Wolves Drop Close Decision In Moorhead

Moorhead, MN (NSUWolves.com)– The Northern State women’s basketball team led for a majority of the first half of Tuesday night’s contest, but the Wolves struggled to score in the third quarter which allowed the Dragons to come from behind for the 60-53 victory. Alayna Benike led four Wolves in double figures on the night, scoring 12 points off 5-7 shooting from the field and shot a perfect 2-2 from beyond the arc.



Final Score: NSU 53, MSUM 60

Records: NSU 9-7 (4-6 NSIC), MSUM 8-6 (5-5 NSIC)

Attendance: 313



  • After falling behind 6-4 early, Northern State used a 7-0 scoring run to take an 11-6 lead into the first quarter media timeout; Rianna Fillipi would continue to knock down the mid-range jumper early, scoring eight points on 4-6 shooting in the quarter to give the Wolves a 20-16 edge after ten minutes of play
  • Fillipi was able to find Laurie Rogers cutting down the court on a fast break layup to stretch the Northern lead to seven points (25-18), capping a quick 5-0 scoring run just over two minutes into the second quarter
  • Alayna Benike knocked down Northern State’s third 3-pointer of the first half to give the Wolves their largest lead of the game at nine points (32-23) with 2:19 remaining
  • The NSU defense limited MSUM to 3-13 (23.1%) shooting from the field in the second quarter and held the Dragons to no made field goals in the final 3:50 of the period
  • MSU Moorhead reclaimed the lead in the third quarter for the first time since the game’s opening minutes, out-scoring the Wolves 21-6 in the period
  • Despite holding the Dragons scoreless for over four minutes of game time from 7:42 to 3:23 in the fourth quarter, the Wolves were only able to cut the lead down to four points after trailing by eight
  • Jordyn Hilgemann brought NSU within two points with 3:08 remaining in the game, knocking down her second 3-pointer of the contest
  • Both teams shot 22-54 (40.7%) from the field, while Northern knocked down five 3-pointers compared to only one for MSUM; the Dragons held the advantage at the charity stripe, shooting 15-17 (88.2%) compared to 4-7 (57.1%) for the Wolves



Alayna Benike: 12 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 2-2 3-pointers

Rianna Fillipi: 11 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals

Kailee Oliverson: 10 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 1 block

Jordyn Hilgemann: 10 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist



Northern State will stay on the road for their next two games as they travel south to face Sioux Falls and Southwest Minnesota State. The Wolves and Cougars are scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off on Friday evening at the Stewart Center. NSU will then close the weekend on Saturday afternoon against the Mustangs with a 3:30 p.m. tip-off at the R/A Facility.