Mankato, Minn. — #6 Minnesota State remains undefeated and is looking to extend its winning streak this weekend in the NSIC South Division game, which features Augustana on Friday at 5 p.m. and Wayne State on Saturday at 5 p.m
Last time: Last week, the Mavericks extended their winning streak to seven when they recorded two conference wins. MSU last visited Winona State, winning 88-69 before beating Upper Iowa 83-54 at home.
Statistics package: As a team, Minnesota State averages 84.0 points, 45.0 rebounds, 16.6 assists, 2.0 blocks, and 17.0 steals per game.
Outlook for the pre-season: The Mavericks are selected to place first in the NSIC Preseason Coaches’ Poll for a total of 216 points and eight first place votes.
Minnesota State Junior Joey Batt scored 31 points in MSU’s 80-71 win over UW-Parkside. This made Batt the 23rd member of the Minnesota State 1,000 Point Club. Batt ranks 22nd all-time in the state of Minnesota with 1,007 career points.
NSIC’s Player of the Week: student in the first year Natalie Bremer was named NSIC South Division Player of the Week (12/5/2022) for her performance in MSU’s two wins over Winona State and Upper Iowa last week. Bremer averaged 20 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals in two Maverick wins. Natalie scored 21 points while shooting 8-of-13 from the field, including a 3-of-7 showing from the 3-point line against Winona State. In her first start of the season, Bremer had 19 points, six rebounds and three steals against Upper Iowa.
History of the State of Minnesota: The 2022-23 season marks the 58th season in the history of Minnesota State’s women’s basketball program, dating back to 1966. During that span, the Mavericks own a record of 783-649 (.546).
Returning Mavericks: The Minnesota State women’s basketball team welcomes nine players and two starters from last year’s team. Junior Joey Batt started all 28 games and averaged 15.5 points per game, had 72 steals and averaged 3.4 rebounds as a junior Taylor Theusch started in 21 games and averaged 8.6 points per game and 1.5 rebounds. second grader Destinee Bursch played in all 28 games and averaged 11.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game.
Fresh Faces: The Mavericks welcome six freshmen for the 2022-2023 season. Natalie Bremer from Lake City, Minnesota, Delaynie Luneckas from Iowa City, Iowa., Hannah Herzig from Lino Lakes, Minnesota, Mackenzie Swine from Mankato, Minnesota, Lilly Nuytten from Hastings, Minnesota, and last Ava bull from Waconia, Minn.
Walk on the sidelines: head coach Emile Thiesse is in her 11th season at the top. She has an overall record of 177-106 (.625), including three NCAA tournament appearances in the 2012-13, 2014-15, and 2021-22 seasons. In NSIC games, she owns a career record of 131-80 (.620).
Player to watch: Junior Joey Batt was named MSU’s Player to Watch. Batt started and played in all 28 games and was named 1st Team All-NSIC. They, the Mavericks, ranked first in NSIC’s attacking ranks, averaging 15.5 points per game. Second in the NSIC for a free throw percentage of 81.9% and with 32 points against Concordia-St. Paul (11/23/21). First in the NSIC and 12th in the nation on an assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.31. Second in NSIC in steals with 67 averaging 2.6 per game and 94 rebounds averaging 3.4. In the first round of the NCAA tournament, she led the Mavericks in scoring in the NCAA tournament against Fort Hays by 21. Named to the NSIC All-Academic Team of Excellence.
About Augustana: The Vikings are part of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and hold a record of 7-1 (2-1 NSIC). The team is coached by Dave Krauth, who is in his 34th season as head coach.
The Vikings are averaging 79.1 points and 40.5 rebounds per game this season.
Ainslinn Duffy leads the Vikings with 18.4 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. Lauren Sees averages 14.8 points and 3.0 rebounds per game.
Friday’s game marks the 85th meeting between the teams. The last match between the Mavericks and the Vikings was on February 12, 2022, where the State of Minnesota prevailed 80-72 at the Taylor Center. The Vikings lead the eternal series 52-32.
About Wayne State: The Wildcats are part of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and hold a record of 6-1 (2-1 NSIC). The team is coached by Brent Pollari, who is in his fifth season as a wildcat.
The Wildcats average 78.9 points and 37.1 rebounds per game.
Lauren Zacharias leads the Wildcats with an average of 18.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Kassidy Pingel averages 10.6 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.
Saturday’s game marks the 35th meeting between the two sides. The last game between the Mavericks and the Wildcats was on February 11, 2022, where the state of Minnesota won 95-58 at home. The Wildcats lead the all-time streak 20-14.
coming: The state of Minnesota will continue its NSIC road schedule toward Sioux Falls on Friday, December 16 at 5:30 p.m. and the state of Southwest Minnesota on Saturday, December 16 at 3:30 p.m