MSU’s Boag named NDAPSSA’s college female athlete of year

During her senior season, Minot State women’s basketball standout Carly Boag dazzled. She dominated games – most notably during her final two contests at the MSU Dome – often leaving opponents baffled. The 6-foot-2 forward broke school and conference records, then reset her own marks.

Among numerous other honors, she became the first Beaver to claim the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference player of the year award.

Today, she adds the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association’s college female athlete of the year award to her impressive resume.

Boag, a native of Tamworth, Australia, collected the most votes from the state’s media than eight other nominees. The two other finalists were University of North Dakota basketball star Madi Buck – the Big Sky Conference player of the year – and University of Mary runner Jennifer Agnew – who placed first at the NCAA Division II cross country championships.

“Sometimes you take it (Carly’s season) for granted,” MSU coach Sheila Green Gerding said. “It seems harder talking about her now that her season and career have ended, realizing how absolutely incredible that kid was during the ride. Now you look back and go, ‘Wow, I got to rely on that and that’s a big piece of the puzzle we won’t have.'”

During her senior campaign, Boag averaged 22.1 points, 11.0 rebounds and 3.1 steals. Her 602 points broke both the MSU and NSIC single-season scoring records and her 46 points against Upper Iowa in the first round of the NSIC tournament set both school and tourney marks. She finished her career as MSU’s all-time leader in career points (1,793), rebounds (1,018) and blocks (107). She is the only MSU player – male or female – to reach 1,500 points and 1,000 rebounds.

“The thing is, Carly set goals for herself,” Green Gerding said. “Last year she tied our individual school record (for points in a game with 38) and honestly we did not know that when it was going on. This year, we took her out when she had 37 points, somebody told me she had 37, so I put her back in because one of her goals was to break that single-game scoring record.

“I know she had goals to try to break the rebounding record, the scoring record for a career – all those things. She just got herself there every game.”

Boag’s performance Feb. 26 against Upper Iowa is undoubtedly the most impressive in program history. Along with 46 points – which bettered the 39 she recorded 11 days earlier against Southwest Minnesota State – Boag pulled down 16 rebounds, helping send the Beavers to the quarterfinals of the NSIC tournament for the first time.

“I remember Carly just halfway through this season, starting to get nine offensive rebounds or seven offensive rebounds in games, and that was nothing you as a coach can do by design,” Green Gerding said. “It’s just pure heat and determination. She’s just that kid. Those kids are pretty special and pretty rare.”

Since the spring semester ended, Boag has participated in a 10-day basketball tour in Europe – mostly in Italy – and signed with an agent. Green Gerding expects her land with a professional team.

Her comfort on the perimeter and in the paint created matchup nightmares for opposing coaches during her career at MSU. That inside-out game should translate well at the next level, Green Gerding said.

Ryan Holmgren covers Minot State athletics and high school sports. Follow him on Twitter @ryanholmgren.