The Free Press, Mankato, MN


January 24, 2014

Winona St. completes sweep of Mavericks

MSU women claim victory

WINONA — Minnesota State had a tough shooting night, making only 32.2 percent of its shots, and lost 73-57 to Winona State in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference men’s basketball game Friday.

The Mavericks only made 4 of 22 from 3-point range and 15 of 29 at the free-throw line.

Assem Marei had 25 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Mavericks, who were outrebounded 47-37. Zach Monaghan scored 17 points, and Connor O’Brien had nine points and five rebounds.

Kellen Taylor paced Winona State, which took a one-game lead in the conference, with 17 points and 10 rebounds. The Warriors shot 46.8 percent and scored 36 points in the paint.

Minnesota State led 2-0, but then the Warriors took the lead for good. The Mavericks only got two points off the bench, while Winona State got 21 points from bench players.

Winona State (16-4, 11-2) swept the season series, having won 78-75 at Bresnan Arena in December.

Minnesota State (16-4, 10-3 in Northern Sun), wqhich was ranked No. 14, plays at Upper Iowa at 6 p.m. today.

MSU women 77, Winona State 53: Minnesota State used a balanced effort to down Winona State at Winona.

The Mavericks led 17-5 lead early, then needed a 16-5 run to open the margin to 37-22 by halftime.

The Mavericks pushed their lead to 20 just four minutes into the second half, and it didn’t get closer than 14 the rest of the way.

Ali Wilkinson paced the Mavericks with 14 points, while Alli Hoefer contributed 12 points, making three 3-pointers. Lexie Ulfers finished with nine points and a team-high six rebounds. Sammie Delzotto scored nine points.

The Mavericks connected on 43 percent of their shots from the field,including 8 of 24 from 3-point range.

Minnesota State held a 43-36 advantage in rebounds column and held the Warriors to just two 3-pointers.

Minnesota State (12-5, 9-4) plays at Upper Iowa today.

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