The Minnesota State women’s basketball team topped Missouri Western State, 65-54, Thursday evening at Taylor Center.
The Mavericks took a early 4-2 edge after a Claire Ziegler lay up. The Griffons then picked up the tempo with a 7-0 run to steal a 9-4 lead with 5:50 to play in the quarter. Minnesota State fought back to draw within one, 15-14, after Ziegler was able to knock down a jumper as time expired in the opening quarter.
Both teams traded points in the second quarter until the Mavericks regained a 24-23 advantage following a Monica Muth triple at the 5:05 mark. Minnesota State then opened up their largest lead of the half, 29-24, after a Ziegler lay up. The Mavericks headed into half time with a 29-26 lead.
Minnesota State opened the second half with back-to-back three pointers from Britney Scherber and Sammie Delzotto to create a nine point, 35-26, edge with 8:32 to play in the quarter. The Griffons then responded with a 4-0 run to cut the deficit to five, 35-30. The Mavericks answered with a 4-0 run of their own to open up an 11 point, 41-30, lead at 4:27 mark. Minnesota State led after three quarters of play, 47-39.
Missouri Western State battled back pull within six, 49-43, with 7:12 remaining. The Mavericks then went on to build their largest lead of the game, 60-45, following a Logan Anderson triple. The Griffons chipped the lead down to 11, 62-51, but it would not be enough as Minnesota State went on to win, 65-54.
Minnesota State held the edge in rebounds (54-30) and assists (14-9). Additionally, the Maverick bench out scored the Griffon bench (20-10).
Ziegler led the Mavericks posting a double performance with a team-best 11 rebounds and 14 points. Senior Karina Schroeder netted 12 points and added nine rebounds. Scherber rounded out the top performers with 10 points.
With the win, Minnesota State moves to 1-0 (0-0 NSIC) on the season. The Mavericks return to Taylor Center on Saturday hosting Missouri Southern State at 4:00 p.m.