Minnesota State tops Augustana (S.D.)
Augies comeback bid falls short as Mavericks win in overtime
MANKATO, Minn. -- Six Mavericks scored in double figures for Minnesota State on Friday at the Taylor Center as the Mavericks knocked off No. 25 Augustana (S.D.) 98-95.
Minnesota State sprinted out to a 25-12 lead through the first seven minutes connecting on three shots from long range from three different players.
MSU would extend its first-half lead to as much as 15 with 3:41 left before Augustana closed the half on a 6-0 run as the Mavericks failed to score for the remainder in the half.
The Mavericks took a 46-37 lead into the break behind 11 points from sophomore guard Alli Hoefer who went 5-of-8 from the floor. MSU also went 5-of-11 from downtown in the first half compared to 0-of-9 by the Vikings.
Augustana would battle back over the course of the second half until pulling within four at 79-75 with 3:52 remaining. From here the teams would trade baskets until a 3-pointer by Augie’s Alex Feeney cut the Mavericks lead to just one point at 82-81.
After two made free throws from freshman guard Aubrey Davis and a layup at the other end kept it a one-point game, junior guard Sarah Wiens connected on two free throws which gave the Mavericks an 86-83 lead.
With just nine seconds remaining, Augie’s Molly Hayes connected on a three-point play as she was fouled on her way through the lane, tying the game at 86, as the game would take overtime to be decided as Davis’ attempt with just two seconds remaining didn’t fall.
In overtime, Augustana took its first lead of the game at 88-86 on a pair of free throws by Emily Schulte. However, it would be the last lead of the game for Augie as a 3-pointer by freshman forward Jamie Bresnahan gave the Mavericks a one-point lead at 89-88.
With 1:40 remaining the teams had played to a tie at 95 before Bresnahan connected on two free throws while senior guard Jennie Noreen added a single free throw giving the Mavericks the 98-95 lead where the score would remain. Augie had one final chance at tying the game with seven seconds remaining but Hayes’ 3-pointer came up short as the Mavericks snapped the Vikings ten-game win streak.
Noreen paced the Mavericks with 20 points including a 3-of-6 performance from downtown while senior forward Laura Weber, Bresnahan and Hoefer each added 15 points. Also scoring double-digits for MSU were Davis who added 13 while Wiens contributed 10.
Two Mavericks also recorded double-doubles on the night as Weber added 11 rebounds en route to her fourth double-double of the year. Earning her first career double-double was Bresnahan who pulled down 11 rebounds as MSU outrebounded Augie 49-46.
MSU finished the night 43.5 percent from the floor compared to 38.1 percent by Augie who was led by Hayes’ game-high 33 points. She finished 11-of-18 from the field including 5-of-9 from long range. The loss dropped Augustana to 16-4 overall and 13-3 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference as it entered the night tied for the conference lead with No. 4 Wayne State.