NSU WBB Squad Starts Season with Split in Moorhead

MOORHEAD, MN (NSUWolves.com) –

FRIDAY

NSU

Central MO 75-57

[from MSUM’s Conference Challenge]

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Kailee Oliverson put Northern State up 10-7 early in the first quarter, converting an and-one opportunity after a made layup
  • Central Missouri ended the quarter on a 16-6 run, shooting 7/15 during the final six-minute stretch of play and would carry that momentum into the second period
  • NSU held the Jennies scoreless the final 1:45 of the first half and scored the final four points of the second quarter with layups by Madelyn Bragg and Rianna Fillipi
  • After forcing only two UCM turnovers in the first half, the Wolves were able to force three in the first three minutes of the third quarter and held the Jennies scoreless the first 3:14 of the second half
  • A Fillipi 3-pointer with 8:16 left in the fourth quarter was able to cut the Central Missouri down to 14 points after five consecutive points by the Wolves
  • Northern State countered a 6-0 Jennie run with an 8-0 run of their own with back-to-back 3-pointers by Fillipi and Jordyn Hilgemann, followed by a layup by Brynn Alfson; the scoring run cut the lead to 12 points with 4:39 remaining in the game, which was the closest the Wolves had been since the 5:58 mark in the second quarter
  • Northern State recorded 4 blocks in the game, extending a streak of 35 consecutive games with a blocked shot that dates back to a January 30, 2021, game against Minnesota Duluth
  • Northern out-rebounded Central Missouri 46-45, the Wolves grabbed 20 offensive rebounds that led to 20 second chance points

NORTHERN STATE STATISTICAL STANDOUTS

  • Rianna Fillipi: 16 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal
  • Kailee Oliverson: 11 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block

CENTRAL MO STATS

  • Brooke Littrell 20p; Lauren Frost 15p, 12r, 4a; Olivia Nelson 13p, 4a; Ashley Tull 10p

 

SATURDAY

NSU 67-46

Rogers State

[from MSUM’s Conference Challenge]

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Northern State closed the first half of play with five unanswered points with a layup by Zoe Hardwick and a 3-pointer by Rachel Garvey to go into the break with a 28-21 lead
  • Layups by Rianna Fillipi and Madelyn Bragg powered a 6-0 Northern run and pushed the lead out to 14 points with 3:56 remaining in the third quarter
  • The Wolves closed the game on a 12-0 run in the final 2:57, creating a 21-point margin of victory
  • Northern State shot 21-29 (72.4%) from the free throw line
  • NSU forced 21 Hillcat turnovers in the game and converted on them for 25 points off turnovers
  • Hilgemann’s 12 points set a new career-high for the sophomore and Bragg scored in double figures for the first time in her Northern State career

NORTHERN STATE STATISTICAL STANDOUTS

  • Rianna Fillipi: 12 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds 3 steals
  • Jordyn Hilgemann: 12 points, 5 rebounds
  • Madelyn Bragg: 10 points, 7 rebounds

ROGERS STATE STATS

  • Bailey Kliewer 18p