Sports briefs

Upper Iowa pulls away from Minot State

FAYETTE, Iowa – The Upper Iowa men’s basketball team shot 58 percent from the floor and 44 percent from 3-point range in an 88-71 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference victory over Minot State on Friday.

Josh Weeber led the Peacocks (6-9 overall, 4-5 NSIC) with 21 points on 8 of 12 shooting, and two other scorers reached double figures.

“Our inability to stop them off the bounce and to keep them from driving was the story of the game,” MSU coach Matt Murken said in a press release. “They had a lot of wide open jumpers by some pretty good shooters. You’re not going to win giving up 58 percent from the floor.”

The Beavers (6-7, 2-7) shot 39 percent from the field. Sophomore point guard Dominique McDonald led MSU with 17 points but made just 4 of 12 shots. Seniors Samuel Johnson, Chris East and E.J. Williams recorded nine points apiece, and East grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.

MSU plays at No. 21 Winona State tonight at 6.

– Daily News Staff

Collective effort leads Beavers past Upper Iowa

FAYETTE, Iowa – All five starters scored in double figures for the Minot State University women’s basketball team, which defeated Upper Iowa 77-67 on Friday in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game.

MSU junior Christina Boag tallied a game-high 23 points on 8 of 12 shooting and added seven rebounds, four assists and three blocks. Seniors Carly Boag (14 points) and Alisha “Speedy” Jones (11) and juniors Katie Hardy (12) and Morgan Klose (11) also finished with double digits.

“We had great balance, moved the ball around real well and shared the wealth,” MSU coach Sheila Green Gerding said in a press release. “Morgan is probably playing the best basketball of her career and Speedy doesn’t try to do too much, but really operates the offense and has hit some big shots to stretch the defense.”

The Beavers (10-3 overall, 6-3 NSIC) limited the Peacocks to 39.3 percent shooting and held a 40-16 advantage in the paint.

MSU recorded assists on 27 of its 31 baskets, led by Jones’ seven. Eight Beavers recorded at least one assist.

Whitney Kieffer led the Peacocks (4-9, 3-6) with 20 points and Sam Thrapp recorded a double-double with 14 points and 12 assists.

The Beavers play at Winona State today at 4 p.m.

– Daily News Staff

Sharpshooting Majettes beat Mandan

MANDAN – The Minot High School girls basketball team hit 11 3-pointers en route to a 64-58 victory against Mandan in a West Region contest Friday.

MHS sophomore forward Cassie Askvig finished with a game-high 31 points, hitting seven shots from behind the arc.

“She took charge of the game when we needed it down the stretch,” said assistant coach Joel Lawson, who is filling in while Todd Magnuson is on medical leave. “We got her the ball in open spots and the girls did a great job of getting the ball to her.”

Lawson said the Braves (1-6 overall, 0-4 region) played zone throughout most of the game, allowing the Majettes (5-3, 3-2) to get open looks from the perimeter. MHS senior Jayden Moum (11 points) and junior Sierra Duttenhefer (10) joined Askvig in double figures.

Mandan’s McKayla Howling Wolf had a team-high 20 points and knocked down three 3s.

Lawson said MHS junior McKale Duttenhefer left the game in the first half with a twisted knee. He didn’t know the severity of the injury, but said he didn’t believe it was as bad as last year when she tore her ACL.

Minot plays Century on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the MSU Dome.

– Daily News Staff

Knights cruise past Sioux

Freshmen Lauren Hendrickson and Morgan Olson scored 15 points apiece Friday to lead the Our Redeemer’s Christian School girls basketball team to a 53-42 win over Westhope-Newburg.

The Knights (4-3) led 35-17 at halftime and 50-22 after three quarters before the Sioux made a comeback.

Morgan Kersten had 13 points to pace W-N and Molly Lodoen added 10.

ORCS travels to Max today and the Sioux host Sawyer on Monday.

– Daily News Staff

Top-ranked Lions crush Dunseith

The Bishop Ryan girls basketball team jumped out to a 16-point lead after the first quarter and never looked back, cruising to a 94-37 victory against Dunseith on Friday.

