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MANKATO – The Minnesota State Mavericks beat the Southwestern Minnesota Mustangs women’s basketball team 96-74 behind a balanced offense that would see four separate players score at least 15 points on Saturday night at the Taylor Center.
SMSU ended the night shooting 47.2% (25 of 53), but returned the ball more than 22 times when lost. Minnesota State shot 49.3% (35 of 71), only returning the ball nine times and never trailing throughout the game.
Sadie Stelter and Abuk Akoi each scored 16 points and took 6 rebounds for SMSU. Stelter would connect on 3 of 5 three-point attempts, while Akoi would shoot an effective 6 of 8 from the ground. Sam Wall would perform well off the bench, scoring 13 points while also shooting 3 of 5 from behind the arc.
MSU was led by Destinee Bursch, Emily Russo, Maddy Olson and Joey Batt, who totaled 69 points in the victory.
The teams would score six points each in the first three minutes to open the scoring. After a Maverick three and Hannah Parsley to give MSU a one-point lead, the Mavericks would end the quarter scoring 20 of 29 points to take a 29-17 lead in the second quarter.
The Mustangs would open the second quarter on a 9-3 streak, capped by a Stelter three, to reduce MSU’s lead to 32-26. The Mavericks responded with an 8-2 streak to extend their lead to 12 at 40-28 with 4:05 left in the half.
SMSU would counter with a 10-3 run in the final two and a half minutes, but MSU would break through three when time ran out to give them a 46-38 lead at halftime.
Each team would come out cold from the locker room, as SMSU would shoot 1 of 5 in the first three minutes, while MSU would open 1 of 4. After a pair of MSU free throws, Meleah Reinhart would go to the bucket for a layup, but MSU would come back straight away with 12 consecutive points to extend their lead to 62-42 with 4:04 left in the third quarter.
Stelter would take matters into his own hands, making a pair of free throws and a deep three to reduce MSU’s lead to 64-49. Each team would score four points to bring the score to 68-53, but the last four points went in MSU’s favor, giving them a 72-53 lead in the fourth quarter.
MSU would surpass SMSU 24-21 in the fourth quarter to bring the game to its final score.
SMSU will be back in action on Sunday January 2 to take on Sioux Falls in the R / A facility.
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