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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Cougars pull away, top SMSU

Mustangs fall to 2-8 overall with eighth straight defeat

December 23, 2013
Marshall Independent

MARSHALL - Sioux Falls held Southwest Minnesota State to just 29 percent shooting in the second half to earn a 66-53 victory on Saturday in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference women's basketball at the R/A Facility.

The Cougars (6-4, 2-4 NSIC) snapped a four-game losing streak with the victory and were led by Jaicee Ulmer's 20 points.

Hannah Beeler led SMSU in points for the first time this season. The senior forward collected 12 points on 5 of 8 shooting. Alison Nagel, who came into the game with double-figure scoring in all previous nine games, finished with just nine points and seven rebounds.

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Southwest Minnesota State’s Heather Beeler drives the baseline as Sioux Falls’ Shelby Hemmann follows her during a Northern Sun Intercollegiate basketball game Saturday at the R/A Facility.

Midway through the first half, Holleman connected on her 122nd career 3-point field goal to pass Tori Fink for fifth most in school history.

"We gave a really great effort and I saw some things we haven't done all season, but we talked about trying to find a way to take a game away from an opponent," Southwest Minnesota State head coach Allison Kruger said. "We just don't have the killer instinct to go and take something that we deserve.

"I thought we deserved to win this game," Kruger said. "We have to find that mentality and move forward."

Sioux Falls led for much of the game until the Mustangs tied the contest on two occasions.

A layup from Bree Holleman tied the score at 15 with 13:32 left in the first half. SMSU trailed 30-21 about 5 minutes later before using a 7-2 run, capped by an Annessa Rosch 3-pointer, to trim the Cougars' lead to 32-28 at halftime.

In the second half, USF grabbed a 43-35 lead until Southwest Minnesota State scored eight straight points, tying the game at 43 on a jumper from Rebekah Rolling with 12:03 left.

"Our players are giving a good effort. I'm not questioning that. We just have to find a way to take something we deserve," Kruger said.

The Mustangs (2-8, 0-6 NSIC) dropped their eighth straight game and sixth straight in conference play.

SMSU held USF to 34.8 percent shooting (24 of 69), including just 6 of 26 from 3-point range, but Sioux Falls turned the ball over just seven times and held the Mustangs to just 32.8 shooting (19 of 58). SMSU finished 3 of 17 from 3-point land.

SIOUX FALLS 66, SW MINNESOTA STATE 53

SIOUX FALLS (6-4 OVERALL, 2-4 NSIC): Taylor Varsho 6-15 0-0 14, Marie Malloy 2-5 3-4 7, Alicia Boe 0-2 0-0 0, Jaicee Ulmer 9-20 0-0 20, Bailey Bouman 1-3 0-0 3, Chrissy Strassburg 0-5 2-2 2, Teagan Molden 0-0 2-2 2, Shelby Hemmann 0-1 4-4 4, Laura Johnson 4-12 1-1 10, Sam Knecht 2-6 0-2 4. TOTALS: 24-69 (35%) 12-15 (80%) 66.

SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA STATE (2-8 OVERALL, 0-6 NSIC): Mikayla Saathoff 1-8 0-0 2, Bree Holleman 3-11 3-4 10, Jessie Watts 0-0 0-0 0, Rebekah Rolling 2-4 2-2 6, Ellen Degler 1-4 4-5 6, Hannah Beeler 5-8 2-2 12, Whitney Miller 0-1 0-0 0, Annessa Rosch 3-9 0-0 8, Emilee Duske 0-2 0-0 0, Alison Nagel 4-11 1-2 9. TOTALS: 19-58 (33%) 12-15 (80%) 53.

HALFTIME: Sioux Falls 32, Southwest Minnesota State 28. 3-POINT FIELD GOALS: Sioux Falls 6-26 (Varsho 2-5, Ulmer 2-8, Bouman 1-3, Johnson 1-8, Boe 0-1, Strassburg 0-1); Southwest Minnesota State 3-17 (Rosch 2-6, Holleman 1-4, Rolling 0-1, Beeler 0-1, Saathoff 0-2, Nagel 0-3). REBOUNDS: Sioux Falls 49 (Varsho 10, Knecht 7, Hemmann 7, TEAM 6); Southwest Minnesota State 39 (Saathoff 9, Nagel 7, Degler 6). TOTAL FOULS (FOULED OUT): Sioux Falls 15 (none); Southwest Minnesota State 12 (none). TECHNICAL FOULS: None. ASSISTS: Sioux Falls 14 (Varsho 3, Ulmer 3, Johnson 3, Strassburg 3); Southwest Minnesota State 9 (Holleman 5, Saathoff 3). STEALS: Sioux Falls 5 (Strassburg 2, Varsho 1, Johnson 1, Bouman 1); Southwest Minnesota State 1 (Holleman 1). BLOCKED SHOTS: Sioux Falls 3 (Ulmer 1, Knecht 1, Bouman 1); Southwest Minnesota State 2 (Degler 1, Beeler 1). TURNOVERS: Sioux Falls 7; Southwest Minnesota State 11.

 
 

 

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