Beavers share wealth in blowout

The Minot State University women’s basketball team didn’t need to pass the ball much on Sunday.

The Beavers were better at all five positions against Presentation College (S.D.), an overmatched NAIA opponent.

But MSU shared the rock anyway, assisting on 24 of 36 baskets and shooting 50 percent in an 88-55 blowout at the MSU Dome.

“It just means that we’re not selfish,” MSU junior forward Katie Hardy said. “We’re willing to give that extra pass. … It’s just gonna help us in the long run if we’re sharing it now.”

Star forward Carly Boag scored nine points in the first 3 minutes, 13 seconds to give MSU (3-0) an 11-4 lead. The senior converted all nine of her field-goal attempts and finished with 22 points and eight rebounds in 19 minutes.

The Beavers turned the game into a laugher early, leading 35-10 with 7:16 left in the first half. MSU maintained about a 30-point edge for the entire second half.

Eleven of 12 Beavers who played scored a point, and the other – sophomore guard Amanda Sansaver – dished out five assists with no turnovers.

“I thought we were very unselfish,” MSU coach Sheila Green Gerding said. “I thought we moved the ball well, especially against the zone, and found the right person many times and we did a nice job of finishing.”

Junior Christina Boag, Carly’s twin, scored 14 points and Alisha Jones and Morgan Klose finished with 11 and 10, respectively.

Klose, a starting shooting guard, remained in the game with the reserves late in the second half. Green Gerding said she wanted to see how the 5-foot-9 junior played at point guard because the team needs a third floor general behind Jones and Sansaver in the event of an injury.

Though never competitive, the Saints (2-5) gave the Beavers a chance to practice defending different offensive sets.

“They ran some good stuff,” Green Gerding said. “It was really a good opportunity for us to work on defending some of those screens and talking better defensively and some of those things.

“We also got a good look at our zone, and we got a lot of work to do on that. It’s just a chance for us to kind of take a look at where we’re at and what we need to improve on.”

Janvier Barbarin led Presentation with 17 points and nine rebounds.

The Beavers host former Dakota Athletic Conference rival Dickinson State at 5 p.m. Sunday.

Daniel Allar covers Minot State University athletics. Follow him on Twitter