Bismarck, N.D. (NSUWolves.com) – The Northern State Wolves were out-scored by nine in the fourth quarter as they dropped a North Division game by a final score of 55-69. Wolves drop to 9-18 overall and 6-15 in conference play.
Wolves went on a 10-0 run that lasted over five minutes in the first quarter to take a 12-10 lead. The Marauders went on multiple mini runs in the first quarter, as the Wolves trailed by six heading into the second quarter. NSU also went on a 12-0 run in the second quarter but trailed the Marauders by three heading into the intermission. The Wolves shot 52.2 percent from the field, 60.0 percent from behind the arc and tallied 11 assists on 12 made field goals.
The Marauders went on a 5-0 mini run to start the third quarter to extend the lead to 10 before the Wolves climbed back into the game to bring it back to two possessions with two minutes left in the third quarter. Northern State tied the game at 49 with 8:05 left in the game before the Marauders out-scored the Wolves 20-6 in the final eight minutes of the game. NSU shot 40.8 percent in the game, 58.3 percent from behind the arc, tallied 27 rebounds, a season high 19 assists, one block, and five steals.
Leading the way was Brianna Kusler tying her career high with 20 points, eight rebounds, and one assist. Lexi Wadsworth tallied double figures tonight with 10 points, six rebounds, one assist, and one steal. Anika Fredrick recorded six points, two rebounds, one assists, and the only block for the Wolves. Jessi Marti tallied a season high six assists, also adding five points, six rebounds, and three steals.
Tori Mekash recorded a career high in assists with seven on the night, with three points, one rebound, and one steal. Alayna Johnson led the Wolves with eight bench points tonight; she also added one rebound and one assist. Joie Spier was the last player in the scoring column for the Wolves with three points and one rebound. Brooke Luitjens and Zoe Hardwick each tallied one assist off the bench.
Minot, N.D. (NSUWolves.com) – Women’s basketball wins the final game of the 2019 regular season game with a win over Minot State by a final score of 73-68. With the victory, Wolves finished the regular season with a 10-18 on the regular season and 7-15 in conference play.
NSU started the game with 10-2 run in the first quarter and took a three point lead heading into the second quarter. The Wolves went on an 11-0 run in the middle of the second quarter taking a 16-point lead with 1:45 left in the second quarter. Northern State shot 45.5 percent from the field, 27.3 percent from behind the arc, 13 offensive rebounds, 109 assists, and one turnover.
The Beavers out-scored the Wolves in the third quarter 23-18 and the Wolves headed into the fourth quarter with a six-point lead. Minot State cut the Northern lead to one with 8:36 left in the fourth quarter. The Wolves and Beavers were tied at 66 with 2:29 left in the game before the Wolves went on a 7-2 run to pick up a victory. NSU shot 48.2 percent, 22.2 percent from behind the arc, 28 points in the paint, 18 points off turnovers, 12 second chance points.
Lexi Wadsworth tied a career high with 19 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, and one block. Brianna Kusler scored 17 points, six rebounds, five assists, and two steals. Anika Fredrick also scored in double figures with 12 points, five rebounds, and three assists. Tori Mekash recorded eight points, three rebounds, two assists, and one steal.
Jessi Marti was the final starter for the Wolves, finishing with seven points, four rebounds, two assists, and one steal. Alayna Johnson led the bench in scoring with five points and one rebound. Joie Spier scored three points and tallied one rebound off the bench for the Wolves. Zoe Hardwickwas the last player in the scoring column, finishing with two points. Brooke Luitjens finished with one assist in the game.
Wolves are back in action Wednesday for the NSIC/Sanford Health Women’s Basketball Tournament as they travel to Augustana for the first round of the tournament. Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. against the Vikings.