Metro St. shuts down Minn.-Duluth
Row tallies 19 points, eight rebounds to power Roadrunners
WAYNE, Neb. -- No. 10 Metro State used a strong defensive effort to pick up a 58-47 victory against Minnesota Duluth in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Friday afternoon. The Roadrunners improved to 26-3 on the season, while UMD's season came to an end with an 18-10 mark.
The Bulldogs were held to 25.7 percent shooting, the eighth time this season Metro has held an opponent under 30 percent, and it was the 11th time an opponent has scored fewer than 50 points.
Caley Dow led the Roadrunners offensively with 19 points and eight rebounds to go with a career-high four blocked shots -- part of a season-high 12 blocks for Metro State -- leaving her just two shy of the school record.
Jasmine Cervantes played a team-high 34 minutes and had seven points, six rebounds, five assists, two blocked shots and a steal. Three others scored seven points for Metro State including Kristin Valencia, Brandi Valencia and Jenessa Burke. Candice Kohn chipped in six for the Roadrunners.
For just the second time this season, the Roadrunners were outrebounded (48-to-45), partly due to the high number of blocked shots. The defensive intensity also helped force 17 turnovers with nine steals.
Metro committed 15 turnovers and shot just 29.2 percent, but held the Bulldogs to 20.6 percent shooting for a 19-16 halftime lead. The Roadrunners led 14-4 midway through the first half, but went cold from the field as UMD closed the gap.
Metro State continued its strong defense in the second half and was much better offensively, holding a two-possession lead for much of the second half, building it to nine points with over 10 minutes left.
The Roadrunners shot 44.8 percent in the second half to even out to 37.7 percent for the game, and hit 12-of-20 (.600) at the line in the second half. They committed just five turnovers after halftime.