2016 graduate of Harlan Community High School, led the team with 119 assists and 78 steals, ranking among the top 31 nationally in both categories.
Peppers, a 5’10” sophomore forward and 2018 Exira-Elk Horn-Kimballton graduate, earned second team All-Great Plains Athletic Conference honors after averaging 14.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per contest.
Moser and Peppers both started all 33 games for the Mustangs, who finished 23-10 overall and placed third in the GPAC - one of the top NAIA leagues in the nation - with a mark of 16-5. The Morningside women were ranked 10th in Division II prior to a 72-69 first round loss to WVU Tech on March 11.
In the classroom, Moser and Peppers both majored in Elementary and Special Education. Moser will receive her bachelor’s degree from Morningside when graduation ceremonies are held on August 8 (rescheduled from May 9).
As a senior, Moser played just under 22 minutes per game for the Mustangs, averaging 5.9 points and 2.8 rebounds. She shot 34 percent from the field overall but was better from behind the arc, making 25-of-72 three-pointers (.347). She shot 68.3 percent (41-of-60) at the free throw line.
Moser scored in double figures seven times on the year, including a season-high 15 points December 18 vs. Dakota State, when she also had seven steals.
In 132 career games (111 starts), Moser finished her Mustang career with 816 points (6.2 ppg.), 395 assists, 224 steals, 262 rebounds, 77-of-234 three-pointers and a field goal percentage of .389.
Peppers, after averaging 4.1 points and 2.7 rebounds per game as a freshman - mostly off the bench - bumped those numbers up to 14.5 and 5.8, respectively, in her first year as a full-time starter.
A versatile inside-outside threat, Peppers ranked second on the team in scoring and third in total rebounds, but her 69 offensive boards led the way, as did a .501 field goal percentage that ranked 31st in NAIA Division II.
Averaging 24.3 minutes per contest, Peppers quietly ranked second on the team with 79 assists, 61 steals, 11 blocks and 48 made three-pointers (35 percent). She added a solid .787 marksmanship at the free throw line, making 59-of-75 attempts.
Peppers scored a season-high 27 points vs. St. Xavier November 2 and surpassed 20 points three other times as well, scoring in double figures in 16 of the last 17 games. She made 4-of-5 treys and shot 9-of-13 overall vs. Doane.
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