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WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Mustangs hang close to Wildcats in 67-58 defeat

SMSU falls to No. 11-ranked Wayne State

January 25, 2014
Marshall Independent

WAYNE, Neb. - Alison Nagel scored 21 points, but it wasn't enough as Southwest Minnesota State fell to No. 11-ranked Wayne State 67-58 on Friday in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game.

The win was the Wildcats' 10th straight over the Mustangs, dating back to Feb. 25, 2009. SMSU has scored 60 or more points just once during that span.

"We battled hard and I think many people do not realize how tough it is to play at Wayne State, especially against a team of that caliber," Southwest Minnesota State head coach Allison Kruger said. "I thought we did a great job of trying to keep Wayne State off-balance."

Nagel recorded her second straight 20-point performance and her fourth of the season as she tied a game-high 21 points on 10 of 13 shooting. The 10 field goals made are a career-high for the senior forward. Her previous high was nine, which she set earlier this season versus Crown on Nov. 11, 2013.

Ellen Degler, who leads the Mustangs in field goal percentage (57 percent), finished the game with six points on just 2 of 12 from the field. Degler grabbed a team-high seven rebounds in the loss.

"We didn't quit, we kept fighting and I can't be disappointed with our effort," Kruger said. "Maybe we were not quite as focused, offensively, as we should have been, but the stuff we were doing was working. We just had to finish."

The Mustangs and Wildcats finished the night identical from the field as both squads hit 25 field goals on 54 attempts (46 percent).

The difference was at the free-throw line as Wayne State converted 12 of 15 attempts, while SMSU made 5 of 7 free-throw chances.

The Mustangs owned a 32-28 rebounding advantage in the contest, but committed 23 turnovers one fewer than their season-high. The Wildcats (18-2 overall, 11-2 NSIC South) turned in 27 points off those turnovers.

SMSU never led in the game.

The Mustangs (3-14, 1-12) continue their road trip at 4 p.m. today against Augustana at the Elmen Center in Sioux Falls.

NO. 11 WAYNE STATE 67, SMSU 58

SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA STATE (3-14 OVERALL, 1-12 NSIC SOUTH): Mikayla Saathoff 2-4 0-0 4, Bree Holleman 2-6 1-2 5, Jessie Watts 3-5 1-2 7, Rebekah Rolling 4-10 0-0 10, Ellen Degler 2-12 2-2 6, Hannah Beeler 1-2 0-0 2, Whitney Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Annessa Rosch 1-1 0-0 3, Emilee Duske 0-1 0-0 0, Alison Nagel 10-13 1-1 21. TOTALS: 25-54 (46%) 5-7 (71%) 58.

WAYNE STATE (18-2 OVERALL, 11-2 NSIC SOUTH): Michaela Barry 2-3 0-0 4, Kara Powell 1-2 0-0 3, Ashton Yossi 0-7 0-0 0, Ellen Hansen 1-5 2-2 5, Addy Roller 2-7 0-0 4, Whitney Olson 0-0 2-2 2, Millie Niggeling 8-12 2-2 21, Jaylan Spencer 1-1 1-2 3, Jordan Spencer 7-13 5-7 19, Shantel Lehmann 3-4 0-0 6. TOTALS: 25-54 (46%) 12-15 (80%) 67.

HALFTIME: Wayne State 30, Southwest Minnesota State 22. 3-POINT FIELD GOALS: Southwest Minnesota State 3-10 (Rolling 2-7, Rosch 1-1, Holleman 0-2); Wayne State 5-18 (Niggeling 3-5, Powell 1-2, Hansen 1-4, Barry 0-1, Roller 0-2, Yossi 0-4). REBOUNDS: Southwest Minnesota State 32 (Rolling 10, Degler 6); Wayne State 28 (Hansen 8, Jo. Spencer 7, Niggeling 6). TOTAL FOULS (FOULED OUT): Southwest Minnesota State 15 (none); Wayne State 11 (none). TECHNICAL FOULS: None. ASSISTS: Southwest Minnesota State 16 (Saathoff 4, Holleman 3, Degler 3); Wayne State 17 (Yossi 5, Hansen 4, Jo. Spencer 3). STEALS: Southwest Minnesota State 9 (Degler 5); Wayne State 15 (Jo. Spencer 4). BLOCKED SHOTS: Southwest Minnesota State 0; Wayne State 2 (Niggeling 1, Olson 1). TURNOVERS: Southwest Minnesota State 23; Wayne State 18.

 
 

 

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