SMSU WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Mustangs extend winning streak to three games heading into weekend hosting Winona State and Upper Iowa

Independent file photo SMSU’s Mateya Hutton looks to drive past a MSU Mankato defender during their game on Jan. 11. The Mustangs will face Winona State and Upper Iowa this weekend.

MARSHALL — The Southwest Minnesota State University women’s basketball team (9-8, 4-8 NSIC) returns to the R/A Facility this weekend after extending its winning streak to three games over this past weekend.

•SMSU will face second place in the NSIC South Division, Winona State (12-4, 8-4 NSIC) on Friday night with a 5:30 p.m. tip-off and will take on Upper Iowa (3-15, 2-10 NSIC) on Saturday with tip-off slated for 4 p.m.

•Friday’s game is set to help fundraise through SMSU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), in conjunction with Avera and the Carter Strong Foundation, to help raise funds to provide two outdoor LED lights for Carter’s Court at Independence Park in Marshall.

•SMSU extended its winning streak to three games with the first conference weekend sweep of the 2019-20 season.

•The Mustangs picked up an 85-61 victory over Minot State on Friday before earning a 91-85 overtime victory on Saturday, for its first overtime victory since the 2004-05 season.

•This weekend is the first meeting between the two teams this season.

Broadcast info

•Both games will be broadcast on 105.1 FM KARL with Ryan Rohlik providing play-by-play.

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

SMSU quick hits

•Junior guard Meleah Reinhart is leading the Mustangs in scoring with 15.8 ppg and has lead the Mustangs in scoring in eight games.

•Junior center Abuk Akoi leads the team in rebounding with 8.1 rpg. Akoi has led the team in rebounding in seven games and earned her third double-double of the season with 14 rebounds and 10 points in the victory over Minnesota State two weeks ago.

•Akoi tied her own school single-game record for most blocks in a single-game (seven) versus Minnesota State on Jan. 11.

•Sophomore guard Jenna Borchers has connected on a team-high 39 3-pointers and leads the team in assists with 39.

•Borchers earned a new career-high with 30 points over UMary. Borchers became the first Mustang to earn a 30-point game this season.

•This past weekend, SMSU had a season-high team assists (21) and free-throw percentage (8-of-8) versus Minot State, field-goal pct. (47.8) and points (91) versus UMary.

•Senior forward Caleigh Rodning has missed the last 11 games with an injury.

•SMSU is averaging 70 ppg, while opponents are averaging 67 ppg.

•SMSU is shooting 38 percent from the field, 33 percent from the 3-point line, and 81 percent the free-throw line and has a plus-0.2 rebounding margin.

Mustangs in the

SMSU record book

•Six Mustangs rank among the top 15 in several SMSU career records.

•Senior Caleigh Rodning ranks second in free throws made with 386 and is 23 from tying Andrea Schreier (1997-2001) for the all-time record of 409. She also ranks fourth in free throw pct. (83.6) and sixth in free throws attempts (464). Rodning is also five rebounds shy of becoming the 11th in player in team history to record 600 rebounds.

•Junior Abuk Akoi is fourth in team history with 126 blocked shots.

•Junior Meleah Reinhart ranks seventh in free throw pct. (79.7).

•Junior Erin Baxter ranks sixth in free-throw percentage (81.2).

•Sophomore Jenna Borchers ranks fourth in three-point percentage (39.4).

•Junior Sadie Stelter ranks eighth in 3-point field goals made (118).

Series history

vs. Winona State

•This is the 84th meeting in series history, dating back to the 1973-74 season.

•SMSU leads the all-time series 44-39 and has a 28-13 advantage of games played in Marshall.

•SMSU has lost the last 10 games in the series, with the last victory occurring on Jan. 17, 2014, 65-61 in Marshall.

•WSU has won 23 of the last 25 games overall since Feb. 17, 2006.

•SMSU head coach Tom Webb is 0-6 all-time versus Winona State.

Series history

vs. Upper Iowa

•This is the 27th meeting in series history, dating back to 2004-05 season.

•The series is locked at 13-13 with SMSU having a 7-6 edge in games played in Marshall.

•SMSU is on a four-game winning streak which began on Dec. 1, 2017, with a 75-55 victory in Marshall.

•The last five-game winning streak occurred from 2008-10.

•SMSU head coach Tom Webb is 5-1 all-time versus UIU.

Scouting Winona State

•Winona State is 12-4 overall and 8-4 NSIC.

•The Warriors are on a two-game winning streak after sweeping Minnesota Crookston and Bemidji State last weekend.

•Junior forward Taylor Hustad is scoring 14.6 ppg with a team-high 102-of-174 (58.6) from the field. Hustad also averages a team-high 9.2 rpg.

•Junior guard Allie Pickrain has a team-high 36 3-pointers.

•Scott Ballard is in his 16th season as head coach and holds a 276-181 overall record at WSU.

•WSU is shooting 42 percent from the field, 33 percent from 3-point range and 76 percent from the free throw line.

•WSU is averaging 73 points per game, while opponents average 67 points per game. Winona State has a plus-0.6 rebounding margin.

Scouting Upper Iowa

•UIU is 3-15 overall and 2-10 NSIC, after splitting the weekend series, falling 74-72 to Bemidji State and picking up a 82-67 victory over Minnesota Crookston.

•Freshman guard Jessica Musgrave leads the team in scoring at 14.6 ppg, shooting a team-high 44 percent from the field. Musgrave is also recording a team-high 6.1 rpg.

•Junior guard Natalie Dinius has a team-high 35 3-pointers.

•Nate Oakland is in his first season as head coach.

•UIU is shooting 36 percent from the field, 31 percent from 3-point range and 69 percent from the free throw line.

•UIU is averaging 58 points per game, while opponents average 71 points per game. UIU has a minus-4.7 rebounding margin.

— Content courtesy

of SMSU Athletic



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