MSU women have seven-game win streak snapped

DULUTH, Minn. — The Minot State women’s basketball team was outscored 30-14 in the third quarter, as the Beavers fell 70-61 at Minnesota Duluth in Duluth, Minn. on Friday night.

The loss snaps Minot State’s seven-game win streak, as the Beavers suffered their last loss vs. Minnesota State on Jan. 12.

Minot State falls to 13-10 (10-9 NSIC) on the season while the Bulldogs improve to 14-9 (11-8) and gain a one-game lead over the Beavers for the fourth-place spot in the north division.

Defense dominated early for both teams after the Bulldogs held a 10-6 lead after the first quarter.

Trailing 21-12 with five minutes left in the second quarter, Minot State went on a 10-2 run and trimmed the Bulldog lead down to one, as Whitney Molina knocked down a three-pointer with 42 seconds left in the half.

Molina blocked a jumper from UMD’s Sammy Kozlowski at the buzzer, as Minot State went into halftime trailing 23-22.

Kristal Flowers connected on two free throws with 9:47 remaining in the third quarter to give Minot State a 25-24 lead before the Bulldogs reeled off a 12-0 run.

Minot State opened the fourth quarter with a 12-4 run, as Holly Johnson connected on a three-pointer with 6:44 remaining to cut UMD’s lead down to 57-48.

The Beavers climbed back to make it a one-possession game after a jumper from Madison Wald trimmed the Bulldog lead down to 62-59 with one minute left.

Minnesota Duluth went four of five from the free throw line down the stretch, as the Beavers suffered a 70-61 loss to snap their seven-game win streak.

Minot State shot 43.6 percent from the floor while limiting the Bulldogs to 37.3 percent shooting.

The Beavers outrebounded the Bulldogs 41-33 and outscored UMD 32-24 in the paint.

Johnson and Kristal Flowers led Minot State in scoring with 15 points apiece. Flowers recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds while Johnson notched her sixth double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Mariah Payne scored 11 points on four of seven shooting while dishing out four assists.

Minot State returns to action tomorrow night, as the Beavers travel to St. Cloud, Minn. to take on St. Cloud State at 4 p.m.

– Minot State athletics