Tough Weekend For NSU Women’s Hoops

Duluth, MN ( – The Northern State women’s basketball team dropped a tightly contested battle with Minnesota Duluth on Saturday afternoon, falling by a score of 70-63 on New Year’s Eve. The Bulldogs had an answer for every comeback attempt by the Wolves, being able to push the lead back to double digits on multiple occasions after Northern clawed back to within three points in the second half.

Final Score: NSU 63, UMD 70
Records: NSU 7-5 (2-4 NSIC), UMD 10-2 (7-0 NSIC)


  • Northern State’s lone lead of the contest came with the game’s opening basket as Alayna Benike made a layup 20 seconds in to give NSU a 2-0 lead; Minnesota Duluth would then go on a 12-2 run to gain an 8-point lead
  • Four consecutive points by Kailee Oliverson brought Northern back within five points at 15-10, however Duluth led by as many as ten points in the opening period
  • In a back-and-forth second quarter, jumpers by Benike and Rianna Fillipi once again brought the Wolves back within five points with 1:57 remaining before halftime, however back-to-back 3-pointers in the closing minutes gave the Bulldogs a 39-28 advantage at halftime
  • After trailing by 12 points early in the third quarter, Oliverson capped a 9-0 run for Northern State to bring the Wolves within three points at 46-43 with 2:24 remaining in the third period
  • Minnesota Duluth built an 8-point lead in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, but a 3-pointer by Jordyn Hilgemann brought NSU back within three points moments later
  • The Bulldogs once again had an answer to push the lead to double digits at 66-56, but one last push for the Wolves cut the lead to five with 56 seconds remaining in the game
  • NSU out-scored UMD 35-31 in the second half and out-shot the Bulldogs 14-29 (48.3%) compared to 9-30 (30.0%)
  • The Wolves out-rebounded the Bulldogs 35-28 and held a 36-26 advantage in points in the paint

Kailee Oliverson: 19 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals
Rianna Fillipi: 11 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals
Alayna Benike: 10 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals


St. Cloud, MN ( – After a closely contested first half Northern State was unable to keep pace with St. Cloud State in the second half, losing the New Year’s Day game by a score of 74-53. The Wolves were able to take a 5-point lead mid-way through the second quarter thanks to a 14-2 scoring run, however the Huskies perimeter offense proved too strong as they knocked down 13 3-pointers in the game on 56.5 percent shooting from beyond the arc.

Final Score: NSU 53, SCSU 74
Records: NSU 7-6 (2-5 NSIC), SCSU 9-3 (6-2 NSIC)
Attendance: 375


  • St. Cloud State opened the game on a 12-5 run before Laurie Rogers converted a 3-point play after getting fouled on a layup to spark a 10-2 Northern State scoring run, Rogers scored seven of Northern’s final ten points of the period
  • After three minutes of scoreless play to start the second quarter Kailee Oliverson knocked down a pair of free throws and Madelyn Bragg made a layup to extend the Wolves scoring run to 14-2, giving NSU their largest lead of the game at 19-14
  • The Wolves held the Huskies to 0-4 shooting from the field with a pair of turnovers before scoring their first points of the second period at the 5:33 mark with a 3-pointer by Dru Henning
  • SCSU out-scored NSU 18-8 in the final five and a half minutes of the first half, knocking down four three pointers
  • St. Cloud State held a 42-26 advantage in the second half, however Northern State was able to end the game on an 8-0 scoring run
  • Northern State held a 26-24 edge in points in the paint and a 12-8 second chance points advantage
  • The Wolves shot 14-20 (70.0%) from the free throw line with Oliverson (4-4) and Rogers (3-3) each perfect from the charity stripe, this afternoon marked the 11th game this season with ten or more made free throws

Kailee Oliverson: 11 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block
Laurie Rogers: 11 points, 4 rebounds, 3 blocks, 1 steal
Madelyn Bragg: 8 points, 3 rebounds, 1 block
Jordyn Hilgemann: 8 points, 1 assist

Northern State will return to the friendly confines of Wachs Arena for the first time in four weeks next weekend when they host Augustana and Wayne State. The Wolves and Vikings are scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off on Friday afternoon. Northern then closes the weekend on Saturday with a 4 p.m. tip-off scheduled with the Wildcats.