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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Minnesota State adds to SMSU woes

February 24, 2014
Marshall Independent

MARSHALL - No. 20-ranked Minnesota State cruised to a 89-58 win over Southwest Minnesota State to conclude the 22-game Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference schedule Saturday at the R/A Facility.

The Mavericks finished the season 18-10 overall, 15-7 in the NSIC, while the Mustangs finish 4-22 overall, 2-20 in the NSIC.

SMSU tied a season-high with 24 turnovers in the loss, with 18 coming in the first half. MSU finished with 13 steals.

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Submitted Photo by SMSU Athletic Communications
Southwest Minnesota State's Bree Holleman battles for possession of the ball against Minnesota State during a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game Saturday at the R/A Facility.

Minnesota State forced 18 Mustang turnovers in the first half and turned them into 18 points. SMSU led 9-5 after 4 minutes, but the Mavericks stormed to 25-9 lead with a 20-0 run over the next 6 minutes. MSU closed the final 2 minutes of the first half on a 5-0 run to surge to a 24-point lead heading into the locker room. The Mavericks never looked back in the second half as they cruised to victory.

Bree Holleman had a game-high 15 points for the Mustangs in her final game at the R/A Facility. She finished 5 of 12 from the floor, including 3 of 4 from behind the arc with five rebounds and two assists. Alison Nagel, who also was playing in her final game, finished with 13 points to round out SMSU's double-digit scorers.

The Mustangs finished 20 of 47 from the field as a team, while MSU connected on 27 of 55 shots, including 9 of 22 from long range.

MSU went to the free throw line 30 times and converted 26 chances. MSU handled SMSU down low as the Mavericks out-scored SMSU 34-20 in the paint.

The Mustangs, the eighth seed in the South Division, will travel to play Northern State, the one seed in the North Division, in the first round of the NSIC/Sanford Health Tournament on Wednesday in Aberdeen, S.D. The Wolves won the regular season match-up 57-46 on Jan. 3.

MINNESOTA STATE 89, SMSU 58

MINNESOTA STATE (21-5 OVERALL, 18-4 NSIC): Britney Scherber 1-6 2-2 5, Aubrey Davis 2-4 0-0 4, Sammie Delzotto 4-7 0-0 8, Alli Hoefer 1-4 2-2 5, Ashley Olson 2-4 2-2 7, Tyra Johnson 3-5 4-4 10, Hillary Paulsen 2-5 2-2 8, Karlee Gengenbacher 2-5 2-2 7, Lexie Ulfers 3-4 3-4 9, Jamie Bresnahan 5-9 0-0 12, Anna Leloux 0-0 0-2 0, Ali Wilkinson 2-2 9-10 14. TOTALS: 27-55 (49%) 26-30 (87%) 89.

SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA STATE (4-22 OVERALL, 2-20 NSIC): Mikayla Saathoff 1-2 0-0 2, Bree Holleman 5-12 2-2 15, Jessie Watts 1-1 0-1 2, Rebekah Rolling 1-5 2-2 4, Ellen Degler 1-5 2-3 4, Hannah Beeler 1-3 5-5 7, Kendra Snaza 0-0 0-0 0, Whitney Miller 1-1 0-0 3, Annessa Rosch 0-3 2-2 2, Emilee Duske 3-3 0-1 6, Alison Nagel 6-12 0-0 13. TOTALS: 20-47 (43%) 13-16 (81%) 58.

HALFTIME: Minnesota State 47, Southwest Minnesota State 23. 3-POINT FIELD GOALS: Minnesota State 9-22 (Bresnahan 2, Paulson 2, Hoefer, Gengenbacher, Wilkinson, Scherber, Olson); Southwest Minnesota State 5-12 (Holleman 3, Nagel, Miller). REBOUNDS: Minnesota State 29 (Bresnahan 5); Southwest Minnesota State 31 (Holleman 5). TOTAL FOULS (FOULED OUT): Minnesota State 17 (none); Southwest Minnesota State 22 (none). TECHNICAL FOULS: None. ASSISTS: Minnesota State 21 (Wilkinson, Olson, Ulfers 3); Southwest Minnesota State 14 (Rosch 4). STEALS: Minnesota State 13 (Ulfers 3); Southwest Minnesota State 2 (Holleman, Miller). BLOCKED SHOTS: Minnesota State 0; Southwest Minnesota State 0. TURNOVERS: Minnesota State 8; Southwest Minnesota State 24.

 
 

 

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