Rollercoaster weekend for Mustang women

Originally Published: February 27, 2008

The Southwest Minnesota State University Mustang women’s basketball team had a roller coaster ride in the final week of the regular season. The week started with a record-setting performance on Tuesday and ended with a weekend sweep on the road.

The week started off well with the Mustangs record-setting performance at the expense of the North Central University Rams. Southwest won the game easily, scoring a single-game record high of 116 points, only giving up 42. The Mustangs also set single game records in margin of victory (74), field goals made (49), assists (34) and steals (29).

Several Mustang players also reached career highs on Tuesday. Andrea Fennern scored a career high 18 points and was the leading scorer for the Mustangs. Aneshia Starks scored a career high of 10 points, along with 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals.

In her final home game at the R/A Facility, lone senior Laura VanOverbeke scored a career high of 16 points on 6-10 shooting, along with four steals.

Every Mustang scored in the game. Southwest began Tuesday night’s contest on a 9-0 run in the first three minutes of the game. SMSU shot 55.7 percent from the field, while only allowing the Rams to connect on 37.2 percent of their shot attempts.

The weekend was not as kind to the Mustangs, as they were swept by an average point differential of 32 points. On Friday, the Mustangs fell 83-63 to Concordia-St. Paul, the nation’s fifth-ranked team. Leading the team in scoring was Heidi Kimmes, who was the lone double digit scorer with 17 points. She also added 7 rebounds and 3 blocks in the loss. The leading rebounder for Southwest was VanOverbeke who tallied 9 rebounds.

Saturday night was a struggle for the Mustangs offensively, as the Mustangs lost 85-41 to the hands of the Dragons. In the first half of the contest, the Mustangs shot just 15.4 percent from the field on 4-26 shooting. In the second half, the Mustangs converted on 20.6 percent of their attempts, which brought their field goal percentage to 18.3 percent for the game.

The Mustangs were led by Sara Leidall with 7 points and a game high 5 rebounds, despite only shooting 2-10 in the game. Two other Mustangs were able to tally 5 rebounds.

Next up for the Mustangs is the NSIC tournament. Southwest finished the season as the eighth seed in the conference. In the first round, Southwest will face the Golden Bears of Concordia-St. Paul, who finished the season as the top team in the Northern Sun. The game will be played at the Ganglehoff Center in St. Paul on March 1. Game time is set for 6 p.m.

For more information on the women’s basketball program, go to SMSUMustangs.com.

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