SMSU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Mustangs to host first home NSIC games against UIU and WSU

Independent file photo SMSU’s Meleah Reinhart drives the lane during their game against Waldorf College on Nov. 18. The Mustangs return home for a weekend set of games against Upper Iowa University and Winona State University.

MARSHALL – Southwest Minnesota State (1-3, 0-1 NSIC) will look to capture its first conference win of the season this weekend as it hosts its first home NSIC games of the year against Upper Iowa on Friday at 4 p.m., and Winona State on Saturday at 5 p.m.

SMSU Quick Hits

– Senior forward, Lauren Hedlund, enters the week just six points shy of becoming the 19th member of the SMSU women’s basketball 1,000 career points club.

– Head Coach, Tom Webb, enters his second season at the helm to the SMSU women’s basketball program after spending eight seasons at Cameron University in Lawton, Okla.

– SMSU is 315-238 all-time in home games after its win over Waldorf on Nov. 18.

– SMSU currently ranks first in the NSIC in blocked shots (all games).

– True freshman, Abuk Akoi, ranks first in the NSIC (all games) in blocked shots.

– Taylor Holicky’s six blocked shots at USF made her the first SMSU player since 2007 to have at least five blocked shots in a single game.

Upper Iowa Game Preview

UIU Team Notes

– 2016-17 Record: 4-23, 4-18 NSIC

– 2017-18 Record: 2-4, 0-1 NSIC

– Upper Iowa opened NSIC play with a 65-56 loss to Winona State at home on Saturday afternoon.

– The Peacocks went 1-4 during non-conference play with its lone win coming at home against Clarke.

– Blair Klostermann and Savannah Domeyer led the team in scoring with 12 and 11 points, respectively last weekend.

– Natalie Dinius joined the pair in double figure scoring with 10 points.

– Haley Martin pulled down a team-high 8 rebounds.

– The Peacocks will host Lincoln University on Monday night at 5:30 p.m., before traveling to SMSU and USF over the weekend.

Series History

– Upper Iowa leads the all-time series with SMSU, 13-9.

– The Mustangs are 5-6 all-time at home against the Peacocks.

– SMSU split last season’s games against Upper Iowa with a road win and a home loss.

– SMSU defeated Upper Iowa, 79-70 on Dec. 2, 2016 for the first win at SMSU for Head Coach, Tom Webb.

– Lauren Hedlund had 17 points and 16 boards in the Mustangs’ win over Upper Iowa last year.

– The Mustangs’ dropped the second game of the season against Upper Iowa last year in a 66-59 defeat on Jan. 7, 2017.

– Caleigh Rodning had 21 points and her first career double-double in the Mustangs’ loss to UIU this past January.

Game Coverage

– Friday night’s game will be broadcast live by Midco Sports Network on MidcoSN2 and MidcoSN2 HD.

– SMSU vs UIU will also be broadcast on 105.1 FM KARL with Ryan Rohlik and Anthony Rohlik handling the play-by-play for SMSU basketball.

– The game can also be viewed online at

Winona State Game Preview

WSU Team Notes

– 2016-17 Record: 22-9, 15-7 NSIC

– 2017-18 Record: 5-0, 1-0 NSIC

– WSU is off to its first 5-0 start since the 2014-15 season.

– The Warriors currently lead the NSIC in scoring margin (+25.4), field goal % (50.5), rebound defense (27.8).

– WSU ranks second in NSIC in turnover margin (+8), assist/turnover ratio (1.57), three-point % (39.5).

– Senior, Hannah McGlone, recorded her 13th career double-double vs. Waldorf (20 points/17 rebounds).

– Junior, Rachel Novotny, added 20 points vs. Waldorf.

– Freshman, Allie Pickrain, has scored in double digits in four of five games, including both last week as she leads the team with 13.6 ppg.

– WSU will play at USF on Friday night before traveling to Marshall to face SMSU on Saturday.

Series History

– SMSU leads the all-time series, 44-35.

– Winona State has won six straight games over SMSU dating back to the 2014-15 season.

– SMSU is 39-33 all-time in conference games against WSU.

– WSU won both of last season’s matchups including a 74-65 win over SMSU in Marshall in the last meeting on Jan. 6, 2017.

– The Mustangs went just 10 of 55 (18 percent) shooting in their first loss to WSU last season.

– In the second game against WSU last season, SMSU went on a 25-8 run in the second half as the Mustangs attempted to erase a 19-point deficit.

– Lauren Hedlund had 13 points and 18 boards while Caleigh Rodning led SMSU with 16 points in the second game vs WSU last season.

Game Coverage

– SMSU vs WSU will be broadcast on 105.1 FM KARL with Ryan Rohlik and Anthony Rohlik handling the play-by-play for SMSU basketball.

– The game can also be viewed online at

Conference Openers

– SMSU is now just 11-28 in home openers since 1979-80 season following last Saturday’s loss at USF.

– The Mustangs’ last win in a conference opener was a 63-56 home win over Augustana in 2010.

– SMSU has lost its last five conference openers all to Sioux Falls.

– Sioux Falls defeated SMSU, 75-45 in last season’s conference opener.

Fresh Faces

– The Mustangs’ 2017-18 roster features seven true freshman after having just two freshman on their 2016-17 roster.

– True freshmen, Sadie Stelter, Meleah Reinhart and Erin Baxter have started all four games for the Mustangs entering the weekend.

– True freshman players have accounted for 56 percent of the total minutes on the court for SMSU through three non-conference games and one NSIC contest with five freshman players averaging over 10 mpg.

Home Sweet Home

– SMSU is 35-14 all-time in home openers after its win over Waldorf on Nov. 18.

– The Mustangs win over Waldorf was the first win for SMSU in a home opener since a 101-43 win over Crown College back in 2013.

– SMSU fell, 75-40 to USF in last season’s home opener.

– The 2017-18 season marks the 22nd year the R/A Facility has been the home arena for SMSU women’s basketball.

– SMSU has compiled a record of 135-139 in 274 games in the R/A Facility.

– SMSU is 315-238 in all home games in the program’s history.

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