Golden Bears oust Beavers

SIOUX FALLS – The Minot State women’s basketball team’s hopes of reaching its first Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference tournament semifinal appearance were dashed in a 73-52 loss to Concordia-St. Paul in the quarterfinals Sunday at the Sanford Pentagon.

MSU senior forward Carly Boag was held to 16 points on 7-of-17 shooting after going off for 46 in the first round of the NSIC tournament against Upper Iowa on Wednesday. She also grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. Senior guard Alisha “Speedy” Jones and junior forward Katie Hardy also finished in double figures with 14 and 13 points, respectively.

The Beavers (19-9) led 2-0 and 7-6 before the Golden Bears took control of the game. C-SP went on a 14-4 run to take a 20-9 lead with 10:44 left in the first half. The Golden Bears led by as many as 15 points in the first half before two free throws by Jones pulled the Beavers within 34-27. A layup by C-SP’s Jodi Batzel in the final moments gave the Golden Bears a 36-27 lead at the break.

C-SP (23-8) led by double digits for all but 2:02 of the second half. Unlike in the previous meeting when the Beavers nearly came back from a 22-point halftime deficit, MSU could only manage 25 points in the final 20 minutes.

MSU finished 33.9 percent (19-for-56) from the field and missed all six shots from behind the 3-point line. No Beaver shot better than 41 percent. C-SP hit 42.4 percent (25-for-59) of its shots and knocked down six treys.

C-SP held an eight-point advantage in points off turnovers, a five-point advantage in second-chance points and a seven-point advantage in bench scoring. The Beavers turned the ball over 13 times compared to just four for the Golden Bears.

Anika Whiting led C-SP with 19 points. Ameshia Kearney and Rachel Hansen added 15 and 11, respectively.

The Golden Bears will play Sioux Falls in the NSIC tournament semifinals tonight at 6.

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