The Minnesota State women’s basketball team cruised past Missouri Southern State, 89-64 on Saturday afternoon at the Taylor Center.
The Mavericks sprinted out on a 7-0 run to open the game after a Claire Ziegler free throw. Missouri Southern State chipped the advantage down to two, 9-7, with 5:15 to play in the opening quarter. Minnesota State responded by building their lead up to 10, 24-14, after Monica Muth was able to find Taylor Klug behind the three point arc to beat the buzzer as time expired in the quarter.
The Mavericks took control of the game in the second quarter expanding their lead to 12, 34-22, after a Taylor Drost jumper. The Lions then cut the deficit down to nine, 39-30, at the 3:25 mark. The Mavericks closed the half with a strong 10-2 run in which the Mavericks connected on six free throws. Minnesota State led at the half, 49-34.
Both teams traded points to open the second half as Missouri Southern State drew within 11, 51-40, with 4:54 to play in the quarter. The Mavericks then swelled their lead up to 18, 60-42, after Klug found Ashley Reed for a lay up at the 2:22 mark. Minnesota State headed into the fourth quarter with a 63-47 advantage.
In the final quarter of play, Minnesota State did not let off the gas growing their advantage to 21, 73-52, after a Rachel Shumski lay up with 6:20 remaining. Minnesota State closed the game continuing to find offense and building their largest lead of the game, 89-62, after a Megan Peschong lay up. The Mavericks went on to win the contest, 89-64.
Minnesota State held the edge in rebounds (39-32), assists (21-8), and steals (10-6). Additionally, the Mavericks went 73.3% from the free throw line (22-30).
Ziegler led the Mavericks posting her second straight double-double with a team-high 12 rebounds and added 15 points. Minnesota State had three more players reach double digits in points: Senior Sammie Delzotto (20), Senior Britney Scherber (14) and Klug (10).
With the win, Minnesota State moves to 2-0 (0-0 NSIC) on the season. The Mavericks return to action when they travel to Black Hills State on Nov. 25. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.