WAYNE, Neb. - Scoring bursts at the end of the first half and start of the second half provided Northern State with a 62-50 women's college basketball over Colorado Mines Saturday.
The Wolves had to overcome a run by the Orediggers first, as Colorado Mines broke an early tie with a 15-5 run of its own to build a 22-12 lead with seven minutes left in the opening half. The Wolves received points from five different players during a 12-0 run to overtake the Orediggers with 3:40 to go. The teams went to the half tied at 29.
Northern's 9-2 run to open the second half gave the Wolves a lead they never surrendered. The teams traded baskets before the Wolves went on another mini-run at 8-0 to break the game open with a 51-35 lead with nine minutes left in the game.
Freshman center Sadie Stotesbery, who finished with a game-high 13 points in a reserve role, scored five during the 8-0 run.
We kept calling Sadie's number and she hit half and she hit half (of her shots) and that's all we ask of her, said NSU coach Curt Fredrickson. It's nice to be able to put Sadie out there and let her shoot some outside shots. We still haven't figured how to incorporate all her skills into the game yet.
The Wolves received another strong defensive effort from Brittany Euerle, who held Mines' leading scorer Angie Charchalis to nine points. Fredrickson credited a strong inside presence with helping hold Charchalis in check.
Brittany did a great job on her, but you notice every time Charchalis turned the corner, there was a big post player sitting there waiting for her plugging up the lane to the basket, said Fredrickson. That made it really hard for her to get anything easy.
Fredrickson noted the duo of Rachel Krogman and Sarah Hintz turned in good numbers as well. Hintz had seven points, seven rebounds and five assists, while Krogman added half a dozen points off the bench. Mikayla Barondeau tallied nine points and half of NSU's 10 steals, but committed six turnovers for the second straight game.
I thought she looked a lot better offensively. We just need to get Mikayla to pass the ball better, said Fredrickson. As good as she is offensively, she has to cut those turnovers down.
Rebounds were once again in NSU's favor, 43-32, with the Wolves gathering 17 on the offensive end.
Courtney Gallo was the only Oredigger to hit double figure scoring, with 13 points. Northern (2-0) returns to action with a pair of games out west next weekend, facing Black Hills State on Friday and South Dakota Tech on Saturday. Both games are at 7 p.m. MDT.
COLORADO MINES: Allie Grazulis 0-0 0-2 0, Tory Langas 2-4 0-0 5, Stephanie Fogle 3-10 0-0 7, Courtney Gallo 5-10 1-2 13, Angie Charchalis 4-7 0-0 9, Katie Clements 1-6 1-1 3, Taylor Helbig 2-5 2-2 8, Taylor McBain 0-7 0-3 0, Sam Rusk 1-2 0-0 3, Katie Carty 0-2 2-2 2. Totals 18-53 6-12 50.
NORTHERN STATE (2-0): Sarah Hintz 2-5 3-4 7, Brittany Euerle 0-0 0-2 0, Mikayla Barondeau 4-8 1-1 9, Jenna Higgins 3-8 1-2 7, Emily Becken 3-10 2-5 10, Sami Smith 0-1 0-1 0, Alison Kusler 2-4 3-4 9, Caitlin Farroh 0-0 1-2 1, Rachel Krogman 3-5 0-0 6, Sadie Stotesbery 6-12 1-2 13. Totals 23-53 12-23 62.
Halftime score - 29-29. 3-point field goals - Colorado Mines 8-23 (Langas 1-1, Fogle 1-4, Gallo 2-7, Charchalis 1-1, Clements 0-3, Helbig 2-3, McBain 0-2, Rusk 1-2); Northern State 4-11 (Becken 2-6, Smith 0-1, Kusler 2-3, Stotesbery 0-1). Total fouls - Colorado Mines 21; Northern State 14. Fouled out - None. Rebounds - Colorado Mines 32 (Charchalis 6); Northern State (Hintz 7). Assists - Colorado Mines 8 (Charchalis 3); Northern State 17 (Hintz 5). Blocks - Colorado Mines 3 (Carty 2); Northern State 3. Steals - Colorado Mines 6; Northern State 10 (Barondeau 5). Turnovers - Colorado Mines 18; Northern State 16.