Women’s Basketball—The Battle of Aberdeen
By: Josie Clemens
Aberdeen, S.D. – The two women’s college basketball teams in Aberdeen went face to face in an exhibition matchup on Monday, Jan. 15. The Presentation College women’s basketball team lost 54-94 to Northern State University at Wachs Arena during the “Battle of Aberdeen.”
Before the game, the Saints (7-10) entered the arena with several goals in mind.
“Our mindset was to go in and work on things that will make us better moving forward in the conference,” head coach Eric Nelson said.
Defensively, coach Nelson emphasized working on the team’s zone coverage. Concepts of the plays in a motion offense needed to be developed as well. Rebounding has always been a key focus of Saints’ basketball throughout the season.
Facing a tough opponent such as Northern State University, who has a 15-3 record and is ranked in Division 2 basketball is not an easy task, but the PC Saints did not back down from the challenge.
“We wanted to make sure that we worked hard against this team,” senior guard Tatiana Navarro said. “We wanted to make a statement that we were just as hard-working as NSU.”
The Saints fought hard throughout the entire game, but could not stop Northern State’s team rebounds and offensive plays. Senior Gabby Laimer scored 15 points for NSU alongside senior Miranda Ristau’s 12 points. The team accumulated 57 rebounds on the night.
Presentation College only grabbed 28 boards, less than half of NSU’s total rebounds. Sophomore Allison Cox led the Saints with 19 points and 9 rebounds, and senior Macy Toelle added 10 points.
While the Saints suffered a loss, the players did not leave the arena without taking valuable lessons with them to work on in future practices to prepare for upcoming games.
“Playing Northern will make us a better team,” coach Nelson said. “Hopefully, taking some of those lessons into the conference games this weekend will be big for us.”
Presentation College faculty and students welcome everyone to join them in the Strode Center to cheer on the Saints women’s basketball team in future games.
“We love when the crowd gets into the game. It makes it even more exciting for us!” Navarro said.