NSU WBB Squad Defends Home Turf Against South Squads on NSIC Scoreboard

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FRIDAY

(#12) MSU

NSU 72-69

 

It wasn’t until the final buzzer sounded when everyone in attendance in Wachs Arena could finally let out a sigh of relief, as Northern State secured a 72-69 victory over No. 12 Minnesota State. The Wolves withstood the relentless pressure of the Mavericks defense, finding passing lanes to score 40 points in the paint in the win.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Northern State grabbed the momentum early with a 13-4 scoring run to open the game
  • Minnesota State cut the lead back to five mid-way through the second quarter, however six points from Jordyn Hilgemann in the paint powered an 8-0 scoring run to give NSU their largest lead of the game at 13 points (31-18); the Mavericks made another push at the end of the period to bring the game within two points (35-33) after a 15-4 scoring run
  • A 3-pointer by Emily Herzberg to open the third quarter gave MSU, holding the lead a majority of the period and leading by as many as six points (50-44); a pair of free throws by Kailee Oliverson brought NSU back within one point (52-51) at the end of the third quarter
  • A layup by Laurie Rogers to open the fourth quarter gave NSU their first lead since the halftime break, and the Wolves would only surrender the lead once in the final ten minutes
  • A jumper by Joey Batt gave Minnesota State their final lead of the contest at the 5:07 mark (60-59), before an Oliverson layup on an assist by Rianna Fillipi gave the Wolves the lead for good with 4:46 remaining
  • Alayna Benike and Oliverson iced the game away, each making a pair of free throws in the final ten seconds to secure the win
  • The Wolves improved to 8-1 when leading at the halftime break this season
  • The Northern State defense held Minnesota State to a season low 29.9 percent shooting from the field (23-77)
  • Northern shot 25-32 (78.1%) from the free throw line, including 7-8 in the fourth quarter; Rogers (7-7), Oliverson (5-5), and Rachel Garvey (2-2) were all perfect from the charity stripe
  • For the second time this season, Rogers (19 points, 10 rebounds) and Oliverson (17 points, 12 rebounds) secured double-doubles in the same game
  • Hilgemann gave the Wolves a spark off the bench tonight, scoring a career-high 16 points all in the first half; Benike also grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds in the game

NORTHERN STATE STATISTICAL STANDOUTS
Laurie Rogers: 19 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks
Kailee Oliverson: 17 points, 12 rebounds, 1 block
Jordyn Hilgemann: 16 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists

 

CSP

MSUM 73-65

 

WSU

Minot State 66-58

 

UIU

U-Mary 80-56

 

UMC

Augustana 69-60

 

BSU

WSC 71-55

 

SCSU 70-59 [OT]

SMSU

 

(#13) UMD 72-54

USF

 

 

SATURDAY

CSP

NSU 71-52

 

The Northern State women’s basketball team added to their storied tradition on Saturday night as they reached 1,000 all-time wins in program history with a 71-52 victory over Concordia-St. Paul. The Wolves carried the momentum of a top-25 upset into tonight’s contest as they grabbed the lead early and never trailed the Golden Bears. With the win Northern State becomes the first women’s basketball program among current NSIC members to achieve the milestone.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • With the teams trading baskets early in the game, Northern State seized momentum with 9-3 scoring run sparked by a jumper by Jordyn Hilgemann; the Wolves extended the lead to nine points (21-12) at the end of the period with a four straight points off a Kailee Oliverson jumper and a pair of free throws by Hilgemann
  • Northern increased the lead to as many as 16 points (35-19) late in the second quarter on another Oliverson jumper, and took a 14 point lead into the halftime break after a jumper by Laurie Rogers off a Rianna Fillipi assist with two seconds remaining
  • Concordia-St. Paul used a 9-2 scoring run in the in the opening minutes of the third quarter to cut the lead to eight points, however the Wolves maintained their composure as Alayna Benike and Hilgemann each knocked down a 3-pointer to push the lead back to double digits
  • Northern State closed the game strong shooting 50.0 percent from the field in the final ten minutes, and a 3-pointer by Rachel Garvey and a jumper by Halle Heinz gave NSU their largest lead of the game at 19 points (71-52) in the final minute of action
  • As a team Northern dished out 19 assists in the win (second most in a game this season), led by Benike with a career-high seven assists and Fillipi added six more
  • NSU collected a season-high 11 blocked shots in the contest, led by Rogers with six blocks on the night; Rogers notched her third game of the season with five or more blocks
  • The Wolves shot 11-12 (91.7%) from the free throw line, with Oliverson (4-4), Rogers (4-4), and Hilgemann (2-2) each perfect from the charity stripe on the night
  • With the win Northern State improved to 9-1 when leading at the halftime break and 6-0 when scoring 70 or more points

NORTHERN STATE STATISTICAL STANDOUTS
Kailee Oliverson: 22 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks
Jordyn Hilgemann: 15 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks
Laurie Rogers: 14 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 6 blocks

 

(#12) MSU 77-70

MSUM

  • MSU fought back from 7p down at halftime for a 7p win at Moorhead

 

UIU

Minot State 72-61

 

WSU

U-Mary 75-49

 

UMC 74-72

WSC

 

BSU

Augustana 82-38

 

(#13) UMD 87-75

SMSU

  • UMD All-American Brooke Olson had a career-best 35p on 15/21 shooting to help the Bulldogs stay perfect in the NSIC. The Bulldogs shot 62% overall, but SMSU only lost by 12p thanks to hitting nine more treys (13-4).

 

SCSU 61-42

USF