SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Concordia-St. Paul's Anika Whiting and Rachel Hansen proved to be too much as the No. 25 Golden Bears defeated No. 10 Augustana (S.D.) 71-69 on Friday in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play, denying head coach Dave Krauth his 500th career win. Augustana fell to 6-2 (2-2 NSIC) with the loss, while Concordia-St. Paul improved to 8-3 (3-1 NSIC) on the year.
Hansen and Whiting would each have big nights in the win. Hansen nearly recorded a triple-double with 18 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Whiting had her second double-double of the year with a season-high 25 points and 10 rebounds.
The Vikings were led by Rhianna Gullickson. She had a career-high 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting. Gullickson also had six rebounds.
No. 5 Colorado Mesa 57, Western New Mexico 51
SILVER CITY, N.M. -- Colorado Mesa survived a tough road test in Silver City on Friday night and came away with a 57-51 win against Western New Mexico. The Mavericks entered the contest ranked fifth in the WBCA national poll.
"We made enough plays to win. We had way too many turnovers." Coach Taylor Wagner said about the performance.
The Maverick defense held strong late, holding the Mustangs to 29.8 percent shooting from the floor and just 17.6 percent from behind the three-point arc.
Before the game, head coach Taylor Wagner thought that the Mavericks would have to outrebound Western New Mexico. They did just that, finishing with a 36-34 advantage and 28-23 on the defensive end.
Sharaya Selsor finished as the game's high scorer with 22 points on 6-of-16 shooting. Selsor was 9 of 11 from the free-throw line and had a team-high three assists.
Aubry Boehme had 19 points and five rebounds while Taylor Rock finished with a game-high nine rebounds.
At the half, the Mavericks led 26-24 and finished on a 6-2 run. Aubry Boehme led all scorers with ten points and two rebounds. The Mavericks shot 42.1 percent from the floor and 72 percent from the free-throw line.