Five plays that mattered in UMary’s 78-71 win over Northern State

The University of Mary bounced back Saturday with a 78-71 road victory over Northern State despite its leading scorer in Gabbie Bohl being held to a season-low eight points. The Marauders got solid play out of junior forward Cassie Askvig and got good minutes from freshmen Kassandra Bartek, Afton Bartol and Raquel Doll.

Askvig finished with a game-high 28 points on a stellar 81.8 shooting percentage as the Marauders shot 50 percent or better from the field for the third straight game. Here are five plays that stood out above the rest in UMary’s fourth Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference win.

Jossart’s 3-pointer with 2:40 to go in the first quarter 

This game oddly started very slowly. About four minutes into the first quarter there had only been two made buckets and a pair of free throws. A win is a win and it doesn’t matter how you start, it’s about how you finish. But Jordyn Jossart’s first 3-pointer of the afternoon tied the game up at 10-10 after NSU had an early 8-2 advantage. Jossart’s long-range make was important because it started an 8-2 run for UMary to end the first quarter.

Bartol’s layup with 50 seconds left in the first half

The Marauders controlled the tempo for most of the first half and had an 11 point lead three times in the second quarter. However, the Wolves used a 7-2 run late in first half and cut UMary’s lead to four (37-33) with 1:07 to go. Bartol’s second layup of the contest put a stop to NSU’s run with 50 seconds left before the break and the Marauders took a 41-33 lead into halftime.

Bartek 3-pointer with 1:32 left in the third quarter

The Wolves wouldn’t go away and trailed 57-50 with 2:21 left in the third quarter after trailing by 14 about four minutes prior. A defensive stop and another bucket could’ve made it a two-possession game but Bartek wasn’t going to let that happen. The Oak Creek, Wis., native drilled a 3-pointer with 1:32 to play and upped UMary’s lead to 10 (60-50). On the Marauders next offensive possession, Bartek nailed another 3-pointer to give her squad a 63-50 lead. Her first 3-pointer was big, the second was the icing on the cake.

Bohl’s jumper with 9:07 to play in the game

UMary had a double-digit lead multiple times during the game against NSU but its largest lead came at the 9:07 mark in the fourth quarter. Bohl’s jumper gave UMary a 67-52 lead not even a minute into the final frame and it happened to be the Marauders only two points for the next four minutes of play.

Williams’ free throws with 30 seconds left

Free throws are one of the most important parts to a basketball game and making them down the stretch with a lead is what makes good teams great. The Wolves cut UMary’s lead to 76-69 on a Lexi Wadsworth jumper with 39 seconds left in the contest and had to foul. Two fouls later, Macy Williams found herself at the free throw line with 30 seconds left and went 2 for 2 to give UMary a 78-69 lead. Those free throws sealed the deal for Rick Neumann and company.

What did the 2008-09 UMary women’s basketball team look like?

The University of Mary is off to its best start in 10 years and have started 3-0 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play for interesting enough the first time ever. In 2008-09, the Marauders started 5-1 after losing their first game of the season and finished the season 15-12. However, this year’s squad is destined for a better record, right?

The 2008-09 Roster 

Seniors: 2

Juniors: 4

Sophomores: 6

Freshmen: 3

The 2018-19 Roster 

Seniors:

Juniors: 5 (one redshirt)

Sophomores: 4 (two redshirts)

Freshmen: 8 (one redshirt)

The 2008-09 Team Stats (27 games)

FG-FGA: 675-1537

FG %: 43.9

3FG-FGA: 151-420

3PT%: 36.0

FT-FTA: 436-624

FT%: 69.9

REBS AVG: 40.0

AST PER GAME: 16.2

POINTS PER GAME: 71.7

The 2008-09 Player Stats 

Sonny Schulz: 12.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg and 1.6 apg

Anna Skala: 12.9 ppg, 8.8 rpg and 1.6 apg

Liz Sipma: 9.5 ppg and 4.0 rpg

Abby Bratlien: 8.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 2.4 apg

Rachel Zillmer: 8.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 1.1 apg

Kayla Rogers: 7.1 ppg, 3.1 apg and 2.7 rpg

The 2018-19 Player Stats (6 games)

Gabbie Bohl: 22.3 ppg and 11.0 rpg

Cassie Askvig: 15.8 ppg, 8.5 rpg and 3.2 apg

Coral Gillette: 11.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg and 1.8 apg

Tonya Dvorak: 6.0 ppg, 3.5 apg and 3.0 rpg

It’s Gabbie Bohl’s world, we are just living in it

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.

UMary Marauders women’s basketball: A solid performance captures first conference win

The University of Mary women’s basketball team opened up Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play with a 64-58 victory over in-state rival Minot State Saturday afternoon. The win pushed the Marauders winning streak to two games as MSU (5-2) lost its second game of the year.

3-point threat: UMary sophomore Coral Gillette is a type of player that Rick Neumann’s squad wishes they had in the previous seasons. Yes, the Marauders have had 3-point shooters such as Dani Williams, Brittney Dietz, Haley Hibbs, Dani Clarke, McKenzie Foster and Kayla Schmidt  to name a few but Gillette is different. The Division-I transfer has that killer instinct on the hardwood. Fifteen of her team-high 18 points came in the second half against the Beavers. After Gillette missed her first three long range shots of the afternoon, she connected on her final five and finished 5 of 8 from 3-point land as UMary shot 34.5 percent from beyond the arc. The Bismarck, N.D., native is averaging 8.3 3-pointers per game and is on pace for close to 207 for the season. The last player to finish a season with 200-plus attempted 3-pointers was Schmidt in 2011-12 when she shot 232. Eighty-seven percent of Gillette’s field goals are coming from 3-point land and she was a huge factor in the fourth quarter against Minot State when UMary scored 18 points.

