MSU women win sixth in a row

Sam Thiel/Marshall Independent Minot State's Kristal Flowers (40) backs down in the post during a women's college basketball game Friday in Marshall, Minn.

MARSHALL, Minn. – The Minot State women’s basketball team extended their season-long win streak to six games with a 66-48 win at Southwest Minnesota State on Friday night in Marshall, Minn.

The win streak is the longest win streak the Beavers have recorded since opening the 2013-14 season with a seven-game win streak.

Minot State improves to 12-9 (9-8 NSIC) on the season while the Mustangs fall to 4-16 (3-14 NSIC).

The Beavers got off to a slow start, as Southwest Minnesota State opened the game with a 9-0 run before Minot State reeled off a 10-0 run themselves to take a 19-16 lead after the first quarter.

Both teams went back and forth in a low scoring second quarter, as the Mustangs outscored the Beavers 12-11 in the second quarter while Minot State held a 30-28 lead at halftime.

Minot State opened the second half with a 17-1 run to extend their lead to 47-31 with 2:09 left in the third quarter off a three-pointer from Madison Wald.

The Beaver defense held the Mustangs to five points in the third quarter while Diondra Denton knocked down a jumper with 31 seconds left in the quarter to give Minot State a 51-33 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Holly Johnson connected on two free throws with 4:47 left in the game, giving Minot State their biggest lead at 64-41. The Beavers only scored two more points from two Whitney Molina free throws, as Minot State notched a 66-48 win on Friday night.

Minot State shot 47.2 percent from the field, including 50 percent from three-point range while the Beaver defense limited the Mustangs to 25 percent shooting from the floor.

The Beavers outrebounded SMSU 49-35 and notched a 24-14 advantage in points in the paint.

As a team, Minot State shot 72.7 percent from the free throw line and assisted on 18 of 25 field goals.

Denton paced the trio of Beavers that scored in double-figures with 14 points while shooting four of seven from three-point range and grabbing five rebounds.

Kristal Flowers shot six of seven from the floor to score 12 points along with posting nine rebounds.

Holly Johnson recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Minot State returns to action tomorrow night, as the Beavers travel to Sioux Falls, S.D. to face Sioux Falls at 4 p.m.

– Minot State athletics

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