Women’s game goes into OT
Regulation was not enough to decide a winner in Wednesday night’s women’s GPAC basketball matchup between Northwestern and the 24th-ranked Mount Marty Lancers. The Lancers outscored NW in overtime 21-12 to leave Orange City with an important 101-92 win.
The back-and-forth game saw eight ties and 11 lead changes in this fast-paced affair. However, the Red Raiders were never able to take complete control of the contest, largely in part to Mount Marty hitting 16 three pointers throughout the matchup.
Despite the loss, freshman Kassidy De Jong turned in a double-double on the evening, pouring in 32 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Sophomore Paige Danner netted a career-high 18 points while sophomore Renee Maneman chipped in 15 points to round out the double-figure scorers for the Red Raiders. Maneman also contributed a game-high six assists on the night.
NW connected on 45% of their field goals, but it was not enough to upset the Lancers, who seemed to hit three after three in the game.
The loss drops NW into a tie for seventh place in the GPAC standings with the College of Saint Mary—each with 9-10 records—heading into the final stretch of conference play.
Raider men cruise
The NW men’s basketball team used an 18-0 run late in the first half to separate themselves from Mount Marty en route to a 94-50 GPAC conference win.
Sophomore Colton Kooima tallied a game-high 29 points with an efficient 12-of-16 shooting for the Red Raiders, who move into seventh place in the GPAC standings. Junior Mading Thok and junior Jordan Baker each had 13 on the night for NW as they completed the season sweep of the Lancers.
NW was led on the boards by senior Bryce Moss’s eight rebounds, followed by Baker’s seven rebounds. Overall, NW out-rebounded Mount Marty 48-24.
Freshman Jaxon Heinz finished with a game-high five assists, while Kooima added four assists.
This proved to be a stat-stuffing game for NW, who finished the night shooting a blistering 63% from the field, including 41% from beyond the arc. Ten Red Raiders scored on the night, largely in part to NW’s 18 total assists. Every player on the squad saw at least nine minutes on the court.
The NW men’s and women’s basketball teams will travel to Concordia on Feb. 13, before hitting the road again on Feb. 17 vs. Dakota Wesleyan.