The Minnesota State University women’s basketball team has hit a bit of a rough patch the past couple weeks. They are currently on a five-game losing streak with the last victory coming against Waldorf College on Dec. 19. The Mavericks then went through one of their tougher parts of the schedule, competing against 18th-ranked MSU-Moorhead, 24th-ranked Northern State, and Wayne State, who are just outside of the top-25. Their most recent loss was on Tuesday to Concordia-St Paul, whom they had defeated earlier in the season.
The Mavs couldn’t keep the Golden Bears out of the paint, where they were outscored 40-16. They were out-rebounded 51-40 and shot 28 percent from the field for the whole game. Those statistics don’t tell the tale of a winning basketball team. Points were hard to come by in the first half as the Bears had a 29-24 lead. Both MSU and Concordia didn’t make a single three-pointer in the first half as the Bears went 0-10 while the Mavs shot 0-7 from beyond the arc.
The Golden Bears came out on fire for the third quarter as they outscored the Mavs 26-15. That gave the Bears a comfortable 55-39 lead heading into the final quarter. MSU made an attempt at a comeback in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Bears 22-17, but it was all for naught and the Mavs fell 72-61, giving them their fifth loss in-a-row.
Senior guard Sammie Delzotto was MSU’s leading scorer and rebounder with 12 points and seven rebounds. Senior guard Britney Scherber had a decent game, as she finished the game with nine points, four rebounds, and zero turnovers. Monica Muth and Claire Jordan also added nine points each to round out the top performers for the Mavs.
With the loss, the Mavericks currently stand at 7-7 and a 3-7 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) record. This Friday MSU will host Minot State and then University of Mary on Saturday. Minot State is currently last in the NSIC North Division at 3-13 on the year. Mary (9-9) is just like Minnesota State, sitting at .500 for the season. They are currently fourth in the NSIC North Division. Tip-off for the Minot game is at 6 p.m. and the Mary game is at 4 p.m.