Wolves WBB Falls Twice On The Road

Winona, MN (NSUWolves.com) [FRI] – A cold-shooting second quarter hindered Northern State on Friday evening, forcing them to play from behind the remainder of the game and fall to Winona State by a score of 73-66. The Wolves were able to shoot 48.3 percent from the floor in the second half and out-score the Warriors 40-38, however it was not enough to make up the first half deficit. The Warriors were efficient from floor all four quarters, shooting better than 50 percent from the field and 3-point range in the game.


Final Score: NSU 66, WSU 73

Records: NSU 12-9 (7-8 NSIC), WSU 10-11 (4-11 NSIC)

Attendance: 763



  • Winona State jumped out to an early 9-5 advantage in the opening minutes, however Morgan Fiedler and Rianna Fillipi knocked down back-to-back 3-pointers to give Northern State a 17-16 lead with 2:13 remaining in the first quarter
  • The Wolves were able to stay within single digits the entire second quarter, but the Warriors held a 17-9 advantage in the second period to take a 35-26 advantage into the halftime break
  • Five quick points for WSU pushed the Warrior lead to 14 points early in the second half, however Kailee Oliverson scored seven points for NSU on a 10-2 scoring run to bring the game back within single digits at 42-36
  • Jordyn Hilgemann scored the final four points of the third quarter to cap an 8-2 scoring run for the Wolves, bringing the deficit back to four points after the Warriors briefly pushed the lead back to ten points again mid-way through the period
  • A majority of the fourth quarter was Northern State and Winona State trading baskets, while the largest scoring run by either team was a 6-0 run by the Wolves early in period
  • Four points was the closest NSU was able to get in the final quarter when Rachel Garvey knocked down a 3-pointer with 24 seconds remaining; the Warriors iced the game away in the fourth quarter, going 10-11 from the free throw line
  • Northern State continues to be one of the best teams in NCAA Division II in terms of ball security, the Wolves recorded their eighth game of the season with ten or fewer turnovers, committing only nine against the Warriors
  • Northern out-rebounded Winona State 29-26 in the game, however tonight marked only the third game of the season with fewer than 30 rebounds for NSU
  • The Wolves shot 23-60 (38.3%) from the field, 8-17 (47.1%) from 3-point range, and 12-16 (75.0%) from the free throw line



Kailee Oliverson: 21 points, 8 rebounds

Rianna Fillipi: 15 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal

Alayna Benike: 8 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal


Fayette, IA (NSUWolves.com) [SATURDAY] – The Northern State women’s basketball team was unable to escape Dorman Memorial Gymnasium with a win on Saturday evening, dropping a closely contested game to Upper Iowa 63-60. Each team led by as many as eight points in the game, however the Peacocks were able to string together scoring runs at critical moments including a 6-0 run to end the game.


Final Score: NSU 60, UIU 63

Records: NSU 12-10 (7-9 NSIC), UIU 8-13 (4-12 NSIC)

Attendance: 148



  • Northern State jumped out to an early 7-2 lead in the game’s opening minutes with a pair of jumpers by Kailee Oliverson before Rianna Fillipi knocked down a 3-pointer from the left wing
  • Madelyn Bragg capitalized on a four point possession for the Wolves, putting down a turnaround jumper to push the lead to 13-5
  • The Wolves started the second quarter with a 17-9 lead, however Upper Iowa out-scored Northern 25-9 in the period and entered the halftime break with a 34-26 advantage
  • Northern State regrouped at the halftime break and put together a strong third quarter, out-scoring Upper Iowa 21-15 in the period and cutting the eight point halftime deficit down to only two points
  • Laurie Rogers made a free throw and a jumper while Oliverson added a jumper of her own for the Wolves as they started the second half by scoring the first five points and making five of their first eight shot attempts
  • Starting the fourth quarter trailing by two points, Fillipi, Rogers, and Oliverson were able to string together a 10-0 scoring run for Northern to go up 59-55 with 2:15 remaining; the scoring run and Peacock scoring drought spanned over five minutes of game time
  • Unfortunately, the four point lead was not large enough as UIU out-scored NSU 8-2 the final 1:26 of the contest to earn the win
  • Oliverson notched her third double-double of the season with 20 points and 14 rebounds; the outing was her sixth game of 20 or more points (third straight) and tied a career-high mark in rebounds
  • Rogers scored in double figures for the 14th time this season with 12 points and Fillipi reached double figures for the 11th time on the year with 13 points; Fillipi was also able to record a new career-high mark of three blocked shots in the contest
  • The Wolves shot 26-60 (43.3%) from the field compared to 23-64 (35.9%) for the Peacocks


Kailee Oliverson: 20 points, 14 rebounds, 1 block, 1 steal

Rianna Fillipi: 13 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 blocks

Laurie Rogers: 12 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal


The Northern State women’s basketball team will return to NSIC North Division play next weekend as they host division leaders St. Cloud State and Minnesota Duluth for I Hate Winter weekend. The Wolves and Huskies are set for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off on Friday evening, and Northern will then close the weekend against the Bulldogs on Saturday with a 6 p.m. tip-off from Wachs Arena.