Marauders top cold-shooting MSU

The University of Mary Marauders were determined not to let Carly Boag beat them again.

So on Tuesday, the Marauders double-teamed Minot State’s 6-foot-2 post each time she caught the ball, daring the other players on MSU’s roster to beat them.

They couldn’t.

The Beavers shot just 26 percent from the field and hit 1-of-19 3-pointers as Mary won 70-58 at the MSU Dome.

Boag – who scored 31 points against Mary in Bismarck earlier this season – managed 16 points and 15 rebounds on 4-of-11 shooting.

But the Marauder defense was never penalized for collapsing on her as MSU guards Morgan Klose and Sacarra Molina combined to shoot 3-of-25 from the field and 0-of-11 from 3-point range. Molina and Klose entered the contest as the Beavers’ top 3-point shooters, having hit 17 treys apiece.

“We didn’t help (Boag) out by hitting perimeter shots,” MSU coach Sheila Green Gerding said. “She’d kick it out and then we’d miss shots. That 1-of-19 stands out. It’s glaring. We’ve gotta be able to knock down some shots to give her some help. Then they can’t double.”

Despite the horrendous shooting night, the Beavers (8-6, 4-5 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) stayed in the game until the later stretches of the second half.

Junior point guard Alisha Jones hit four straight free throws to pull MSU within 56-52 with four minutes, 34 seconds remaining, but on the Beavers’ ensuing possession Jones airballed a pull-up jump shot. Mary then rattled off a 10-0 run to put the game out of reach.

Senior point guard Ali Collins led the Marauders with 24 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. She hit 10-of-15 shots from the field by routinely getting into the lane for layups, pull-up jump shots and floaters.

“She’s our go-to player and she was that tonight,” Mary coach Rick Neumann said. “She did a good job attacking the rim.”

A bench player stepped up for each squad. MSU senior Francesca DeAngelis scored 14 points – including 10 during a stretch early in the second half when she singlehandedly kept the Beavers in striking distance.

When DeAngelis cooled off, Mary junior Lindsey Sand took over. Sand, who had previously averaged 4.4 points per game, scored 12 in the second half to boost the Marauders (11-5, 6-4).

The Beavers play a pair of road games this weekend at Wayne State College (Neb.) and Augustana College (S.D.).