Recapping Records

Recapping Records

WATERTOWN, Wis. -- The 2018-19 Sabercats Women's Basketball season was one for the record books.

THE STORY

The 19-7 season all culminated with a 3rd-place finish at the NCCAA National Tournament, and the top-three finish in the NCCAA DII was just a fitting end for what MBU did during the year.

After posting just two wins through their opening seven games, the Sabercats quickly turned things around to procure the longest winning streak in program history: a run of 13 games that would have been longer if not for a loss to a DIII regional powerhouse, Wisconsin Lutheran College, who finished the year with a 27-2 record and an NCAA Tournament 2nd Round appearance.

Riding the streak of 10 straight games (at the time), the Sabercats cruised through the NCCAA North Region Tournament, taking down Emmaus Bible College and Providence University College to earn a place at the NCCAA National Tournament.

As the #4 seed, the Sabercats opened the tournament with a 75-49 defeat of #5 Bob Jones University. After a 62-50 semifinal loss to the eventual national champions, Arlington Baptist, the Sabercats demolished #3 Randall University in the game for third place, shooting at an unstoppable rate of 60 percent from the floor en route to an 89-44 win. Kelsey Johnson passed 1,000 points in the game, breaking into the Maranatha record books as the program's 15th all-time leading scorer.

Rookie Callie Morrison earned 2nd Team All-American honors from the NCCAA and fueled the Sabercats' attack all season long, recording double-digit points in all but two games. The freshman set a program record for average assists (5.0/game) and finishes third in total assists (130) for a single season.*^

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THE NUMBERS

All in all, the team broke into the top-10 statistical marks for team performance in a single season in 19 separate categories. Below is a breakdown of some of the highlights during the 2018-19 season:

Team/Individual           Mark    Program Records   
Team winning streak 13 W Longest streak  
Kelsey Johnson: career 1,017 pts 15th (career) 
Kelsey Johnson: career 612 reb 7th (career)
Team: season    64.2 pts/game    4th (season)
Team defense: season 54 pts/game 3rd (season)
Callie Morrison: season 130 ast 3rd (season)
Callie Morrison: season 5.0 ast/game 1st (season)
Kelsey Johnson: season 250 reb 5th (season)
Callie Morrison at Emmaus (2.8)   13/13 FT T-1st (game)
Team vs #3 Randall (3.9)     60.0 FG%  2nd (game)  
Callie Morrison vs #3 Randall (3.9)   11 ast 2nd (game)  

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For a complete list of program records, visit the Maranatha Women's Basketball Program Records

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THE AWARDS

NCCAA All-Region selections: Kelsey Johnson, Callie Morrison (1st Team), Karley Johnson (3rd Team), Rosa Torres (Honorable Mention)

NCCAA All-American selections: Callie Morrison (2nd Team), Kelsey Johnson (3rd Team)

NCCAA Scholar-Athletes: Haly Hendricks, Karley Johnson, Kelsey Johnson, Maisy Johnson

AD3I All-Independent selections: Kelsey Johnson (1st Team), Karley Johnson, Callie Morrison, Rosa Torres (2nd Team)

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THE RESULTS

Here are some key wins from the 2018-19 season:

Game                   Score      Notes
vs MSOE (1.26)        W 68-57 First win over MSOE in five years       
at Emmaus (2.8) W 69-68  
n. Providence (2.23)   W 78-67 NCCAA Regional Championship
at Bob Jones (3.7) W 75-49 NCCAA 1st Round
n. Randall (3.9) W 89-44 NCCAA 3rd Place
    Most pts/game since 2010
    2nd-best FG shooting performance

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THE OUTLOOK

Every member of the 2018-19 team still has NCAA eligibility for the 2019-20 season. What this team will be able to do next year remains to be seen.

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*Only documented information was included when compiling the all-time records. If you find an error, please contact Taylor Pill at taylor.pill@mbu.edu or at (920) 206-2379.

^Ball control records (rebounds, assists, etc.) were tracked beginning in 2000.

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