The University of Mary won its second Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game Friday by defeating St. Cloud State, 59-47. The Marauders shot close to 21 percent better in the second half compared to the first half to continue their winning streak to three games.
Gabbie B(allin)ohl — If Friday’s performance doesn’t land Gabbie Bohl with NSIC Player of the Week honors, I’ll write a hand-written letter to the committee. The UMary junior finished with 27 points and 19 rebounds in 32 minutes of play. Bohl also made 13 of 14 from the free throw line and added three blocks. She was a machine. Ten of Bohl’s points came in the fourth quarter when UMary outscored the Huskies 25-11 after trailing 36-34 heading into the final frame. One of the biggest differences I saw not only in Bohl’s play but UMary’s post players were that they seemed more comfortable in the second half. It was almost like they were waiting to see what SCSU’s defense was giving them before they made a move and it definitely worked out for Rick Neumann’s squad.
Free points — UMary has been pretty solid at the free throw line this season and that continued against the Huskies. The Marauders knocked down 21 of 24 from the charity stripe and Coral Gillette, Macy Williams and Jordyn Jossart finished a combined 6 of 6. This season UMary has shot 25 more free throws this season than its opponents.
Winning without the 3-pointer — Great teams can win games when the long-range buckets aren’t falling and when the Marauders 3-point threat finishes the game 1 for 7 and you still win by 12 points that has to feel good. The Marauders only attempted less than 15 3-pointers for the second time this season and made its fewest (four) in five games.