SMSU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: SMSU faces Concordia-St. Paul and Minnesota State on the road for second meeting

Independent file photo SMSU’s Meleah Reinhart brings the ball upcourt during their Feb. 17, 2018 game against Concordia-St. Paul. The Mustangs will face the Golden Bears today.

MARSHALL – The Southwest Minnesota State University women’s basketball team (6-7, 3-5) travels to Concordia-St. Paul (9-4, 5-3 NSIC) today for a 5:30 p.m. tip off and Minnesota State (5-7, 2-6 NSIC) on Saturday for a 3:30 p.m. start time.

•SMSU hosted CSP and MSU on Dec. 7-8 where SMSU split the weekend with a 74-73 victory over MSU and falling 66-63 to CSP.

SMSU quick hits

•SMSU’s win at Sioux Falls on Dec. 30 snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Cougars dating back to 2013.

•Freshman Jenna Borchers scored a career-high 13 points with three 3-pointers in the victory.

•SMSU broke a three-game losing streak against the conference favorite, Sioux Falls.

•Borchers scored a game-winning 3-pointer against No. 22 Augustana on Jan. 4.

•The victory over Augustana marked the first time SMSU has won six games in a season since 2011-12 season.

Broadcast info

•Both game will be broadcast on 105.1 FM KARL.

•Live stats and video can be found at SMSUmustangs.com.

Series history

vs. CSP

•CSP leads the all-time series 38-16, which dates back to the 1974-75 season.

•SMSU’s largest winning streak was 12 games from 1986-2002.

•CSP has won 34 of the last 36 games.

•The last time SMSU won was on Dec. 10, 2011, with a 60-55 victory in Marshall.

Series history vs. Minnesota State

•MSU leads the all-time series 41-18 which began in the 1970-71 season.

•SMSU broke a 23-game losing streak on Dec. 7 with a 74-73 victory at home.

•The last time SMSU won, prior to this year, was in the 2004-05 season with a 74-61 victory at Marshall in the SMSU Classic.

Scouting CSP

•Concordia-St.Paul is 9-4 overall and 5-3 in NSIC play.

•This weekend is the second meeting this season between the teams.

•CSP was picked to finish second in the NSIC overall preseason coaches’ poll.

•Senior Anna Schmitt was chosen as the South Division’s Preseason Player of the Year.

•Schmitt ranks third in all-time scoring at CSP.

•Lindsay Dorr leads the team in scoring with 17.7 ppg and rebounds with 10.1. Dorr also leads the conference in conference games with 10.6 rpg.

•Anna Schmitt leads the team in assists with 2.9 apg.

•CSP is shooting 41 percent from the field and 31 percent from the 3-point line.

•CSP is recording a +6.2 scoring margin and a +2.8 rebounding margin.

•Head coach, Amanda Johnson, is in her third full season as head coach. Johnson holds a 41-32 record and one appearance in the NSIC tournament where the Golden Bears reached the semifinals.

Scouting

Minnesota State

•MSU is 5-7 overall, 2-6 NSIC.

•The Mavericks are holding a four-game losing streak, with their last victory occurring on Dec. 15 with a 89-57 conference victory over Upper Iowa.

•Taylor Drost is one of two Maverick players to average in double figure scoring with 11.1 ppg and Rachel Shumski is second on the team with 10.2 ppg.

•Brooke Tonsfeldt leds MSU with 7.2 rpg and Monica Muth leads in assists with 3.2 apg.

•MSU is shooting 41 percent from the field, 36 percent from the 3-point range, 65 percent from the free throw line and is plus-6.7 in rebound margin.

•MSU is averaging 76 points per game, while opponents are averaging 70 points per game.

•Head coach, Emilee Thiesse, is in her seventh season as head coach. Thiesse has compiled a 181-116 record.

NCAA statistical rankings

•Caleigh Rodning ranks 11th in free throw pct. and 51st in free throws made.

•SMSU ranks 31st in 3-point field goals per game, 17th in 3-point field goals attempts, 25th in free throw pct. and 32ndin 3-point field goals made.

NSIC statistical rankings

•SMSU ranks second in the conference in three throw pct. with 76.5 percent.

•Abuk Akoi ranks fifth in steals and blocked shots.

•Caleigh Rodning ranks sixth in free throw pct. with 85 percent and 13th in rebounding with 6.8 rpg.

•Sadie Stelter ranks 13th in 3-pointers made with 13.

•Meleah Reinhart ranks 15th in free throw pct. with a 76 percentage.

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