Fredrickson gets 700th win
Northern State’s Kusler leading scorer with 15 points
ABERDEEN, S.D. -- With the chance to give coach Curt Fredrickson his 700th career win in front of the home crowd, Northern State (8-4, 4-3 NSIC) did not disappoint in a 77-49 victory against Upper Iowa (0-10, 0-9 NSIC).
The Wolves jumped out of the gate scoring the first seven points of the contest, five coming from Alison Kusler and a jumper from Mikayla Barondeau.
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The Peacocks would counter with a 12-0 run, capped by an open three from Laura TerHark.
Freshman Sadie Stotesbery would stop the run for the Wolves, after Erin Rabenberg got a steal and found Stotesbery for the three.
For the next 10 minutes of the first half, the two teams were in a back-and-forth battle. The Wolves would take the lead with 5:21 remaining in the half, which they would not relinquish the rest of the way.
Capped with a Caitlin Farroh jump shot, the Wolves would have a 13-point lead with six seconds left in the first half.
In the second half, the Wolves would hit six of their season high 12 3-pointers, to open up a lead that reached as many as 28 points three different times.
Kusler led the Wolves with 15 points, which would be matched as a game-high from Whitney Kieffer of the Peacocks.
Megan Mutchler and Caitlin Farroh each scored career highs of 10 points. Emily Becken would chip in nine points to go along with four assists of the teams’ season high of 22.
The Wolves shot 40 percent in the game, going 12-24 from long range, while allowing the Peacocks to shoot 41 percent on 18-43 shooting.
Upper Iowa was forced into 21 turnovers by the Wolves which led to 27 points. Northern State tied a season low in turnovers with just nine on the night.
The story of the night however was Fredrickson gaining his milestone victory. He became just the second coach in NCAA Division II and 16th coach in all divisions to reach 700 victories.
After the game, Fredrickson was joined on court with his family for a ceremony in his honor. Coach Fredrickson has amassed a career record of 700-249, currently in his 33rd season coaching the Wolves.