WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: SMSU shoots low percentage in loss

MARSHALL – Southwest Minnesota State suffered its sixth straight loss Friday night, dropping a 66-44 decision to Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference South Division rival Concordia-St. Paul.

The Golden Bears held the Mustangs to 25 percent from the field as Bree Holleman was the lone Mustang to score in double digits with 11 points. Alison Nagel finished with eight points to go with seven from Rebekah Rolling.

With the team stumbling into tonight’s regular season finale, SMSU head coach Allison Kruger knows things are going to have to change in a hurry.

“We are struggling with consistency right now,” Kruger said. “We have a lot of kids, in those six straight losses that haven’t really contributed anything on either end of the court and its contagious.”

The Mustangs struggled, offensively, as Ellen Degler, Kendra Snaza, Jessie Watts and Hannah Beeler combined to go 0 of 15 from the floor. SMSU made just 15 of its 60 shot attempts. The paint was also a concern for the Mustangs, where they were outscored 30-16 and were outrebounded 51-36.

Ameshia Kearney scored all 13 of her points in the first half, but still finished as the game’s leading scorer for the Golden Bears. Anika Whiting finished the game with 11 points to go with eight from Rachel Hansen, Carissa Wolyniec and Voneisha Harris.

For Golden Bears coach Paul Fessler, his team’s success came at the defensive end.

“I thought we did an outstanding job, defensively,” Fessler said. “We’re a contain team and we wanted to cut off all routes to the basket and I felt like we did that. We had two losses in a row last weekend. So, my main concern was how we would respond after that and I think we did a great job.”

SMSU has just one game remaining in the regular season, at 5 p.m. today against No. 21 Minnesota State at the R/A Facility. The NSIC Tournament begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, when the Mustangs will travel to play Northern State in Aberdeen, S.D.

The Mustangs have five seniors on the team and their time to turn things around is running short.

“We have a lot of people not buying into the team concept of what it takes to be successful,” Kruger said. “It’s a simple switch that needs to be flipped. As far as the seniors, they just need to relax. They are pressing too much and trying to do too much. They need to relax and play together.”


Southwest Minnesota State (4-21 OVERALL, 2-19 NSIC): Mikayla Saathoff 1-3 4-4 6, Bree Holleman 4-10 1-3 11, Rebekah Rolling 2-8 2-2 7, Hannah Beeler 0-2 0-0 0, Alison Nagel 4-12 0-0 8, Jessie Watts 0-4 2-3 2, Kendra Snaza 0-3 0-0 0, Whitney Miller 1-2 0-0 2, Annessa Rosch 1-5 2-2 4, Emilee Duske 2-5 0-0 4, Ellen Degler 0-6 0-0 0. TOTALS: 15-60 (25%) 12-14 (86%).

Concordia-St. Paul (20-8 OVERALL, 15-6 NSIC): Ameisha Kearney 4-11 2-4 13, Rachel Hansen 4-8 0-1 8, Carissa Wolyniec 3-10 0-0 8, Kionda Nicks 2-8 2-2 6. Anika Whiting 3-9 4-9 11, Mishayla Jones 2-3 0-0 4, Diamond Lane 0-1 0-0 0, Voneisha Harris 2-3 4-7 8, Jodi Batzel 2-2 0-0 4, Asha Knight 2-3 0-0 4, Jordyn Dudley 0-1 0-0 0, Tierra Bender 0-0 0-0 0-0. TOTALS: 24-59 (41%) 12-23 (52%).

HALFTIME: Concordia-St. Paul 41, Southwest Minnesota State 20. 3 POINT FIELD GOALS: Concordia-St. Paul 6-21 (Kearney 3-6, Wolyniec 2-8, Whiting 1-3); Southwest Minnesota State: 2-13 (Holleman 1-3, Rolling 1-3). REBOUNDS: Concordia-St. Paul: 51 (Hansen 11), Southwest Minnesota State 36 (Nagel 10); TOTAL FOULS (FOULED OUT): Concordia-St. Paul 18 (None) Southwest Minnesota State 22 (none) TECHNICAL FOULS: None. ASSISTS: Concordia-St. Paul 12 (Hansen 4) Southwest Minnesota State 10 (Holleman 4) STEALS: Concordia-St. Paul 2 (Kearney 1) Southwest Minnesota State 7 (Watts 3). BLOCKED SHOTS: Concordia-St. Paul 5 (Kearney 1, Nicks 1, Whiting 1, Harris 1, Dudley 1) Southwest Minnesota State 1 (Watts). TURNOVERS: Concordia-St. Paul 10, Southwest Minnesota State 10.