Boag garners NSIC’s player of year award

Admittedly, Carly Boag didn’t know how to post up when she first stepped foot on Minot State’s campus.

The perpetual-motion offenses of her home Australia greatly differ from the Xs and Os of traditional American basketball.

“I’ve watched film that I sent the coaches and out of that film, I probably went and posted up in the key twice and both times I passed out,” Boag said. “I never posted up before.”

Now a senior, the MSU forward is one of the premier back-to-the-basket players in the nation. Case and point was Wednesday’s record-setting 46-point, 16-rebound performance in a home playoff win over Upper Iowa. She made 18 of 23 field goals, recording all of her points in the paint or at the charity stripe.

On Thursday, the player who formerly strayed to the perimeter was honored by the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference for her dominant prowess on the low block. The league named her its player of the year, making her the first player in program history to garner the distinguishment, as MSU is in its second season as a full-fledged Division II member. She also made the NSIC all-defensive team.

“Obviously being the second year in the NSIC, it’s a great achievement,” Boag said, “getting Minot’s name out there and showing that we’re tough competition and a good team.”

Boag is as deserving a player as any. She owns all sorts of records, including:

– MSU career scoring record with 1,793 points

– MSU and NSIC season scoring record with 602 points

– MSU and NSIC tournament single-game scoring record with 46 points

– MSU career rebounding record with 1,018 boards

– MSU career blocks record with 107 stuffs

The list goes on and on. This year, she’s averaging league bests of 22.3 points and 11 rebounds per game. Last season she turned in marks of 18.0 points and 11.8 rebounds per game. The difference is the Beavers finished the 2012-13 season at 13-14 and this year they are 19-8, ranked No. 9 in the NCAA Division II Central Region and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NSIC tournament where they will play Concordia-St. Paul on Sunday in Sioux Falls.

“Last year, I thought she was very deserving of it, as well,” MSU coach Sheila Green Gerding said. “I think the team’s success had a lot to do with that. I think others attribute our success greatly to what Carly’s done.”

Green Gerding said Boag’s legacy is “probably the greatest player to ever play in a Minot State uniform.” One day, her No. 40 will likely be retired and hang from the rafters of the MSU Dome.

Her final two games on the Beavers’ home hardwood yielded 85 points and 34 rebounds. The home finale, which also included five blocks and five steals, produced a comparison to “Wilt the Stilt’s” dominance a half-century ago.

“It’s fun to just see somebody rise to the occasion and play at the top of their game,” Green Gerding said. “It’s kind of like Wilt Chamberlain scoring 100 points. That had to be pretty phenomenal. Well, in our day and age, that’s pretty unheard of – 46 points in a college basketball game is a lot.”

It’s the most any player in Division II women’s basketball has posted, and the efficient fashion in which she torched the nets is even more impressive. She’s created quite the legacy. One Beaver Nation will never forget.

“We’ve had a lot of great players play here,” Green Gerding said, “but I think fans and spectators will forever remember who Carly Boag was as well as her opponents.”

Luckily for MSU fans, her career is not yet complete.