WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SEEKS TO CONTINUE ON ITS SPEED WITH A PAIR OF NSIC MATCHUPS AT HOME
Last week, the Bulldogs traveled to face Bemidji State on Thursday, December 2, then hosted Minnesota Crookston on Saturday, December 4.
In the Bulldogs’ game against the Beavers, both teams shot the ball really well as the Bulldogs shot 69.2% from the field while Bemidji shot 46.7% from the field. Despite early successes on the pitch, both teams calmed down as both teams’ defenses intensified. Both teams shot under 40% in the second quarter as the Bulldogs managed to take a 36-29 halftime lead. The offensive struggles continued for the Bulldogs as they shot just 33% from the field in the third quarter while the Beavers shot over 50%. Despite the poor shot, the UMD managed to put together an 11-0 streak at the end of the third quarter to give them a 51-38 lead. Despite this, the Beavers managed to get back into the game as they pulled a 21-8 streak to tie the game at 59-59 at the end of the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs managed to hit a late basket of Payton kahl to take a 61-59 lead and won the game.
The Bulldogs ‘game against the Golden Eagles saw a balanced offense from the Bulldogs’ offense. Despite a tight first quarter, the Bulldogs controlled most of the game. After a 15-13 first quarter lead, the Bulldogs outscored the Golden Eagles 25-11 in the second quarter to a 40-24 halftime lead. From there, the Bulldogs continued to dominate in the second half. The Bulldogs’ offense was once again hot as they scored 24 points in the third quarter while 7 different players scored in the quarter. The Bulldogs continued their dominance in the fourth quarter as they won 78-46. A total of 11 players scored in the evening, including 8 players with at least 6 points. Brooke Olson had 19 points on the night on a perfect 8-8 shot, including 3-3 three-pointers.
Bulldogs welcome beavers and marauders
The Bulldogs will host the Minot State Beavers on Friday, December 10 at 7:30 p.m., then host the University of Mary Marauders on Saturday, December 11 at 5:30 p.m.
Heading into the game, the Bulldogs are currently 4-3 (2-1) … Minot State enters the weekend with a 4-6 (2-1) record … University of Mary enters the weekend with a 6-5 (1-2) record.
The Bulldogs have been number one for the Beavers in recent history. The Bulldogs currently hold a 7-game winning streak against Minot State before the game. This winning streak dates back to the 2017-18 season. The Bulldogs met last season on Jan. 8-9 as the Bulldogs played host to the Beavers. The Bulldogs won both clashes last year.
Prior to the game against the Marauders, the Bulldogs won 3 of 5 games. Overall, the Marauders were numbered the Bulldogs as they are 9-5 over the Bulldogs since the 2013 season. The teams last met on January 10, 2020 where Mary won 76-65.
So far this season, Minot State ranks at the bottom of the NSIC for total points and points awarded. The Beavers are currently averaging the 11th most points per game with 66.9 points per game and are allowing the 3rd most points as they allow 68.7 points per game. They are led by Amber Stevahn who is 6th in the conference with an average of 16.5 points per game.
Over 9 games, Mary is ranked 8th among the conference’s best scoring teams, averaging 70 points per game. They also rank 4th in the conference with an average of 61.9 points per game. Mary is currently managed by Megan Zander who averages 12.1 points per game.
The Bulldogs have a very experienced team. Their programming includes 3 fifth years, 3 seniors and 5 juniors. This is a 6 player team with over 50 games played, including a trio of players with over 100 games played. The Bulldogs come into the season with a lot of experience of what it takes to get through a long season and get to the conference championship game.
NSIC Preseason Player of the Year
Bulldogs senior forward Brooke Olson was named NSIC Preseason Player of the Year. So far this season, Olson has averaged and best NSIC 20.9 points per game and 5.1 rebounds per game. She was also named the Northern Division Player of the Week once this season.
Two of the best in the NSIC
The game between Minot State and Minnesota Duluth will feature two of the conference’s top scorers. bulldogs Brooke Olson is currently 1st in the conference with an average of 20.9 points per game while Beavers Amber Stevahn is 6th in the conference with an average of 16.5 points per game.
The Bulldogs’ game against the University of Mary will feature two of the NSIC’s top 5 defenses. The Bulldogs are currently second in the conference, allowing 58.4 points per game, while Mary is fourth in the conference, allowing 61.9 points per game.
Pre-season coaches survey
At the start of the season, the Bulldogs were selected to repeat as the NSIC Champions and received 12 first place votes and 222 total points. Minot State was selected to finish tied for 7th in the North Division and tied for last. Mary was chosen to finish 6th in the North Division and tied for 11th.
Currently, the Bulldogs are 3rd in the North Division and 8th overall, while Minot State is currently 4th in the North Division and 9th overall. Mary is currently 5th in the North Division and 11th overall.
At the start of the season, the Bulldogs were ranked No.18 in the country according to the WBCA Preseason Coaches Poll. The Bulldogs finished last season nationally 12th in the WBCA poll. The Bulldogs also placed 15th in the D2SIDA preseason poll. After their first week of games, the Bulldogs moved up to No. 15 in the country, but after two straight losses the Bulldogs came out of the top 25.
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