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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Hardrockers hold off SMSU at end

November 23, 2013
Marshall Independent

RAPID CITY, S.D. - The Southwest Minnesota State University women's basketball team dropped its second consecutive game with a 73-70 non-conference loss to South Dakota School of Mines and Technology on Friday night.

The loss drops the Mustangs to 2-2 on the season, and gives SDSMT its first victory over SMSU in the three-game series. The Mustangs defeated the Hardrockers 71-67 last season at the R/A Facility in Marshall, Minn.

SMSU led 36-31 at the end of the first half after shooting effectivelt from the field (15 of 33, 45.5 percent). SDSMT wasn't far behind as the Hardrockers were almost just as efficient with their 14 of 33 shooting (42.4 percent).

It didn't take long for the Hardrockers to erase the five-point deficit in the second half as Devyn Asche drilled a 3-pointer to give SDSMT a 40-38 lead just 1:08 into the half.

Mikayla Saathoff's 3-pointer with 16:37 remaining tied the game at 44 but Megan Rohrer led SDSMT on a 15-2 run over the next 7 minutes - Rohrer scored nine of the 15 Hardrocker points during the run. Rohrer's jumper at the 7:28 mark gave SDSMT its largest lead of the game (15 points), as SDSMT led 64-49.

SMSU responded with a quick 9-0 run to close the gap to six points and, eventually, worked the lead down to two with 31 seconds left when Bree Holleman made two clutch free throws.

SDSMT turned the ball over on the ensuing possession to give SMSU a chance to tie and complete the comeback but Alison Nagel's jump shot didn't fall and the Hardrockers held on for the non-conference victory.

Nagel and Rebekah Rolling led SMSU offensively as they scored 18 and 17 points, respectively. Nagel finished 6 of 11 from the field, including 2 of 5 from behind the arc. Alexis Long and Rohrer combined to score 36 points on 15 of 21 shooting to lead SDMST.

SMSU committed a season-low seven turnovers in the loss.

The Mustaags (2-2) will begin Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action on the road Nov. 30 at Sioux Falls.

SOUTH DAKOTA TECH 73, SMSU 70

SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA STATE (2-2 OVERALL): Mikayla Saathoff 3-7 1-3 8, Bree Holleman 2-10 2-2 6, Jessie Watts 3-5 1-1 7, Rebekah Rolling 6-14 3-7 17, Hannah Beeler 2-4 2-2 8, Kendra Snaza 0 0-0 0, Whitney Miller 2-2 0-0 4, Annessa Rosch 0-6 0-0 0, Emilee Duske 1-2 0-0 2, Alison Nagel 6-11 4-4 18. TOTALS: 25-61 (41.0%) 13-19 (68.4%) 70.

SOUTH DAKOTA SCHOOL OF MINES: Jordan Needens 0-2 4-4 4, Devyn Asche 1-3 2-2 5, Jessica Shull 1-9 1-2 4, Alexis 8-10 0-3 20, Renae Waters 5-6 3-5 13, Briana Huggins 2-5 1-3 5, Anne Soenneker 0-0 0-0 0, Krista Showalter 3-7 0-0 6, Megan Rohrer 7-11 2-2 16, Mackenzie Kenney 0-5 0-0 0. TOTALS: 27-58 (46.6%) 13-21 (61.9%) 73.

3-POINT FIELD GOALS: SMSU 7-28 (Beeler 2, Nagel 2, Rolling 2); SD 6-21 (Long 4). REBOUNDS: SMSU 35 (Rolling 5, Rosch 4, Beeler 4, Holleman 4); SD 37 (Kenney 8, Rohrer 6). TOTAL FOULS (FOULED OUT): SMSU 18 ; SD 19. TECHNICAL FOULS: None. ASSISTS: SMSU 14 (Saathoff 6); SD 17 (Needens 5, Shull 5). STEALS: SMSU 4; SD 5 (Long 2). BLOCKED SHOTS: SMSU 3 (Beeler 1, Saathoff 1, Rolling 1); SD 4 (Rohrer 3). TURNOVERS: SMSU 7; SD 9.

 
 

 

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