Golden Bears pull away from MSU

The Minot State women’s basketball team maintained contact with Concordia-St. Paul despite the Golden Bears’ torrid shooting to start the game.

But when a couple Beaver miscues led to 10 unanswered C-SP points early in the second half, MSU couldn’t recover.

The Golden Bears pushed their lead to 17 with that spurt and maintained a double-digit lead for the rest of their 85-65 win Friday at the MSU Dome.

“We took a couple bad shots, made a couple bad decisions that resulted in scores at the other end,” MSU coach Sheila Green Gerding said. “Then (their lead) just kind of stretched out. … We got to the free-throw line like we wanted to, we kept battling, but you’re not gonna overcome that against good teams.”

C-SP, the top team in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference South Division, shot 49 percent from the field and placed five scorers in double figures. Anika Whiting, a 6-foot-2 sophomore post player, led the way with 21 points.

“I think we were patient and we waited for our good shots,” Whiting said. “We all know what we can do and can’t do and we talked about what would be good looks for us.”

On defense, the Golden Bears (14-5 overall, 12-3 NSIC) limited MSU standout Carly Boag to nine points on 3-of-11 shooting. Boag finished with a game-high 17 rebounds, but her double-double streak was halted at five games.

“I thought Carly really rushed everything tonight,” Green Gerding said. “She was maybe trying to use her quickness and it didn’t work to her advantage because she rushed it and missed shots. But they’re big and they’re strong and they’re physical in there, so it’s a credit to them too.”

The Golden Bears grabbed a double-digit lead behind hot shooting early. At the midway point of the first half, C-SP had knocked down 10-of-14 field goals, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range.

But MSU came back behind 13 first-half points from senior Francesca DeAngelis. The Beavers briefly tied the game at 33 with 3:39 in the opening period, but C-SP scored four points in the final 34 seconds to take a 39-34 lead into the locker room.

DeAngelis and senior guard Sacarra Molina each finished with 13 points for the Beavers (9-10, 5-10), and Lauren Safranski finished with 11 on the strength of 6-of-7 shooting from the foul line.

The Beavers shot 21-of-26 from the charity stripe and outrebounded C-SP 44-35, but the Golden Bears turned the ball over just 11 times to MSU’s 18.

MSU hosts Minnesota State-Mankato (15-4, 11-4) at 4 p.m. today.