SMSU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: CSP pulls away in fourth quarter for victory over Mustangs

Photo by Sam Thiel SMSU’s Jenna Borchers looks to drive around a Concordia-St. Paul opponent during their game on Friday. The Mustangs fell to the Golden Bears 68-51.

MARSHALL — The Southwest Minnesota State women’s basketball team (6-8, 1-8 NSIC) was outscored 26-7 by Concordia-St. Paul (9-6, 6-3 NSIC) in the final quarter to pull away to a 68-51 victory on Friday night in the R/A Facility.

Meleah Reinhart led the Mustangs with 17 points on the night while Jenna Borchers contributed 14. Abuk Akoi grabbed a team-high seven rebounds while Madison Gehloff added six boards.

The Golden Bears were led by Riley Wheatcraft finished with 20 points while Sydney Zgutowicz grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.

The Golden Bears utilized 64 percent shooting in the fourth quarter alone to pull away from the Mustangs to secure the victory.

The Mustangs shot 35 percent from the field (20-of-57) and 27 percent from beyond the arc (3-of-11), while the Golden Bears finished with 40 percent shooting from the field (25-of-62) and 50 percent from the three-point line(8-of-16).

The Mustangs fell behind by 10 points in the first quarter before rallying in the second, to tie the game 25-25 with 2:46 remaining.

SMSU earned the first lead at 37-36 in the third and went into the fourth quarter with a 44-22 lead.

The Golden Bears took back control in the fourth to claim the 68-51 victory.

Southwest Minnesota State hosts Minnesota State today at 4 p.m. in the R/A Facility to finish weekend play.

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