Sports Briefs

MSU women lock

up No. 2 seed

MOORHEAD, Minn. – The Minot State women’s basketball team clinched the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division’s No. 2 seed with the help of a balanced scoring effort Friday night.

Senior point guard Alisha “Speedy” Jones led five Beavers in double figures with 22 points as MSU ran away with a 79-56 road win over Minnesota State-Moorhead at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse.

Northern State knocked off the University of Mary, setting up MSU’s NSIC tournament first-round matchup with the South Division’s No. 7 seed – either Upper Iowa or Winona State – on Wednesday at the MSU Dome.

“We thought we had the ingredients to have a solid team coming in,” MSU coach Sheila Green Gerding said in a press release. “It was just a matter of putting together the right pieces.”

The Beavers (18-7 overall, 14-7 NSIC) found plenty of success driving to the hoop against Moorhead, despite having opportunities to shoot from long range.

Moorhead (16-9, 12-9) kept it close during a back-and-force first half that yielded the Beavers a 35-28 halftime lead. Then MSU settled in and outscored the Dragons by 16 in the second half.

Megan Strese paced Moorhead with 14 points and seven rebounds.

MSU’s Katie Hardy posted 16 points, four rebounds and two blocks. Carly Boag scored 12 of her 14 points in the first half and pulled down 12 rebounds. Christina Boag chipped in all of her 13 points in the second and Morgan Klose finished with 10 points.

The Beavers close the regular season at North-leading Northern State today at 5 p.m.

-Daily News Staff

Beavers fall

at Moorhead

MOORHEAD, Minn. – An early run by Minnesota State-Moorhead put the Minot State men’s basketball team in a hole they never fully could climb out of.

The Beavers trailed by nine in the early going and eventually fell 85-55 to the Dragons on Friday at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse.

MSU (8-16 overall, 4-16 Northern Sun) trailed 11-2, and while they were able to cut the lead to six, they never gained the lead. Moorhead led 33-18 at the half and pulled away with a 52-37 advantage in the second half.

Moorhead (17-7, 13-7) shot 12-of-24 in the first half and trumped that with a 16-for-24 clip in the second half. The Dragons hit 10 3-pointers and hit 19 of 27 free throws to outscore the Beavers 19-7 from the line.

The Beavers struggled from the floor in the first half, hitting just seven field goals.

Four players reached double figures for Moorhead, paced by 15 points from Malik Wood. Tarell Clark finished with a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Senior Isiah Gandy came off the bench to lead MSU with 13 points. The Beavers finish the regular season at Northern State at 7 tonight.

-Daily News Staff

Tauros drop decision to Wilderness

The Minot Minotauros allowed three unanswered goals in a 3-1 loss to the Minnesota Wilderness on Friday at Maysa Arena.

Minot’s Jacob Howie gave the Tauros (19-27-3) a 1-0 lead at 11:14 of the first period. Alexander Kasitsyn recorded the assist.

But Minnesota’s Thomas Lindstrom responded with two goals and Johno May chipped in another.

Frank Oplinger stopped 27 of 28 shots for the Wilderness. Minot’s Merrick Madsen made 21 saves in a the loss.

The two teams play again tonight at 7:35 at Maysa Arena.

-Daily News Staff

Majettes place first at West Region meet

DICKINSON – This time, Minot High had the upper hand.

Two weeks after placing second behind Dickinson at the Kim Lupo Memorial, the Majettes flipped the script.

Minot totaled 147.175 points on Friday to win the West Region meet, edging defending state champion Dickinson, which had 146.525 points.

“We still have some room for improvement,” Minot coach Robbie Werchau said. “I thought the girls performed well today.”

Minot junior Madison Reiter took second in the all-around with 37.9 points and sophomore Hannah Werchau posted 37.425 points for third place. The Majettes also received solid performances from many younger gymnasts.

“We rely a lot on Maddi and Hannah for points, and they provided again today,” Robbie Werchau said. “But our younger girls performed well today, too. I’m really proud of all our girls. We had some really great performances.”

The Majettes close their season at the state meet next Friday and Saturday in Bismarck.

-Daily News Staff

Top-ranked Century downs No. 4 Magicians

BISMARCK – Minot High’s late-season slide continued Friday night in a 75-49 boys basketball loss at No. 1 Century.

The No. 4 Magicians (13-5 overall, 10-5 West Region) dropped their third of four games since improving to 12-2 following a home win over Bismarck on Feb. 4.

Century senior Tyler Rudolph, a Minot State recruit, tallied 24 points and 11 rebounds to help keep the Patriots unbeaten at 18-0. Rudolph made 11 of 14 shots from the field.

The Patriots owned a 33-14 lead at the break. They outrebounded Minot 39-27 and held the Magicians to 34 percent shooting (17-50), including a 7-for-26 first half. Dalton Feeney (17 points) and Alex Quist (13) also finished in double figures for Century, which shot 51.9 percent.

Junior guard Dakota Halvorson led the Magicians with 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting. Minot closes out the regular season at home against Williston on Monday.

-Daily News Staff

No. 4 Century routs Minot High girls

BISMARCK – Like it did in the teams’ first meeting, Century had its way against Minot High.

The fourth-ranked Patriots beat visiting Minot 77-49 on Friday night.

Century had 12 players score, using its depth to sweep the season series. Minot sophomore forward Askvig had a game-high 26 points, but no other Majettes scored more than five.

Minot (11-7 overall, 9-6 West Region) hosts Williston on Tuesday in both teams’ regular-season finale.

-Daily News Staff

Vistas set date for alumni game

The Minot Vistas will host their annual alumni game on June 22 at Corbett Field.

The contest will begin at 2:30 p.m., with batting practice starting at noon.

Former players can contact Vistas coach Todd Larson via email at @todd.m.larson@sendit.nodak.edu to register.

-Daily News Staff