Back on track with the ninth win of the season!
NDSU started the week with a trip by the men's hoops to Indiana State. They fought hard but weren't able to overcome a first-half, double-digit deficit.
The women got the next chance on Thursday with a trip to Peoria but Bradley took control in the third quarter and never let it slip away.
Saturday brought more success on the mat while the Football team took care of business against Nicholls. The Colonels put up a good effort, keeping it close into the second half but the Bison did what they have done so often - wore down their opponent and won when it mattered most. Their prize is an 11 AM kick against Illinois State on Saturday. In other words, Breakfast with the Bison will be back on!! The men's Basketball team capped the night with a hosting of the highly East Tennessee State men. Thanks to offense by nine players, including double-digits by Ward, Hunter, Shahid & Kreuser they were able to notch the minor upset. With Samuelson helping solidify the bench and Griesel still on the mend, the fact that they were able to go nine-deep with success should be encouraging!
Then came the coup de grace. The women hosted the highest-profile opponent in the short history of the SHAC as Wisconsin came to town today. With a pretty good press put on to get seats filled the women did not disappoint. Despite multiple times that Wisconsin was able to give themselves a multi-score cushion, NDSU continued to fight to the final buzzer. With less than a minute remaining in the game, NDSU had narrowed it to a single point. Their tenacious defense forced another empty possession and they capitalized with good ball-movement on offense which lead to an open shot Rylee Nudell that was on-line but clanked off the cylinder. Even after that, they were able to give themselves one more chance but they weren't quite able to one-up the previous day's upset. Make no mistake though, everyone in the building or watching at home should be encouraged by the performance!
Thursday night had Moorhead State's in Aberdeen to take on NSU's wrestling team. The Dragons got one early and one late but otherwise were out-dueled.
Friday & Saturday were mirrors of each other with the aquathletes in Rochester, the T & F competed in the Dakota Classic and the Basketball teams hosting. The scores for the water-workers are still not posted and you can see the outcomes or the Tracksters in the Bison section.
As for the hoops, first it was Crookston coming to town. The women dispatched of them with ease, 89 - 43, behind strong performances by Megan Hintz & Katie Tornstrom. The men kept it close throughout but were edged 68 - 65. On Saturday it was a similar story. 86 - 57 for the women, with less bench impact but five players finishing in double-figures. Likewise, the men were within striking distance for most of their match but couldn't quite keep pace down the stretch.
Concordia started with a pair against Saints. The men's Basketball team traveled to St. John's while the women were at St. Benedict. Despite the distance between, each lost in lopsided fashion.
On Friday the Hockey teams got into the act against St. Thomas the men won 4 - 2 from four sources while the women were on the wrong end of a 3 - 1 final. As with the others, the Track & Field bunch took part in the Dakota Classic.
Saturday culminated saint week with a trip by the Basketball teams to St. Mary's. The men lost 69 - 54 while the women pulled off the victory, 76 - 71 lead by a 17 point game from Mary Sem. The Hockey teams rematched but lost 3 - 2 (men) & 4 - 1 (women). Their aquas also took on the U of Mary but lost 176 - 44. Which leaves the Wrestling team as they were in Illinois. They earned a fourth-place finish to conclude the week.
The Wolves had an 0-3 week due to a technicality in Oklahoma City. A rule about tucked jersey's lead to overtime and another horrendous loss in the franchise's history. In other words, Chris Paul sucks. But also, the team should have performed better so as to avoid the situation. The hot start to the year is a distant memory already and they've officially become the team that they were expected to be. At least they had the good start? It's the best thing I can muster currently.
Fargo split a pair at Tri-City, losing on Saturday after play was suspended on Friday night. They returned to the ice for the rematch and laid down a 5 spot on the Storm. A pair of opening minutes goals by Mason Salquist & Lynden Breen set the tone but T-C didn't let the game get too out of hand. After the lead was cut in half, Breen netted another, only to see the game go three all in the third period. With time winding down, Alex Nordstrom scored a pair of goals, the second being on an empty net to lock up the victory
High School Sports
The Winter season went into high gear this week as North Dakota Class A schools hit the court for the first hoops of the year. Thursday and Friday night were spent in Moorhead at each of the two high schools. Park Christian girls got dibs but the Spuds didn't disappoint to start the weekend! Plenty more good times to come as well!