Wolves maul MSU women

Sean Arbaut/Minot State athletics Minot State's Holly Johnson (23) drives to the basket during a women's college basketball game Friday at the MSU Dome.

Nothing went right from the start for the Minot State women’s basketball team Friday.

No. 16 Northern State came into the MSU Dome and dominated the Beavers in every aspect of the game, as it left Minot with a 77-58 win. The 58 points from Minot State were a season low.

“That’s what they do to you,” MSU coach Mark Graupe said. “They’re number 16 in the nation. We were picked to finish 16th in the conference. There’s a huge difference.”

The Wolves opened the game on a 22-9 run and led 24-13 after the first quarter. Miranda Ristau had her way in the post, contributing 12 points on a 6 of 8 shooting effort in the first quarter.

At the half, NSU led 45-29 and had a 29-14 rebounding advantage.

“What I’m most disappointed in is how we started the game,” Graupe said. “After the second quarter on, I thought it was a pretty even battle. A glaring thing was, we just got killed on the boards. We were fifth in the nation in rebounding advantage coming in and we just got smoked. I found that very disappointing.”

NSU outscored MSU 15-10 in the third quarter and the Beavers had a 19-17 advantage in the fourth quarter.

Ristau led NSU with 18 points, while Jill Conrad chipped in 13. The Wolves shot 43.1 percent from the floor in the contest, 50 percent from 3-point range and converted 22 of 29 free throws.

Mariah Payne had nine points to lead the Beavers, while Holly Johnson, Kristal Flowers and Kari Clements eached finished with eight points. MSU shot 33.8 percent from the floor and 30 percent from beyond the arc.

NSU finished with a 51-34 rebound advantage.

“In the third quarter, I thought the girls really played with some passion,” Graupe said. “But another thing I found disappointing was our post play, we’re getting a little lazy. We let them get way too deep and didn’t adjust and get around in front.”

MSU (4-2) is back in action at 4 p.m. today against MSU Moorhead at the MSU Dome.

Garrick Hodge covers Minot State athletics, the Minot Minotauros and high school sports. Follow him on Twitter @Garrick_Hodge.