Sioux Falls, SD
Led by 19 points from Mariah Szymanski and 15 from Augusta Thramer, the University of Sioux Falls Women’s Basketball Team (10-5, 7-4 NSIC) picked up a 63-43 NSIC decision over Bemidji State (4-10, 3-7 NSIC) on Friday night at the Stewart Center.
In just her second career start, Thramer had a career-high 15 points, four rebounds, two assists and no turnovers in 35 minutes of action at point guard. She hit 6-of-9 shots from the field as she hit double digits for the second time in her career. Szymanski had her seventh career double digit scoring game and ninth in her career with the 19 points. She made 6-of-10 field goals including a blistering 4-of-5 from three point range. In addition, she added four rebounds, two assists and three steals in 31 minutes.
“I was very pleased with our start and finish,” said USF Women’s Head Coach Travis Traphagen, who recorded his 188th career victory, including 102nd in conference play. “We played a little up and down but stayed focused and picked up an important league victory,” he said.
USF, which has won 2-of-3, stand 7-4 and fourth in the NSIC South Division, just a game behind Wayne State at 8-3. USF is now 6-2 at home.
Sophomore Kaely Hummel added 13 points and tied a career-high with six assists while grabbing three rebounds. She registered her 25th double digit scoring game in her career, including 15 in 2017-18.
The Cougars, which hit 25-of-60 field goals for 41.7 percent, led 26-12 after the first quarter. BSU had a 12-9 advantage in the second quarter to trail just 35-24 at halftime. The Cougars, which put together a 34-to-31 points edge in the paint, had a 12-11 margin in the third quarter and with a 16-8 advantage in the fourth quarter took the 20-point win. It is the eighth time USF has recorded a double digit point victory and the second time of at least 20 points.
Also for USF, Jacey Huinker had eight points, a team-high nine rebounds with four assists as she continued to play a solid all-around game. Senior center Moira Duffy had four points, six rebounds and set a career-best with eight blocked shots (7, Colorado School of Mines, 11/18/17).
BSU, which was led by 14 points from Brooklyn Bachmann, held a 46-35 edge on the boards but was 12 turnovers to just three for the Cougars. USF picked up this win with solid offense but tough defense. On the night, USF had eight blocks, eight steals and held the Beavers to just 28.3 percent shooting for the game.
Led by 11 points from Szymanski and 10 from Hummel, USF built a 35-24 halftime lead over BSU. The Cougars, which led by as many as 16 (26-10, :44, 1st quarter), had a solid effort from the field, hitting 13-of-26 for 50 percent. However the Cougars made just 1-of-6 from three point range and lost the rebound battle, 24-18. BSU was 8-of-35 from the floor and 2-of-8 from distance.
The Beavers, which received nine points from Bachmann, also held a 7-4 edge in made free throws.
Baskets by Hummel, Thramer and a three plus lay-up by Szymanski, helped USF surge to a 9-2 lead over Beavers at the 8:05 mark of the opening quarter. From there, the Cougars built on their lead, taking as much as a 26-10 lead with 44 seconds to play in the quarter.
BSU made a run at USF in the second quarter as they cut USF’s advantage to 29-21 as part of a 9-3 run. USF, which answered with a three and two foul shots from Szymanski, re-took a double digit lead just before halftime at 35-24.
With a free throw from Sydney Arrington, BSU cut the USF lead to 40-32 with 4:44 to play but Duffy converted a hook shot inside to give USF a 42-32 advantage at the 3:47 mark. USF took a 47-35 lead to the fourth quarter as a result of a late three from Hummel.
After the Beavers opened the fourth quarter with a pair of baskets to cut the deficit to eight points, the Cougars received a driving lay-up from Szymanski for a 49-39 lead with 5:50 left in the game. Then, Szymanski took over with a pair of threes to key a 12-2 run for a 61-43 lead with 1:50 to play. When Ashley Hodell scored inside with 35 seconds to play, the Cougars won for the fifth time in seven games with BSU.
On Saturday the Cougars will host Minnesota Crookston at 4 p.m. at the Stewart Center.
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