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February 21, 2018 10:51 PM

NSU Women & Men Advance To NSIC Tournament Quarterfinals

Aberdeen S.D. – Northern State University Women's Basketball team rolled to an 85-42 victory in the first round of the NSIC/Sanford Health Basketball Tournament. NSU improved to 25-4 overall and advanced to the quarterfinal round to face Winona State University.

Wolves went on an 11-0 run in the first quarter to help give the Wolves a seven-point advantage heading into the second quarter. The Wolves out-scored the Peacocks 23-7 in the second quarter and didn't look back. The Wolves shot 54.4 percent from the field in the first half and 41.0 percent in the second half. Northern State continued to extend the lead in the second half, out-scoring the Peacocks 41-21.

NSU shot 47.1 percent from the floor, 38.5 percent from behind the arc, and made 14-17 free-throws for the night. Defensively, the Wolves allowed Peacock to shoot 27.8 percent from the floor, the lowest of the season, 33.3 percent from the 3-point line, and only eight free-throw attempts. The Wolves also added a game high 47 rebounds, 13 second chance points off of 16 offensive rebounds, 23 points off of 20 Upper Iowa turnovers, and 38 bench points.

Miranda Ristau led all scorers with 26 points on 10-13 shooting, five rebounds, two assists, five blocks, and one steal. The other double figure scorer was Haley Froelich with 11 points, one rebound, one assist, and two steals. Jill Conrad had eight points, eight rebounds, two assists, and one steal. Brianna Kusler had eight points, three rebounds, and two assists.

Alexis Tappe had three points and three rebounds for the Wolves. Jessi Marti was the fifth starter and she had two points, four rebounds, five assists, and one steal. Off the bench for the Wolves Gabby Laimer had two points, one rebound, two assists, and two steals. Brynn Flakus had eight points, three assists, and five rebounds. Sara Tvedt had four points, four rebounds, and two assists.

Joie Spier and Alayna Johnson each had two points. Haley RithmillerSarah Rozell, and Anika Fredrick each had three points. Rithmiller also had one rebound, Johnson had two rebounds. Kendall Kohler and Sydney Frankseach had one rebound and Tori Mekash had two rebounds.

The Wolves are back in action Sunday in the quarterfinal round of the NSIC Tournament against Winona State. Tip-off is set for 12 p.m. at the Sanford Pentagon against the Warriors.

Aberdeen, S.D. – The No. 11 Northern State University men's basketball team advanced to the quarterfinal round of the Sanford/Health NSIC Basketball with a 80-52 victory over Concordia-St. Paul from Wachs Arena. The Wolves improve to 28-3 overall, heading into a 12 p.m. match-up on Saturday from the Sanford Pentagon.
Northern made quick work of Concordia, notching 49 points in the first and 31 in the second. The Wolves shot 53.2 percent from the floor, 30.0 percent from the arc, and 61.5 percent from the free throw line. They out-rebounded the Golden Bears 40-34, and forced 12 turnovers while giving up just nine.
As a team, the Wolves combined for 46 points in the paint, 29 points off the bench, 19 points off turnovers, 13 second chance points, and four fast break points. They added six made 3-pointers, 19 assists, six steals, and four blocks.
Logan Doyle led five in double figures with 15 points and nine rebounds off the bench. The senior shot 66.7 percent from the floor, and added two assists and one steal. It was a tag team of the Northern State "bigs" as Carter Evans tallied a team second best 13 points and seven rebounds. Evans shot 55.6 percent from the floor and led the team with four assists and three blocks.
Darin Peterka notched 12 points, knocking down a team leading two from beyond the arc. He shot 50.0 percent from the floor, and recorded three rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Ian Smithand Bo Fries rounded out the Wolves in double figures with ten points apiece. Fries hit two long range baskets of his own, and shot 80.0 percent from the floor. Smith led the team with four assists and three steals, adding four rebounds and shooting at a 50.0 percent clip.
DJ Pollard and Gabe King added nine and seven points respectively as members of the starting five. Pollard tallied five rebounds and one assist, while King notched seven rebounds and three assists. Justin Decker hit the final four points for the Wolves, going a perfect 2-for-2 from the floor. He added two rebounds as well.
Northern returns to action this Saturday from the Sanford Pentagon. The Wolves will face off at 12 p.m. against the Bulldogs of Minnesota Duluth.

Courtesy: Northern State

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