The Purple are off to the West Coast after he great win today in New Orleans.
Check out the broad-strokes breakdown about the game (if you haven't already!)
The Herd started the week in Tennessee as the Wrestling team was at the "Southern Scuffle." As they have since joining the 12, NDSU's mat men showed up well against the array of challengers.
Thursday also included a doubleheader against Western Illinois which went into double-overtime for the women but ended with a 79 - 78 loss. The guys followed that up with a 94 - 74 thumping, with both Ward (25) & Shahid (22) continuing their hot streaks! They followed that up with a 97 - 43 win over Northland which featured another 10 deep day and every player scoring at least four, including 7 with at least 10 points. It was a nice way to conclude the non-conference opponents.
The fire-breathers kept it to a quartet of hoops and some Wrestling in Wisconsin this week. On Friday night they hosted Winona State, only to be edged 65 - 63 in overtime of the women's game then 89 - 77 in the men's. They came back on Saturday to defeat Upper Iowa 76 - 32 by the ladies & 98 - 84 by the gents. The most stark note to take from either of the wins was that UI went more than a quarters worth of time without scoring a single point. It was some combination of defensive prowess and offensive struggle but is the sort of drought that doesn't come along very often. The women went 13 (!) deep with each one putting in at least a pair of points, lead by Megan Hintz & Peyton Boom with 10 each. The guy's went 10 in with six finishing in dubs, lead by Kaedrick Williams & Gavin Baumgartner (22 each) & Siman Sem added 18 off the bench, a career-high. Saturday on the mat, the Wrestlers went against Wisconsin - Parkside but came up short in more matches than they didn't.
Concordia started it's week in Wis as the women's Hockey team squared off against River Falls. On Friday they finished on the wrong end of a 5 - 1 score, which they repeated in the Saturday rematch. The Basketball teams also played on Saturday, against St. Thomas. The men lost 85 - 49 while the women were one shot short, 67 - 64. The Wrestling team rounded out the week in Dubuque, defeating Milwaukee engineering 35 - 18, Fontbonne 41 - 9 but losing to the hosts 15 - 28.
The up then down season took a weird turn this week as the Howl narrowly lost to Milwaukee on the heels of a win over Brooklyn and before a win over Golden State. They kept up the anti-tank sessions with a win tonight over the mostly hapless Cleveland team. They're the sort of wins that playoff teams should aspire to have but the Wolves are not that, again. Unfortunately. So all they've accomplished is to hurt themselves when the balls are bouncing, because Minnesota is never getting a frozen card! I would much rather they win every single night and wasting another year of Towns SUCKS but this team isn't going anywhere so it's been a frustratingly disappointing week.
Fargo closed out 2019 with some ice fireworks, winning 9 - 4 over Cedar Rapids. They blitzed to an 8 - 1 lead early in the third period and then played out the clock.
On Saturday they lost to Sioux City 4 - 3 in a shootout. They're 1 - 2 when shooting for the win and 5 - 4 in extra-time games so far this year. It's a decent record that they improved upon today, as Mason Salquist hit the net in overtime to split the pair and avoid a 1 - 4 homestand.