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:
– Northern State center Sadie Stotesbery was named the NSIC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week after averaging 16 points, 11 rebounds, 2.5 assists and one block during Wolves wins over No. 17 Minnesota State-Mankato and Concordia-St. Paul. It’s the first time the 6-foot-2 junior has earned that award this season.
– Bemidji State junior Brock Lutes earned the men’s honor following a 59-point weekend. The 6-4 junior scored a season-high 34 in a win over Augustana on Friday, and added 25 points the following evening in a win against Wayne State.
In the win over Augustana, BSU shot a school-record 71.2 percent from the floor – the best mark in Division II this season.
For the weekend, Lutes shot 19 of 29 (65.5 percent) from the field, 8 of 16 from 3-point range and 13 of 14 from the free-throw line.
Lutes is scoring a conference-best 20.7 points per game in league contests.
– Mankato junior Zach Monaghan recorded double-doubles in back-to-back games for the first time in his career. The 6-3 point guard had 20 points and 12 assists in a win against Northern State on Friday, and followed with 18 points and 11 helpers in a loss to Minnesota State-Moorhead on Saturday.
Monaghan’s 12 assists against Northern State are the most by an NSIC player this season.
– Minnesota Duluth senior guards Peter Crawford and Jordan Reetz matched Sioux Falls’ scoring output in an 86-64 win.
Crawford scored a career-high 34 points and went 16 of 17 from the charity stripe. Reetz added 30 points.
– After dropping out of the national top 25, the Augustana women’s basketball team posted a pair of dominant offensive performances as it went 2-0 on the weekend.
Junior guard Shaunteva Ashley scored 22 points Friday in a 99-82 win over Bemidji State and poured in a career-high 25 in Saturday’s 94-83 victory against Minnesota Crookston.
– Upper Iowa 149-pounder Edwin Cooper recorded four pins during a 5-0 weekend at the NWCA National Duals in Des Moines, Idaho.
Cooper, the No. 5-ranked wrestler in his weight class, defeated No. 1 Jordan Basks of Central Oklahoma 9-4 in the only match in which he didn’t record a pin. Cooper is 28-2 on the season with 16 pins, a tech fall and three major decisions.
No. 10 Upper Iowa finished seventh at the NWCA National Duals. No. 5 St. Cloud State took third.
– The conference handed out four weekly awards for indoor track and field.
Mankato’s Keyvan Rudd was named the men’s field athlete of the week after high jumping 7 feet, 0.25 inches on Saturday at the Minnesota State Alumni Open. That jump is currently the top mark in Division II.
Rudd’s teammate Jerrell Hancock won the 200-meter dash in 21.67 seconds and finished the 60 meters in 6.84 – meeting the provisional qualifying standard for the national meet.
Mankato senior Zevin Carter was named the NSIC Women’s Track Athlete of the Week after finishing the 60-meter hurdles in 8.89 seconds. The time was a personal best for Carter and met the provisional qualifying standard.
Sioux Falls senior Brigitte Gross automatically qualified for the national meet with a pole vault of 13-01.5, which is the top mark this season in Division II.