The Free Press, Mankato, MN


February 7, 2014

MSU uses quick start for victory

MANKATO — Minnesota State jumped ahead 21-2 and rolled to an 85-63 victory over Southwest Minnesota State in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference women's basketball game Friday at Bresnan Arena.

The Mavericks led 30-7 and 40-9 before taking the biggest lead at 46-13, taking a 48-22 advantage at halftime. Minnesota State shot 55.9 percent in the first half and held the Mustangs to 33.3 percent with 15 turnovers.

Southwest cut the margin to 64-49 with 10 minutes remaining, the pulled with 68-59 with 5 minutes to play before the Mavericks scored six straight to regain control.

Karlee Gengenbacher led the Mavericks with 16 points, and Ali Wilkinson had 15 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Jamie Bresnahan added 13 points and six rebounds, and Britney Scherber scored 10 off the bench.

The Mavericks shot 49.2 percent for the game, with 17 assists on 32 field goals, and had a 35-29 rebounding advantage.

The Mavericks (16-5, 13-4 in Northern Sun) will host Sioux Falls at 4 p.m. today in the final regular-season home game.

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