Sports Briefs

Tetons advance to national tourney

CHICAGO – Williston State College forward Jackie Lee made all 10 of her field goals and scored 24 points Saturday to lead the Tetons to a 74-66 win over Malcolm X College for a berth in the NJCAA national tournament.

No. 20 WSC (30-3) avenged a loss to Malcolm X in last season’s district championship game by placing four scorers in double digits and shooting 51 percent from the field.

Jazzmine Robinson (26 points), Maggie Lorenz (11) and Katie King (11) joined Lee in double figures. King had a game-high 11 rebounds and Lee had 10 as the Tetons won the rebounding battle 49-34.

Malcolm X was paced by Jaleesa Armstrong’s 28 points.

– Daily News Staff

MSU baseball team’s rally falls short

TUCSON, Ariz. – By the time Minot State University’s bats woke up, it was too late.

The Beaver baseball team scored three runs in the ninth inning Saturday against Dakota Wesleyan University, but the Tigers held on for a 4-3 victory at Kino Sports Complex.

Sophomore Andrew Roach led the Beavers (3-2) at the plate by going 2-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs, but MSU finished with just six hits.

“We need to have good at-bats and put a complete game together at the plate,” MSU coach Brock Weppler said in a press release. “In the first five or six innings, we had five looking strikeouts and our goal is zero. Baseball is a game of constant adjustments, and that’s the beauty of it. Some umpires have big zones and we as a team need to adjust better to things like that.”

Sophomore pitcher Matthew Davis had a solid outing for MSU, going 6.1 innings and striking out seven while giving up eight hits.

The Beavers play Southwest Minnesota State University in a doubleheader beginning at 3:30 p.m. today. SMSU is also a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, but the games will count only toward non-conference records.

– Daily News Staff

WSC standout commits to Tulsa

Williston State College guard Marquel Curtis verbally committed to the University of Tulsa and head coach Danny Manning on Friday, ending a recruitment involving several major Division I programs.

Curtis won’t be allowed to sign until the spring signing date of April 17.

“Marquel has worked extremely hard for this opportunity,” WSC coach Eric Peterson said in a press release. “He has improved and matured as a basketball player a lot in the past two years. There is no doubt in my mind his success will carry over to the Division I level and the University of Tulsa. Coach Manning is getting a great player and an even better person.”

Curtis made the Mon-Dak Conference all-conference team in both of his two years with the Tetons, earning league MVP his freshman season. The 6-foot-4 wing averaged 20.7 points and 5.8 rebounds per game this season.

– Daily News Staff

Five Bobcats score in win over Tauros

BISMARCK – The Bismarck Bobcats put more than double the number of shots on net as the Minot Minotauros on Saturday.

That disparity also showed up on the scoreboard, as the Bobcats handled Minot 5-1 at VFW Sports Center.

Five different Bismarck players scored as the Bobcats (30-16-7) tallied 48 shots to Minot’s 22.

Jacob Benson scored the lone goal for the Tauros (25-24-4), who received 43 saves from goaltender Ryan Ruck.

Minot hosts division-leading Austin at 7:35 p.m. Friday at Maysa Arena looking to lock up the fourth and final playoff spot from the North American Hockey League Central Division.

– Daily News Staff

Faison to represent NCHC on NCAA hockey committee

GRAND FORKS (AP) – The NCAA said University of North Dakota athletic director Brian Faison will represent the new National Collegiate Hockey Conference on the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee.

The group oversees national tournament team selection, seeding and bracketing, as well as administrative issues such as suspensions and fines during all rounds of the tournament. The committee also selects sites for the regionals and Frozen Four.

The committee is made up of one person from each hockey-playing conference. The eight-team NCHC begins play next season. Members are UND, Colorado College, Denver, Miami of Ohio, Minnesota Duluth, Nebraska Omaha, St. Cloud State and Western Michigan.