One for the books
First she broke Minot State’s career scoring record. Then she single-handedly broke the will of Southwest Minnesota State. To top it off, she edged the Beavers’ single-game scoring record, as well. All in a Senior Day’s work.
MSU senior forward Carly Boag turned in the finest performance of her career Saturday afternoon, posting 39 points and 18 rebounds in a 76-66 victory over the Mustangs at the MSU Dome.
The 6-foot-2 Boag, a native of Tamworth, Australia, made 15 of 22 field goals, went 9-for-11 from the charity stripe and recorded four steals to pace the Beavers (17-7 overall, 13-7 Northern Sun) to a weekend sweep of Sioux Falls and SMSU. Boag accomplished all that with her brother, John, visiting from Down Under.
“He was trying to make me get my number’s worth,” said Boag, who wears No. 40. “I was one short, but obviously it was very special to getting these two records with him here.”
Boag dropped 37 points on three occasions last season to tie Carol Hays’ single-game record from the 1998-99 season. She received the second of three standing ovations from the MSU faithful when she subbed out with 33.5 seconds left. She re-entered the contest 12 seconds later – after an SMSU 3-pointer cut the Beavers’ lead to 74-63 – and drained a pair of free throws with 19 seconds remaining.
“I pulled her out and my graduate assistant said, ‘Coach, she’s only got one point to break the record,’ ” MSU coach Sheila Green Gerding Said. “She hit it three times last year. It was definitely something we wanted to give her the opportunity to earn because she’d been so close so many times before.”
After the first make, Boag pumped her fist, drawing an applause – including an “Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! … Oy! Oy! Oy!” chant – that lasted until she left the floor following her second free throw.
“Obviously yesterday I missed six, so I was going to make every free throw today,” Boag said. “I missed two today, but it was better than the six yesterday.”
Boag went 6-for-12 from the line Friday in the Beavers’ narrow win over Sioux Falls. The victory over SMSU (4-20, 2-18) clinched at least one home game NSIC playoff game for MSU, which is in it’s second year as a full-fledged Division II member.
Boag has been instrumental in easing the Beavers’ move from NAIA, along with senior guard Alisha “Speedy” Jones and juniors Christina Boag, Katie Hardy and Morgan Klose.
“It’s a credit to these kids that have carried us through the transition,” Green Gerding said. “Those kids kind of gave up something to get us to this level and we knew that this year could be a special year.”
Said Jones: “It’s nice to know that this isn’t going to be the end of my career (at home). Just knowing that I can play in front of this crowd again is a good feeling.”
Without Carly Boag’s stellar second half, that home playoff game may not have been guaranteed. She poured in 23 of her 39 after MSU took a 28-25 lead into the intermission. Her dominance allowed the Beavers to maintain a double-digit lead for most of the second frame. With 6:18 to play, she closed a five-minute span during which she scored 12 points. The final two of that spurt, which put MSU ahead 60-48, pushed Boag past Kendra Meyer to become the program’s all-time scoring leader. She now owns 1,720 career points.
“She’s just a kid that’s worked and worked and worked outside of practice,” Green Gerding said. “She’s earned it from all the extra work that she’s put in as well as just learning the game better and better and competing at a higher level versus everybody we go up against.”
Hardy and Christina Boag added 15 and 10 points, respectively. Senior forward Alison Nagel paced SMSU with 21 points and eight boards, while senior guard Bree Holleman chipped in 20 points.
MSU forced 16 SMSU turnovers and won the rebounding battle 45-28, leaving Green Gerding pleased.
“I thought hitting the boards was key,” Green Gerding said. “Twenty-one offensive boards, you can’t ask for much more than that.”
Boag recorded nine of those offensive rebounds and one block. She is also the Beavers’ all-time leader in rebounding (962) and blocks (101).
Against Sioux Falls, the MSU star turned in 30 points. As it turns out, that was just a warm-up.
“I think somebody put the bug in her ear that she could possibly break the school record today and she played amazing,” Green Gerding said.
Added Boag: “They’re good achievements, but I just wanted the win; just wanted to make sure we get a home playoff game.”
Ryan Holmgren covers Minot State athletics and high school sports. Follow him on Twitter @ryanholmgren.