Lexie Schneider came to play: UMary freshman forward Lexie Schneider scored a career-high nine points against the Beavers and is going to be an important player in the Marauders future plans. Schneider came to play against MSU although she does have some things to work on like shooting from deep, the Hilbert, Wis., native had super efficient in 18 minutes of play. Schneider was challenging MSU defenders and beat them off the dribble a few times throughout the game. She also added nine rebounds as UMary won the rebounding battle, 40-39.

Defense on point: I really think UMary’s defense is underrated. The Marauders are sixth in the NSIC in scoring defense and have played at least one less game than every other team in the Top 5 besides Minnesota Duluth. UMary held the Beavers to 35.9 percent from the field and just 23.1 percent from the 3-point line. MSU and leading scorer Kari Clements made plenty of runs to strike back in the game, however, it was UMary’s defense that shut those runs down.

What We Learned: UMary rolls past Yellowstone Christian College, 113-59

The University of Mary women’s basketball team rolled through its first game of the 2018-19 season with a, 113-59 victory over Yellowstone Christian College. Here’s three things we learned from the Marauders hot start.

YCC is not NSIC talent— A lot of great things happened for Rick Neumann’s crew Wednesday night. YCC is nowhere near the talent in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Coference, however, that shouldn’t take away anything from UMary’s first victory. UMary has to show they won’t have trouble with bad teams and that’s exactly what the Marauders did inside the McDowell Activity Center.

UMary has its own big three — Gabbie Bohl, Cassie Askvig and Montana State transfer Coral Gillete is a big three that shouldn’t be taken lightly in the NSIC. Bohl scored her 1,000-career point against the Centurions and finished with a game-high 22 points on 7 of 9 shooting. The junior forward also was hot from the charity stripe and made 8 of 11. Askvig was the MVP of the game in my opinion. She was all over the court. Every big play that happened, Askvig was there. The 6-foot-2 junior finished with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists in 24 minutes. I could watch Gillete shoot and drain 3-pointers in my free time. The 6-foot-0 sophomore is going to make a barrel of 3-pointers this season. Eighteen of her 19 points came beyond the 3-point line and make an impressive 60 percent of them. A big three has been built in Bismarck, N.D., and the NSIC must take notice.

3-point turnaround —UMary is seven seasons removed from one of its most impressive seasons from the 3-point line. The Marauders shot 36.5 percent from beyond the arc in 2012-13 but dipped below 30 percent in 2016-17. However, I could see UMary getting back to its 2012-13 form this season. The Marauders banged home 18 3-pointers against YCC and converted on 50 percent of them including 9 of 16 in the first half. There’s some great shooters on this team. I highly doubt another performance like this will happen this year but one can only hope.

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Gabbie Bohl is ready to deliver a knockout punch to the NSIC

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Gabbie Bohl and the University of Mary say its first action of the 2018-19 season Thursday against South Dakota State at Frost Arena.

The Marauders surrendered a 77-46 loss but a lot of players got some meaningful playing time against a Jackrabbits team that was picked to win the Summit League.

UMary had its final exhibition contest Monday evening against Concordia College (Minn.) and dominated 67-24 before they open up the season on Nov. 14 against Yellowstone Christian College.

“Our team has high expectations to be great this year,” Bohl said a few days after being named the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Preseason Player of the Year said.

“The NSIC is a very competitive conference, so every night will be competitive. That’s why this conference is so fun to play in.”

The Marauders were picked to finish sixth in the preseason coaches’ poll and received one first-place vote but Bohl who averaged 18 points per game, 7.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks believes UMary can finish higher.

“I think we are better than 6th overall,” Bohl admitted. “I hope we can reach the top by the end of the season and (be) playing for the NSIC championship.”

Rick Neumann’s squad finished 13-16 (9-13 North) last season after back-to-back years with 15 wins but UMary brings back its Top 3 scorers and four of its five starters.

However, Neumann is going to have a young bench as 12 of his 17 players are underclassmen.

“Our freshmen coming in are very talented and are quick learners,” Bohl said. “Practices are running very smoothly and they are playing like they have been in the program before so that’s been really exciting.”

This offseason Bohl worked on putting on “more healthy weight” because towards the tail end of the 2017-18 season she felt more tired and weaker.

The junior forward has been consistent at the free throw line during the last two years but her free throw percentage will hopefully improve this year. Bohl is coming off a 68.7 percent free throw performance and made 68.4 percent of the charity stripe shots her freshman season.

Receiving such a high honor before the season starts, Bohl is very humbled and she’s ready to focus on helping the Marauders improve from last season.

It’s an awesome recognition,” she added, “because our conference has a lot of talented players that are just as deserving.”

“There really isn’t a lot of pressure for the fact I don’t think about the honor as a target on my back. It’s more of a motivation to continue to work hard and put in the extra time to be better than the day before.”

The Marauders will have two home games next week before heading to the Western Washington Thanksgiving Classic on Nov. 23-24.

UMary will open up NSIC play at 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 1 against in-state rival Minot State.