Ryan junior forwards Hannah Stewart and Gabbie Bohl combined for 48 points on 20 of 31 shooting and the bench chipped in with 26 points. Senior Sydney Landsiedel and sophomore Sheyenne Schmidt came off the bench and scored 11 points each.

“Sheyenne and Sydney have really played well the last few games,” Ryan coach Julie Stewart said. “It’s comforting to have kids focused and ready to give you some quality minutes off the bench. Shey is playing consistent and it was great to see Syd knock down some shots tonight.”

Junior Maddie Wald was the fourth Lion in double figures, scoring 10 points.

Defensively, Ryan (7-0) forced the Dragons into 28 turnovers and held them to 36 percent shooting. Elizabeth Handeland led Dunseith with 13 points.

The Dragons (2-5) host Munich-Starkweather today and the Lions play Surrey on Thursday at 7:15 p.m.

– Daily News Staff

Tauros fall to Austin

AUSTIN, Minn. – The Minot Minotauros were within striking distance the entire game, but couldn’t find that timely goal late in a 4-2 loss to the Austin Bruins on Friday.

Trailing 1-0 after one period, the Tauros (14-19-3) tied the game early in the second on a goal by Tyler Shipstad. Austin’s Sam Kauppila responded to give the Bruins a 2-1 advantage heading into the third period.

Austin (23-11-1) extended its lead to 3-1, but Beau Ricketts’ goal a short time after pulled Minot within one. The teams played scoreless hockey until Austin’s Jay Dickman scored an empty-netter with 25 seconds remaining.

Tauros goaltender Brandon Wildung made 26 saves in the loss.

The teams play tonight at 7:05 in Austin as Minot looks to snap a six-game skid.

– Daily News Staff

MSU softball team names 2014 captains

The Minot State University softball team announced its captains for the upcoming season Friday.

MSU seniors Katie Backes and Jen Dixon and juniors Ali Cygan and Melissa Bell will serve as captains for the Beavers, who set a school record with 40 wins and advanced to the NCAA Division II tournament last season.

Backes, Dixon and Bell were captains that year. Cygan is the lone addition.

“I’m happy to announce the naming of a new captain for our softball program,” MSU coach Bill Triplett said in a press release. “Cygan is a hard worker, a great student and is always very focused on the job at hand. I expect she will do an excellent job in leading our newcomers down the right path.”

The Beavers open their season in Las Vegas, Nev., on Feb. 7 in the Montana State-Billings Desert Stinger.

– Daily News Staff

Magicians edge Jamestown in OT

JAMESTOWN – Senior forward Hayden Schwarz scored 2:01 into overtime to give the Minot High boys hockey team a 6-5 West Region victory over Jamestown on Friday.

Schwarz’s goal helped the Magicians (8-3-1 overall, 6-1 region) salvage a win after giving up three unanswered tallies in the final three minutes of regulation.

Austin Rene scored two of those goals for the Blue Jays (3-6-1, 3-4-1) and assisted on the other.

Matt Flom posted two goals and an assist from Minot and junior goaltender Breydan Effertz recorded 23 saves.

The Magicians play at Dickinson at 5 p.m. today.

– Daily News Staff

No. 6 Beavers edge No. 3 Ohio

The Minot State University men’s club hockey team returned to the ice for the first time in 2014 and posted a 4-3 victory against No. 3 Ohio University on Friday at Maysa Arena in a rematch of last year’s national semifinal.

MSU forward Sean Delwo put the sixth-ranked Beavers (15-4-2) on the board first with 1:23 remaining in the opening period with assists to forward Mike Jordan and defenseman Kyle Stephens. MSU lead 1-0 after one.

The nationally-ranked teams traded a pair of goals in the second period before a goal by MSU forward Jeremy Johnson with 14:33 left gave the Beavers a 4-2 cushion. Ohio’s Justin Ramos scored with 8:02 remaining, but MSU goaltender Wyatt Waselenchuk didn’t allow the Bobcats (20-6-1) to tally the equalizer.

“What a great first game back,” MSU coach Wade Regier said in a press release. “We played well when we needed to. (Ohio) is one of the best teams and we needed this big win.”

Waselenchuk finished with 49 saves.

The teams play tonight at 7:30 at Maysa Arena.

– Daily News Staff