Northern women’s basketball clinched a weekend sweep with a 25-point victory over Southwest Minnesota State. With the 90-65 win, the Wolves improve to 15-5 overall and 11-5 in league play, while the Mustangs fall to 2-18 overall and 2-14 in the NSIC.
NSU jumped out to an early lead in the contest, outscoring SMSU by 15 points in the first quarter. The Wolves continued to increase the scoring spread in the second quarter, tallying 30 points to head into the half with a 52-24 lead.
Southwest Minnesota State went on to outscore the Wolves in the third, however both teams notched 18 points in the final ten minutes and NSU would go on to win with a season-high 90 points.
Northern State took control of the game by shooting 60.7 percent from field goal range, 57.1 from the three point range and 80.0 percent from the charity stripe. The Wolves recorded 32 rebounds, 28 assists, 11 steals and four blocks. As a unit, NSU earned a season-high 46 points off the bench and 38 points off the bench.
Four Wolves scored in double-digits, led by Jill Conrad with 16 points.
Conrad shot 6-for-7 from the floor and 3-for-3 from the foul line, and earned a double-double with a career-high ten assists. Paige Waytashek and Miranda Ristau followed up with 14 and 12 points respectively.
Sophomore Annika Fredrick notched a career-high ten points in 11 minutes of action.
Defensively, Conrad and Waytashek each nabbed three steals, while junior center Ristau knocked down three SMSU shots.
The Wolves held the Mustangs to 18-of-50 from field goal range.
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