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January 24, 2014

College BB notebook: If Winona State is opponent, must be big game for MSU

Mavericks, Warriors tied for first in conference

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Ross, who is from Indianapolis, played two seasons at Indian Hills Community College in Iowa, averaging 14.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists in his final season. He then went to Middle Tennessee State, where he played only one game this season before transferring to Minnesota State.

Women need sweep

For the last two weeks, the Mavericks (11-5, 8-4) split weekend series, falling back into a second-place tie with Concordia-St. Paul, which the Mavericks have swept.

With Winona State (8-8, 4-8) and Upper Iowa (5-11, 4-8), the Mavericks could use a sweep.

“We’re just trying to get back to competing in every practice and every game,” coach Emilee Thiesse said. “We need to string two good games together.”

Fouls have been a problem for the Mavericks, especially in the last four games, two of which have been losses. The Mavericks have been called for 375 fouls in 16 games, an average of more than 23 per game, with three games of 30 or more. That’s 51 fouls more than opponents, allowing other teams to outscore the Mavericks by 70 points at the free-throw line.

“We play a physical style, but with the new rules, we haven’t made the adjustment,” Thiesse said. “That’s on us as coaches. We need to be the aggressor and maybe we’ll get the calls.”

Gustavus men

The Gusties (11-5, 8-3 in MIAC) have won three of the last four games and travel to Concordia on Saturday.

Sophomore center Brody Ziegler has taken over the team lead in scoring at 12.2 points per game, and he’s shooting a team-best 60.6 percent from the field. He also leads the team with 4.9 rebounds per game and 15 blocked shots. Freshman center Peter Kruize is averaging 12 points over the last seven games, raising his average to 8.9 points. He’s shooting 59.6 percent from the field.

Gustavus women

Gustavus (8-7, 5-7) is riding a two-game winning streak heading into Saturday’s game at Concordia, which is a half-game out of the MIAC lead.

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