Wolves Offense Explodes On Saturday Afternoon

Sioux Falls, S.D. (NSUWolves.com) [FRI] – After a strong third quarter of play Northern State was unable to get shots to fall late, dropping a 49-44 game at Sioux Falls on Friday night in the Stewart Center. Northern led by four points with four minutes remaining in the game, however an untimely scoring drought allowed the Cougars score nine unanswered and protect home court.


Final Score: NSU 44, USF 49

Records: NSU 9-8 (4-7 NSIC), USF 5-12 (2-9 NSIC)

Attendance: 641


  • Cold shooting plagued Northern State in the game’s opening minutes, with the Wolves first field goal not coming until the 6:17 mark on a Rianna Fillipi 3-point basket
  • After a Kailee Oliverson layup tied the game at six with 3:51 remaining in the first quarter, Sioux Falls used three 3-pointers to power an 11-0 scoring run to end the opening ten minutes of play
  • After trailing by 13 points early in the second quarter, Jordyn Hilgemann knocked down a 3-pointer to cut the USF lead to 22-16 midway through the period
  • The Cougars opened the game having made their first five 3-pointers, not missing until the 4:11 mark of the second quarter
  • A Madelyn Bragg jumper once again brought the Wolves within seven points during a 7-0 scoring run with 6:45 remaining in the third quarter
  • A driving layup by Fillipi capped the third quarter of play with the Wolves holding a 16-8 scoring advantage in the period, bringing NSU within four points (38-34)
  • The Northern defense held Sioux Falls to 3-14 (21.4%) shooting from the field in the third quarter, the Cougars had scoring droughts of 4:24 and 3:22 during the third period
  • Northern State took their first lead of the game with 6:59 remaining in the game on a Laurie Rogers layup
  • A 7-0 scoring run allowed the Wolves to lead by as many as four points (44-40) with four minutes remaining in the contest, during the scoring run the NSU defense once again held USF scoreless for nearly a five-minute stretch
  • An untimely scoring drought hit the Wolves late, allowing the Cougars to score nine unanswered points during the final four minutes of the game
  • Rogers set a new season-high mark with eight blocks in tonight’s game, falling one short of her career-high set last season


Madelyn Bragg: 9 points, 3 rebounds

Rianna Fillipi: 8 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals

Laurie Rogers: 7 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 8 blocks, 1 steal


Marshall, MN (NSUWolves.com) – The Northern State defense locked down the NSIC’s top 3-point shooting team on Saturday afternoon, leading to an 82-62 victory at Southwest Minnesota State. A pair of big performances by Rianna Fillipi and Kailee Oliverson were key in handing the Mustangs their largest defeat of the season and largest home loss since NSU went into the R/A facility and won by 25 points on January 28, 2017.


Final Score: NSU 82, SMSU 62

Records: NSU 10-8 (5-7 NSIC), SMSU 11-6 (8-4 NSIC)

Attendance: 900


  • An Alayna Benike 3-pointer capped a 7-0 scoring run for Northern State in the opening minutes of the game, the run allowed the Wolves to grab the early momentum to race out to a 21-13 lead after ten minutes of play
  • A Morgan Fiedler jumper and Kailee Oliverson layup extended the NSU lead to 12 points (25-13) early in the second quarter, however Southwest out-scored Northern 11-4 the remainder of the period to cut the NSU lead to five points at the halftime break
  • SMSU was able to bring the game within one point early in the second half, but Rianna Fillipi sparked an 11-0 scoring run to push the Northern lead back to double digits
  • The Mustangs were momentarily within six points twice in the fourth quarter, but the Wolves put the game away with a 14-3 scoring run in the final 5:16 of game time
  • Southwest Minnesota State entered the game as the top 3-point shooting team in the NSIC, shooting the ball 37.3 percent with 9.4 made 3-pointers per game; the Wolves held the Mustangs to a season low 21.4 percent on 6-28 shooting from deep in the contest
  • Fillipi notched her third career double-double and first of the season with a career-high 25 points while tying a career-high with 12 rebounds
  • Fillipi (25 points) and Oliverson (21 points) became the first Northern State duo to score 20 or more points in the same game since January 11, 2020, when Brianna Kusler (31 points) and Lexi Roe (29 points) did so in a victory at Bemidji State
  • The Wolves held a +16 advantage on the boards, out-rebounding SMSU 44-28
  • NSU held a 58-22 advantage in points in the paint, a 14-13 advantage in points off turnovers, and 12-6 advantage in bench points



Rianna Fillipi: 25 points (career-high), 12 rebounds (tied career-high), 6 assists, 1 steal

Kailee Oliverson: 21 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block

Laurie Rogers: 11 points, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks


The Northern State women’s basketball team returns to Aberdeen next weekend, welcoming Minnesota State and Concordia-St. Paul. The Wolves and Mavericks are set for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off on Friday evening, and Northern will then close out the weekend with a 6 p.m. tip-off against the Golden Bears on Saturday.