Sports briefs

Beavers earn split with Northern State

ABERDEEN, S.D. – The Minot State University women’s basketball team got a game-high 16 points from Alisha “Speedy” Jones and 15 from Sacarra Molina in a 60-50 win over Northern State on Friday.

The Beavers (13-12 overall, 9-12 Northern Sun) avenged a 72-57 December loss to the Wolves.

NSU (15-10, 11-10) led 25-21 at the half Friday, but the Beavers loosened up offensively in the second half.

MSU coach Sheila Green Gerding said the Beavers struggled in the opening frame as they tried to get the ball to leading scorer Carly Boag, who was battling multiple defenders inside.

“They were double-teaming and triple-teaming and doing everything they could to keep the ball out of her hands,” Green Gerding said. “We stood around and looked for Carly the whole first half. The second half we had other people step up.”

Jones finished 7-of-10 from the field to lead the Beavers. Boag scored just nine points – half of her season average – on 4-of-6 shooting, but ripped down a game-high 18 boards.

Megan Mutchler (12 points) was the only NSU player in double figures as the Beavers kept the Wolves out of rhythm with a variety of defenses.

MSU concludes its regular season with a 4 p.m. matchup today at Minnesota State-Moorhead.

– Daily News Staff

Minot High School boys fall in OT

BISMARCK – Fourth-ranked Minot did enough to force overtime, but turnovers haunted the Magicians in a 54-53 loss to Bismarck Century on Friday night.

The fifth-ranked Patiots (13-2, 14-4) finished with a regualar-season sweep of Minot (12-3, 14-4) and now lead the West Region.

“We executed well down the stretch to get to overtime,” Minot coach Dean Winczewski said. “But we had four turnovers and didn’t capitalize.”

Caleb Albertson scored a team-high 17 points for the Magicians while Austin Frank (12 points) and Kyle Gerding (11 points) also reached double figures.

The Patriots were led by Tyler Ruldolph’s 18 points and eight rebounds.

Minot concludes its regular season on Tuesday when it hosts Williston.

– Daily News Staff

Tauros handle Coulee Region

The Minot Minotauros never trailed in a 5-2 victory over Coulee Region (Wis.) on Friday at Maysa Arena.

The Tauros (24-21-4) scored the games first three goals, and capped the contest with two in a row after the Chill pulled within 3-2.

Denis Dalidovich scored twice for Minot, and Jake O’Borsky, Mason Morelli, Lucas Oliver and Jerry Laakso tallied two points apiece.

The teams play again at 7:35 tonight.

– Daily News Staff

Majettes fall to Century

BISMARCK – Playing just six players Minot fought valiantly against second-ranked Bismarck Century, but fell 60-52 on Friday night

Cassie Askvig went down with an injury early and Minot coughed up 21 turnovers.

“We we didn’t shoot well,” said Minot coach Todd Magnuson, whose team was just 5 of 12 from the free-throw line. “And we had too many turnovers.”

Andie Hankla (13 points) and Loni Bryanntt (11) led the Majettes (8-9, 8-7), who play host to Williston on Thursday.

Hannah Larson had 26 points to lead the Patriots (16-2, 14-1).

Wolves pull away from Beavers

ABERDEEN, S.D. – The Northern State men’s basketball team hit 11 3-pointers and outscored Minot State by 13 in the second half to cruise to a 79-61 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference win on Friday.

Collin Pryor (16 points) led three Northern State players in double figures, and two more added nine points each.

“They had a solid and complete effort from a lot of guys,” MSU coach Matt Murken said in a press release. “We didn’t play a good basketball game overall. We let some of their guys do what they do well a little too much.”

Junior guard E.J. Williams had a team-high 14 points for the Beavers, who are now locked into the North Division’s No. 5 seed in next week’s NSIC tournament.

MSU (10-15 overall, 9-12 NSIC) plays its regular-season finale at 6 p.m. today at Minnesota State-Moorhead.

– Daily News Staff

MSU scoreless after Day 1

MANKATO, Minn. – The Minot State University women’s and men’s indoor track and field teams didn’t record a point Friday during the first day of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference meet.

The Beavers will have a chance to get on the board today, as sophomore Tyler Flatland and junior Maila Lucht qualified for a finals in their respective events. Flatland finished the 400-meter dash in 50.59 seconds, less than one second behind the winner. Lucht had a personal best of 2 minutes, 24.98 seconds in the women’s 800 prelims.

“I have a lot of mixed feelings about today,” MSU head coach Stu Melby said in a press release. “I thought some came out prepared and ready to compete while others didn’t. … I really was impressed with Maila’s performance today.”

The meet resumes this afternoon.

– Daily News Staff