With about five minutes to go in Minot State's game against Upper Iowa on Friday, Carly Boag received a pass near the free-throw line and casually tossed in a shot without setting her feet or squaring her shoulders to the basket.
"I think I just kind of chucked it and it went in," Boag said.
It was that kind of night for the 6-foot-2 junior, who poured in a career-high 37 points on 15-of-18 shooting to lead the Beavers to a 78-63 victory over Upper Iowa at the MSU Dome.
Minot State University junior Carly Boag scores a layup in front of an Upper Iowa defender during the Beavers’ win Friday at the MSU Dome.
Boag's point total tied the MSU single-game record set by Carol Hayes in the 1998-99 season and is the highest scoring output posted by a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference player this season.
The junior scored so often that she didn't remember all of her baskets and was oblivious to how high her point total was climbing.
"I didn't think I had that many and they were all telling me to get 40 on the bench," she said. "I just posted up and finished most of my shots."
Boag's night overshadowed a determined performance by Peacock sophomore guard Whitney Kieffer, who drilled 5-of-8 3-pointers en route to 28 points.
Beginning at about the nine-minute mark of the first half, MSU (7-5 overall, 3-5 NSIC) went on a 12-0 run to grab a 30-18 advantage.
Upper Iowa closed the half with a flurry, though, as Kieffer poured in 10 points during a 15-2 spurt.
The teams went into the locker room tied and remained close for the opening 12 minutes of the second half.
After a Kieffer 3 pulled Upper Iowa (4-11, 1-7) within 55-50 with 8 minutes, 49 seconds remaining, Boag scored seven points during a 13-4 run that allowed MSU to play with a comfortable cushion the rest of the way.
Boag routinely cut to the soft spot in the middle of the Peacocks' zone, and - when Upper Iowa played man-to-man - the powerful forward abused whichever defender was matched up with her one-on-one.
"It's a credit to her for actually shooting the ball," MSU coach Sheila Green Gerding said. "We got on her yesterday (in practice) for passing up six shots in a row and we told her we're not going to work that hard to get her the ball if she's not gonna shoot, so it's a credit to her for shooting the ball and a credit to her teammates for finding her."
The Beavers shot 56 percent from the field and assisted on 21 of their 32 made baskets. Freshman point guard Amanda Sansaver led the way with six assists and Sacarra Molina and Morgan Klose added four apiece.
"Everybody has to contribute and everybody has to be a player, but I thought we were very unselfish tonight moving the ball and just getting it into the hands of the right people," Green Gerding said.
The right person was normally Boag, but 5-9 senior Francesca DeAngelis also went for her season high, scoring 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting.
"We need to be aware of who's scoring on the court and give them the ball," DeAngelis said. "Me and (Carly) were the ones scoring so (our teammates) were finding us and getting us shots, and our defense was pretty consistent the whole time."
Boag also had a team-high 12 rebounds for the Beavers, who host Winona State University (11-5, 5-3) at 4 p.m. today.