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SMSU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Mustangs use big second half in victory over Concordia (Ore.)

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Southwest Minnesota State women’s basketball team returned to the court after a week hiatus to earn a 76-58 victory over non-conference opponent, Concordia (Ore.), on Friday evening at the LCEF Court.

Southwest Minnesota State advances to a 4-1 record overall after opening a 3-0 start to the season before falling to Sioux Falls in the conference opener last week. Concordia (Ore.) is a member of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) and drops to a 1-6 overall record and has yet to open conference play.

SMSU shot 36 percent (25-of-69) from the field and 27 percent from the 3-point line (8-of-30) while Concordia shot 32 percent from the field (21-of-65) and 26 percent from beyond the arc (6-of-23).

The Mustangs recorded four players in double-figures as Sadie Stelter led the team with 10 points while Jenna Borchers followed behind with 17. Meleah Reinhart finished the night with 13 points while Sara Teske had 11. Caleigh Rodning recorded a team-high 10 rebounds and added nine points.

Stelter and Rodning each led with three steals as the team finished with 12 which helped the Mustangs to 26 points created off turnovers to earn the edge over the Cavaliers and to lead the Mustangs to the victory.

Concordia was led by Abby Aplaca who finished with 15 points after going 4-of-4 from the free throw line.

The Mustangs battled the Cavaliers back-and-forth in the first quarter to finish the first with a two-point edge. Even after falling to an early 7-2 deficit, the Mustangs scored in three consecutive possessions as a three-pointer from Sam Wall would put the Mustangs back up, 9-7.

Borchers would convert a three-point play to put the Mustangs up 12-7 with under five minutes to go in the opening quarter. The battle would include until the final seconds as Teske would secure a 19-17 lead.

The Cavaliers wasted no time in the second quarter tying the game up with early free-throws. Reinhart helped the Mustangs gain the largest lead as she recorded a three-pointer and made both attempts at the free-throw line in the final two minutes of the opening half.

The Mustangs would capitalize on the lead as the Cavaliers remained scoreless until seven minutes remained on the clock in the third quarter and would lead throughout.

Southwest Minnesota State (4-1, 1-0 NSIC) faces Western Oregon (2-3) today at 4 p.m. CST in Monmouth, Ore., in the New PE Building.

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