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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Concordia holds SMSU offense to season-low total

February 10, 2014
Marshall Independent

SAINT PAUL - Southwest Minnesota State scored a season-low 42 points in its 64-42 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference loss to Concordia-St. Paul on Saturday.

SMSU limited to just 14 points in the second half. The previous low for points scored in a game by SMSU this season was 45 versus Cal State-Monterey Bay on Nov. 16, 2013.

The Mustangs fell to 4-18 overall, 2-16 in the NSIC South, while the Golden Bears move to 19-6 overall, 14-4 in the NSIC South.

"Concordia did a great job of taking us away from our comfort zone, which is our ball-screen motion, and they took away our best scorers," Southwest Minnesota State head coach Allison Kruger said. "We competed ad did the little things right in the first half, but we just couldn't make very many shots in the second half."

Mikayla Saathoff, the NSIC leader in assists, finished with just three to go along with two points. Teammate Ellen Degler led SMSU with 11 points on 5 of 8 shooting and Bree Holleman followed with seven points on 3 of 9 shooting.

Alison Nagel, the Mustangs' leading scorer, finished just 1 of 10 shooting and two points. Nagel grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.

SMSU never led in the game but hung with Concordia in the first half. The Mustangs made one more field goal than the Golden Bears (13 to 12) in the first half, but stared at a nine-point deficit coming out of the break. Concordia built the lead by going a perfect 10 of 10 from the free throw line, while SMSU went to the line just two times, hitting just one.

The Mustangs finished the game shooting 35.7 percent (20 of 56) to snap its eight-game streak of shooting 40 percent or higher.

Anika Whiting had a game-high 19 points to lead Concordia, while Carissa Wolyniec followed with 15. Rachel Hansen scored 10 and snared 10 rebounds for a double-double.

SMSU continues its road trip in North Dakota this weekend, when the Mustangs take on the University of Mary on Friday and Minot State on Saturday.

CONCORDIA 64, SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA STATE 42

SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA STATE (4-18 OVERALL, 2-16 NSIC): Mikayla Saathoff 1-3 0-0 2, Bree Holleman 3-9 1-2 7, Jessie Watts 1-3 0-0 2, Rebekah Rolling 2-8 0-0 4, Ellen Degler 5-8 0-0 11, Hannah Beeler 3-4 0-0 6, Kendra Snaza 0-2 0-0 0, Annessa Rosch 2-5 0-0 4, Emilee Duske 2-4 0-0 4, Alison Nagel 1-10 0-0 2. TOTALS: 20-56 (36%) 1-2 (50%) 42.

CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY (19-6 OVERALL, 14-4 NSIC): Ameshia Kearney 2-14 3-3 7, Mishayla Jones 1-1 0-0 2, Diamond Lane 0-0 0-0 0, Rachel Hansen 3-9 4-4 10, Voneisha Harris 0-1 1-2 1, Carissa Wolyniec 5-11 1-2 15, Jodi Batzel 4-6 0-1 8, Asha Knight 0-1 0-0 0, Jordyn Dudley 0-0 0-0 0, Kionda Nicks 1-2 0-0 2, Tierra Bender 0-2 0-0 0, Anika Whiting 7-14 5-6 19. TOTALS: 23-61 (38%) 14-18 (78%) 64.

HALFTIME: CU 37, SMSU 28. 3-POINT FIELD GOALS: SMSU 1-9; CU 4-18. REBOUNDS: SMSU 38 (Nagel 9); CU 40 (Hansen 10). TOTAL FOULS (FOULED OUT): SMSU 20 (none); CU 11 (none). TECHNICAL FOULS: None. ASSISTS: SMSU 9 (Saathoff, Holleman 3); CU 17 (Hansen 6). STEALS: SMSU 7 (Degler 3); CU 9 (Hansen, Kearney, Whiting, Wolyniec 2). BLOCKED SHOTS: SMSU 0; CU 7 (Nicks 3). TURNOVERS: SMSU 18; CU 11.

 
 

 

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