Women’s basketball starts at Disney

Originally Published: November 5, 2008

The Southwest Minnesota State University women’s basketball team got off to a hot start this weekend, as they went 2-1 at the Disney East Coast Tip-Off Classic.

The Mustangs were off and rolling after a stunning upset of Delta State, who was ranked 12th in the nation and was in last year’s Division II national semifinals. Southwest defeated the Lady Statemen 66-51. Senior center Heidi Kimmes led the Mustangs’ charge, scoring 12 points, grabbing seven rebounds and blocking two shots. Senior forward Sara Leidall also added 12 points and four rebounds in the win. Southwest played tough defense throughout, holding Delta State to just 34 percent shooting and forcing 18 turnovers.

In game two of the weekend, SMSU faced American International. Despite struggling on offense for much of the game, the Mustangs won 66-60. Leidall led the Mustangs with 20 points and seven rebounds. The Mustangs only shot 37.3 percent on field goals but a stellar defensive performance held the Yellow Jackets to 32.2 percent shooting. Southwest was ahead for the entire game.

The final game of the road trip was Sunday against South Carolina-Aiken. Unfortunately, the Mustangs were not able to come home with an undefeated record. SMSU lost to the Pacers 76-63.

Leidall again was the Mustangs’ leading scorer with 18 points. However, she struggled early on, only scoring four of her points in the first half. Leidall also led SMSU with five rebounds. Kimmes added 15 points in the loss but most of her points were in the first half.

The Mustangs are back in action on Sunday with an exhibition game in Brookings, S.D., against South Dakota State University. They will then return home for three non-conference games, beginning Nov. 15 versus Chadron State College. Game time is set for 2 p.m.

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