SMSU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Mustangs to take on pair of NSIC North foes; “Hawaiian Night” scheduled for Saturday

Independent file photo SMSU’s Sarah Buysse tries to drive past a Northern State University defender during their “Hawaiian Night” game in January 2017. The Mustangs will face Minot State University and the University of Mary this weekend.

MARSHALL – Southwest Minnesota State women’s basketball gets set to begin the home stretch of the 2017-18 regular season facing a pair of NSIC North opponents beginning with Minot State on Friday night at 6 p.m., followed by Saturday’s Hawaiian Night game against U-Mary at 5 p.m.

SMSU Quick Hits

– SMSU gets set to host a pair of NSIC opponents this weekend including its annual “Hawaiian Night” on Saturday.

– Caleigh Rodning currently ranks in the NSIC’s top-10 in rebounding (total, offensive and defensive), free throw percentage, and ranks 12th in scoring.

– 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.

Minot State

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Minot State Team Notes

– 2016-17 Record: 4-25, 2-20 NSIC

– 2017-18 Record: 11-9, 8-8 NSIC

– Minot State extended their winning streak to five games with a weekend sweep over Winona State (76-50) and Upper Iowa (85-57) last weekend.

– The five-game winning streak in NSIC play is the longest winning streak for Minot State in conference play since joining the NSIC.

– Minot State improved to 9-1 when scoring 70 or more points this season, including 3-0 when scoring 80 or more points.

– The Beavers tallied a 91-53 advantage in rebounding last weekend.

– Holly Johnson averaged 15.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and two steals in two games while posting a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds vs. Winona State.

– Kari Clements averaged 14 points on the weekend while shooting 66.7 percent from the field and 55.5 percent from three-point range.

Series History

– The Mustangs are 3-3 all-time against Minot State.

– SMSU has won the past two matchups including a 52-41 win over the Beavers last February in Minot, N.D.

– SMSU is 2-3 against Minot State in conference games.

– The Mustangs are 1-1 all-time versus Minot State at home.

– SMSU won the first ever matchup in November of 2011, 72-60 in Minot, N.D.

Game Coverage

– SMSU vs MISU 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


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U-Mary Team Notes

– 2016-17 Record: 15-16, 10-12 NSIC

– 2017-18 Record: 11-11, 7-9 NSIC

– Marauders claimed their second straight home sweep with 73-38 win over Upper Iowa and 81-64 win over Winona State.

– U-Mary has won four straight home games and won 5 of 6 games overall.

– The Marauders came out of halftime and dominated the third quarter against both UIU and WSU by a combined 39-16.

– Gabbie Bohl averaged 22.5 ppg and 8.0 rpg last weekend.

– Cassie Askvig posted a pair of double doubles last weekend with 22 points and 11 rebounds against the Peacocks.

– Askvig added 10 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and three blocks against Winona State.

Series History

– U-Mary leads the all-time series, 11-3.

– U-Mary has won six straight dating back to January of 2012.

– The last win for SMSU was an 80-69 win back in January of 2011.

– The last three games between SMSU and U-Mary have all been forced into overtime, with U-Mary winning all three.

– SMSU just 1-6 all-time at home against U-Mary with its lone home win coming in December of 2009 (62-58 SMSU win).

Game Coverage

– SMSU vs U-Mary 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

Recipe for


In its four wins this season, SMSU has:

– Committed 13 or fewer turnovers.

– Held opponents to 35 percent shooting or below.

– Combined for at least 11 assists as a team and attempted at least 61 field goals.

– Tied or outrebounded its opponent, pulling in at least 37 total rebounds as a team.

– Been led in scoring by Caleigh Rodning who has 18.8 ppg and has shot 54 percent (21 of 39) from the field.

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