Each week, The Minot Daily News features a roundup of notable performances, news and results from teams in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Here’s what happened last week:
– The NSIC football season came to a close Saturday with a pair of lopsided defeats against Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association opponents.
Second-ranked Northwest Missouri State handled No. 12 St. Cloud State 59-21 in the Super Region 3 championship game. The Bearcats play Grand Valley State (Mich.) Saturday in the national semifinals.
No. 17 Pittsburg State (Kan.) throttled Southwest Minnesota State 90-28 in the Mineral Water Bowl.
– Six-time defending national champion Concordia-St. Paul won the Central Region volleyball tournament Saturday with a 3-1 win over fellow NSIC school Minnesota Duluth, which had beaten C-SP in the teams’ previous two meetings.
The third-ranked Golden Bears (32-3) swept their other two matches of the region tournament. C-SP plays No. 1 Tampa in a national quarterfinal Thursday in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The matchup is a rematch of the 2012 national title match.
– Bemidji State senior Maxie Rosenbloom was named the NSIC Men’s Basketball Player of the Week after recording the first 20-point, 20-rebound game in school history. The 6-foot-6 forward tallied 21 points and a school-record 24 rebounds in a 70-65 win Friday over St. Cloud State.
He followed that up with 15 points and 11 rebounds – his fourth double-double of the season – in Saturday’s win against Minnesota Duluth.
– Two men’s basketball players broke the 30-point mark this weekend. Minnesota Crookston senior guard Ashton Harrell scored a career-high 34 in an 87-85 win against Minnesota Duluth. Harrell shot 9 of 13 from the field, 4-for-4 from 3-point range and 12-for-12 from the free-throw line.
Winona State freshman guard Riley Bambenek went for 33 points and nine rebounds in a 78-75 win over No. 9 Minnesota State-Mankato, the first ranked team Bambenek has faced in his college career.
– Minnesota Duluth senior post Hannah Rutten was named the NSIC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week after averaging 20 points and 14 rebounds in a pair of wins this weekend. Rutten has won the award twice this season.
– The No. 5 St. Cloud State wrestling program set an NCAA Division II record with its 48th consecutive dual match victory last week. Tanner Johnshoy, a 125-pound freshman for the Huskies, was named the NSIC Wrestler of the Week after going 4-0 on the week and winning his weight class at the Dragon Open in Moorhead, Minn.