SMSU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Mustangs look for first home win this weekend

MARSHALL, Minn.- The Southwest Minnesota State University ­women’s basketball team (1-11, 1-7 NSIC) will be hoping to snap its current six game losing skid as it hosts Winona State (12-2, 7-1 NSIC) on Friday at 6 p.m. The Mustangs then play another home game against Upper Iowa (1-11, 1-7 NSIC) on Saturday at 5 p.m.

BROADCAST INFO

•This weekend’s games will broadcast on 105.1 FM KARL with Ryan Rohlik handling the play-by-play for SMSU basketball for the fourth straight season.

•The game can also be viewed online at SMSUmustangs.com.

SERIES HISTORY (Winona State)

•Winona State defeated SMSU 60-36 back on Dec. 3.

•SMSU suffered its lowest point total and lowest shooting percentage (.182) of the year in its loss to WSU.

•No Mustang player reached double-figures in points scored but Lauren Hedlund pulled in 10 rebounds for SMSU.

•WSU leads the all-time matchup 44-34 and has won five straight.

SERIES HISTORY (Upper Iowa)

•SMSU defeated Upper Iowa 79-70 for Tom Webb’s first win as the Mustangs’ head coach back on Dec. 2.

•The Mustangs scored their highest point total  (79) and highest rebounding total (41) in the first matchup back in December.

•Lauren Hedlund scored 17 with 16 boards in the first game vs UIU.

•The win for SMSU snapped a streak of nine straight wins for UIU but Upper Iowa still leads the all-time series 12-9.

GAME DAY

STORYLINES

•The Mustangs scored 70 plus points in back to back games for the first time this season in its road trip to Wayne State and Augustana last weekend.

•SMSU connected on a season high 27 field goal attempts against Augustana.

•SMSU shot a season high 45 percent (8 of 14) on three point attempts against Augie.

•SMSU shot a season high 51 percent (24 of 47) at Wayne State.

•SMSU tied a season high 18 assists versus Augie.

•Wayne State’s 24 rebounds were the fewest of any SMSU opponent this year.

NSIC RANKINGS (Conference games only)

•Hedlund ranks second in the NSIC in rebounding (9.9 rpg).

•Taylor Holicky ranks ninth (8.0 rpg) in rebounds

•Taylor Silva ranks sixth in assists (4.13 apg).

•Caleigh Rodning is second in the conference in field goal percentage (.604).

ABOUT WINONA STATE

•Winona State (12-2, 7-1 NSIC) currently sits alone atop the NSIC South Division.

•WSU is in the midst of a three game win streak after victories over Minnesota Crookston and Bemidji State last weekend.

•As of Jan. 2, WSU has the fourth best scoring offense (71.2 ppg) in the conference and second best scoring margin (+12.9 ppg).

•Jenny Tuttle was named last week’s NSIC South Player of the Week after scoring a combined 42 points and 70.8 percent shooting effort in two games last week.

•Head coach Scott Ballard is in his 13th season as the Warriors’ head coach with a 222-119 overall record at WSU.

ABOUT UPPER IOWA

•Upper Iowa (1-11, 1-8 NSIC) currently sits in last place in the NSIC South Division after earning its first win of the season last week against Bemidji State.

•Upper Iowa boasts the ninth best scoring defense (69.8 ppg) and is 11th in the NSIC in scoring margin (-7.2).

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