Minot State women win opening-round upset
Minot State University womenís basketball team upset Shawnee (Ohio) State 94-82 in the first round of the 2008 NAIA Division II Womenís Basketball Tournament Wednesday (March 12) in Sioux City, Iowa.
"The way we came into this tournament, I donít think we felt too nervous," MSU head coach Sheila Green Gerding said. "We felt this was kind of a rebirth. The kids came out relaxed.
The Beavers beat the Bears at their own game with solid 3-point shooting and a strong transition. MSU hit 9 of 15 3-pointers, while holding a normally strong shooting Shawnee State team to just 3-for-17 from beyond the arc.
"We got out on their shooters," MSU senior Kendra Meyer said. "Everybody did their job. We knew coming in that they wanted to shoot 3s and we did a good job of taking that away from them."
Meyer lead the team with a game-high 28 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. Brittni Walker added 23 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 blocks to capture the MSU victory.
The Beavers (20-10), a No. 7 seed for the third-straight time at the national tournament, knocked off a No. 2 seed for the second time in three trips to the tournament.
MSU will play William Jewell, who upset defending champion Indiana Wesleyan in the first round, Friday at 4 p.m.
-partially excerpted from the Minot Daily News