NCAA BASKETBALL SCOUTING REPORT: SMSU ends up at home for finale

MARSHALL – The Southwest Minnesota State University men’s and women’s basketball teams host doubleheaders today and Saturday in the final weekend of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference regular season action.

The Mustangs host Concordia-St. Paul at 6 and 8 p.m. today before entertaining Minnesota State at 5 and 7 p.m. Saturday.

Men’s Basketball

Southwest Minnesota State is 16-10 overall, 13-7 NSIC South, following a split last weekend of two road games.

The Mustangs dropped a 74-65 decision to University of Mary on Friday as the Marauders closed the game on an 11-3 run in the final two-plus minutes to break open a 63-62 lead. Shaun Condon led SMSU with a career-high 23 points with five 3-pointers, while Nick Smith added 12 points.

SMSU rebounded with a 75-72 win over Minot State on Saturday with William Giddings connecting with a 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds left to snap a 72-all tie. The Mustangs led by as many as 19 points in the second before MISU rallied to take a two-point with just over a minute remaining.

For the season, Smith is one of five Mustangs to average double figuring scoring with a team-high 11.8 points per game and also leads the team with 7.0 rebounds per game. Condon (11.2), Vinard Birch (11.0), Giddings (10.8) and Matt Zager (10.7) also average double figures in scoring. Condonhas a team-high 39 3-pointers, while Joey Bartlett has made 37 3-pointers. Zager has a team-high 33 steals, while Birch has dished out a team-high 112 assists. SMSU is shooting 49.4 percent from the field, 35.9 percent from 3-point range, 72.6 percent from the free throw line and averaging 73.8 points per game. SMSU holds a plus-4.7 rebound advantage over opponents.


The Golden Bears (8-16, 5-15 NSIC) split a pair of road games last weekend, defeating Minnesota-Crookston before losing to Bemidji State and are 2-7 in road games this season – also earning a victory over Upper Iowa.

Terez VanPelt leads the squad averaging 18.4 ppg (76th in Division II) with a team-high 73 assists, while Travon Mitchell is averaging 14.1 ppg with a team-leading 51 3-pointers. Cordell Smith is averaging 12.2 ppg and a team-leading 5.8 rpg.

The Golden Bears are shooting 40.3 percent from the field, 34.8 percent from 3-point range, 70.1 percent from the free throw line and averaging 72.1 points per game.

Head coach Kelly Boe is in his eighth season at Concordia with a record of 108-109.


The Mavericks (23-4, 17-3 NSIC) picked up two road wins last weekend versus Bemidji State and Minnesota-Crookston. MSU will play at Sioux Falls on Friday night before taking on SMSU.

Assem Marei is averaging a team-high 16.5 ppg and a team-high 8.0 rpg, while shooting 59.8 percent from the field, ranking 24th in Division II. Zach Monaghan is averaging 15.4 ppg with a school single-season record 224 assists – which ranks first in Division II – and has made 55 3-pointers. Tanner Adler has connected on a team-high 60 3-pointers.

MSU is shooting 50.6 percent from the field, 40.5 percent from 3-point range, 69.7 percent from the free throw line and averaging 86.4 points per game.

Head coach Matt Margenthaler is in his 13th season at MSU with a record of 277-114.

Women’s Basketball

The Southwest Minnesota State University women’s basketball team (4-20, 2-18 NSIC South) concludes the regular season this weekend with two home games at the R/A Facility. The Mustangs will take on Concordia-St.Paul (19-8, 14-6 NSIC South) at 6 p.m. today, before facing No. 21 Minnesota State (19-5, 16-4 NSIC South) at 5 p.m. Saturday. SMSU will look to snap its five-game losing skid and improve up on its 3-7 record at the R/A Facility this season.


Alison Nagel came off the bench to score a combined 43 points, while grabbing 14 rebounds in Southwest Minnesota State’s road losses to the University of Mary and Minot State. Nagel finished the two games connecting on 16 of 29 field goal attempts and all nine free throws.


The Golden Bears are receiving votes in the latest NCAA Division II poll at 19-8 overall and 14-6 in the NSIC South.

Concordia saw its eight-game winning streak snapped last weekend with a pair of road losses to Minnesota-Crookston (59-58) and Bemidji State (52-49).The Golden Bears are 4-5 on the road this season. As a team in conference games, Concordia is putting upan average of 68.3 points per game, while allowing an average of 63.0 points per game. CU leads the NSIC in defensive rebounding (39.6) and is second in field goal percentage defense (36.3 percent)

The Golden Bears are led by 6-2, junior forward Anika Whiting, who is averaging 16.9 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. Whiting scored 19 points and grabbed five rebounds against the Mustangs two weeks ago in CU’s 64-42 win at St. Paul. Rachel Hanson notched a double-double with her 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Paul Fessler is in his 14th season as head coach of the Golden Bears.The three-time NSIC Coach of the Year is 25-6 versus SMSU.


The Mavericks enter the final weekend of the regular season as the No.21-ranked team in NCAA Division II and currently sit in second place in the NSIC South Division with their 16-4 conference record. MSU, 19-5 overall, is currently riding an eight-game winning streak, dating back to Jan. 24, in which the Mavericks are outscoring their opponents 79.2 to 58.8 on average.

MSU is led by senior forward Ali Wilkinson, who leads the team in scoring, with an average of 18.1 points per game, and rebounding with an average of 8.0.

Currently, MSU’s 79.8 points per game average in NSIC games ranks first in the conference. MSU also leads the league in 3-point field goal percentage defense (26.9 percent), offensive rebounding (15.1) and turnover margin (+6.55). The Mavericks are holding opponents to 65.4 points per game. Four MSU?players scored double-digits in their win over SMSU two weeks ago, led by Karlee Gengenbacher’s 16points.

MSU converted 21 SMSU turnovers into 35 points. The Mavericks are 7-4 on the road this season, but have won five straight away from the Taylor Center.

Emilee Thiesse enters her second season as head coach of Minnesota State.