Maverick women’s basketball take split

The Lady Mavericks split the games this weekend by losing to Sioux Falls and defeating Southwest Minnesota State.

The Mavericks played a strong first quarter against Sioux Falls, but the second quarter proved to be costly. With a 16-13 lead after the first quarter, the Mavericks would go on to be outscored 18-9 heading into halftime.

The third quarter was more of the same for the Mavericks, as they were outscored 22-11.

Entering the fourth quarter, the score was 53-36 in favor of Sioux Falls. The Mavericks would change that in a hurry. The Mavericks outscored Sioux Falls 35-21 in the final quarter of play.

Unfortunately for Minnesota State, their 35-point fourth quarter was not enough to walk away with the win. The Mavericks were playing catch-up since the second quarter and came quite close to sending the game into overtime. The game ended 74-71 in favor of Sioux Falls.

Claire Ziegler led the Mavericks with her third double-double of the season. She would finish with a game-high 20 points and 10 rebounds. Claire Jordan added another 17 points for the Lady Mavs.

Sioux Falls was led by Kaely Hummel, who finished the game with a team-high 18 points. Jacey Hunker added another 15 points and 13 rebounds. The Mavericks’ luck changed on Saturday, when they hosted Southwest Minnesota State at the Taylor Center. The Mavs defeated the Mustangs by a final score of 81-53.

Claire Jordan led the Mavericks with a game-high 30 points. This mark also sets a new season-high for points in a game for Jordan.

Claire Ziegler was nothing short of electric once again for the Lady Mavs, as she made her presence known with 12 points and 13 rebounds. This is Ziegler’s fourth double-double on the season, and her second in back-to-back days.

SMSU was led in scoring by Erin Baxter who had 12 points on the night for the Mustangs.

After the weekend split, the Mavericks move to 6-13, including an in-conference record of 4-9.

The Lady Mavs hope to keep the momentum going as they travel to Concordia – St. Paul on Jan. 23. The Golden Bears have an overall record of 5-14.

The Mavericks will return to Mankato on Friday to host the University of Minnesota – Crookston. The Golden Eagles have a record of 5-13.

The Lady Mavs will face-off against Bemidji State on Saturday at the Taylor Center. The Lady Beavers will enter the weekend with a record of 4-14.

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