Women Fall in NSAA Final Four

By Colton Hall

Offense wins games, defense wins championships.

In the Final Four of the North Star Athletic Association conference tournament, The Presentation College Women’s basketball team couldn’t overcome a stifling Mayville State University defense in route to a 71-44 loss at The Watertown Civic Arena Saturday.

This wasn’t a championship game, but the Comets will hope to use the same style of defense as they advance to the NSAA championship game.

Points were hard to come by for the Saints as they shot under 25 percent on the night (15 of 70 overall) while shooting 20 percent (2 of 20) from beyond the arc.

“They’re a good defensive team, but we didn’t make shots,” head coach Eric Nelson said. “You can’t shoot like that and win. They’re ranked number one for a reason.”

On the flip side, the Comets didn’t shoot lights out but were efficient while shooting 38 percent from the field (20 of 52 overall) and 29 percent from long range.  

Allison Cox led the way for the Saints scoring 16 points while Tone Oglesby chipped in with 10.

Meanwhile, four different Comet players finished in double digits with Nicole Bunting leading the way with 14 points for Mayville State.

“They are just such a well-rounded team,” Nelson said of Mayville. “They have a lot of good players that make it tough to guard.”

Rebounds were rather one-sided as well. The Comets outrebounded Presentation 54-41.

“When you miss that many shots there will be a lot of rebounds,” Nelson said. “We had our fair share of rebounds, but we just couldn’t make shots.”

Bench points also were an issue for the Saints as they were only able to get four, while the Comets ended the game with 26 points from their bench.

“That was a big difference,” Nelson said. “We just weren’t as deep as them in some areas and it cost us. That’s what makes them such a good team.”

The Saints finished the season with a 12-19 record, but for Nelson next year shows plenty of promise.

“We’ve got a lot of younger girls coming back,” Nelson said. “As a team, we’re going to regroup, get back to training and be ready for next year.”

Mayville State 71

Presentation 44

NSAA Final Four at Watertown Civic Arena.

PC;11;8;14;11;– 44

MSU;21;15;24;11;– 71

PC: Allison Cox 5-8 5-8 16, Shayla Strauss 0-5 0-0 0, Haylie Vallery 0-0 0-0 0, Heather Estrada 0-1 0-0 0, Tone Oglesby 2-15 5-6 10, Karly Sanchez 0-7 0-0 0, Jada Campbell 2-3 0-0 4, Joey Snow 0-0 0-0 0, April Hudelson 4-13 1-2 9, Victoria Ates 0-3 0-0 0, Victoria Stewart 2-12 1-4 5, Josie Clemens 0-2 0-0 0, Sharmayne Hardy 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 15-70 12-20 44.

MSU: Alissa Foster 0-0 0-0 0, Joelle Ertl 3-11 4-4 12, Sydney Magsam 0-0 0-0 0, Cyan Hale 1-5 4-4 7, Nicole Bunting 4-11 4-4 14, Claire Blascziek 4-9 2-4 12, Taylor Skjordal 4-6 1-1 9, Cierra Jacobson 0-0 1-2 1, Sara Herzog 0-0 0-0 0, Haley Anderson 0-1 0-0 0, Kylee Heurung 3-8 4-5 11, Andrea Skillingstad 0-0 0-0 0, Taylor Reilly 0-0 0-0 0, Taylor Shamp 1-1 1-2 3, Heather Elfering 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 20-52 23-28 71.

3-pt FG: Presentation 2-20 (Cox 1-3, Strauss 0-4, Oglesby 1-4, Sanchez 0-3, Stewart 0-4, Clemens 0-2), Mayville State 8-28 (Ertl 2-10, Hale 1-2, Bunting 2-4, Blascziek 2-6, Skjordal 0-2, Heurung 1-4). Rebounds: Presentation 41 (Campbell 7, Stewart 7), Mayville State 54 (Ertl 9, Bunting 9). Fouls Presentation 19, Mayville State 16. Fouled out: none. Technical: none. Assists: Presentation 6 (Cox 2, Stewart 2), Mayville State 13 (Blascziek 5). Steals: Presentation 8 (Oglesby 2, Sanchez 2, Clemens 2), Mayville State 5 (Blascziek 2). Blocked shots: Presentation 1 (Hudelson 1), Mayville State 5 (Shamp 2). Turnovers: Presentation 8, Mayville State 15.

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