No. 12 Mavericks continue road trip against Northern State and MSU Moorhead – Minnesota State University

Mankato, Minn. — #12 Minnesota State travels to Aberdeen, SD this weekend to face Northern State on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and to Moorhead, Minnesota for NSIC action on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. against MSU Moorhead.

Last time: The Mavericks won 2-0 last weekend against Minnesota Crookston (85-50) and on Saturday in Bemidji State (90-48).

About Northern State: Wolves are 10-8 (5-7 NSIC) and are coached by Paula Krueger, who is in her fifth season as head coach.

Northern State is averaging 64.3 points and 39.0 rebounds per game this season while shooting .395 from the field.

Kailee Oliverson leads Wolves with 12.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. Laurie Rogers averages 11.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.

Friday’s game marks the 26th meeting between the teams. The last game between the Mavericks and the Wolves was on January 29, 2022, where Minnesota State prevailed 85-76 at home. Wolves lead the all-time streak 13-12.

About MSU Moorhead: The Dragons are 8-8 (5-7 NSIC) and are coached by Karla Nelson, who is in her 23rd season as head coach.

MSU Moorhead is averaging 63.3 points and 39.1 rebounds per game this season while shooting .407 from the field.

Natalie Jens leads the Dragons with 14.9 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Mariah McKeever averages 14.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.

Saturday’s game marks the 46th meeting between the teams. The last game between the Mavericks and the Dragons was on January 28, 2022, where Minnesota State prevailed 84-70 at home. The Mavericks lead the all-time streak 27-18.

Statistics package: As a team, Minnesota State averages 85.4 points, 41.8 rebounds, 16.4 assists, 2.3 blocks, and 17.3 steals per game. Junior Joey Batt averages 17.1 points, in its second year Destinee Bursch an average of 15.1 points per game per freshman Natalie Bremer an average of 13.9 points 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.

1,000 career points: 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, who ranks 14th on Minnesota State’s all-time top scorer list with 1,195 points, behind Mary Manderfield, who ranks 13th with 1,213 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. Bremer averaged 20 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals in two Maverick wins. Bremer scored 21 points while shooting 8-of-13 from the field, including a 3-of-7 that showed from the three-point line against Winona State. In her first start of the season, Bremer had 19 points, six rebounds and three steals against Upper Iowa.

Minnesota State Junior Joey Batt was named NSIC South Division Player of the Week for their efforts against Augustana and Wayne State (12/12/22). Batt averaged 17.5 points, 5.0 assists, 4.0 steals and 3.0 rebounds in MSU’s two wins while shooting 56.0% from the field. Batt had 20 points and five assists against Augustana before 15 points, five assists and five steals against Wayne State.

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 793-653 (.548).

Walk on the sidelines: head coach Emile Thiesse is in her 11th season at the helm of MSU Women’s Basketball. She has an overall record of 184-108 (.630), including three NCAA tournament appearances in the 2012-13, 2014-15, and 2021-22 seasons. In NSIC games, she owns a career record of 134-81 (.623).

Nationally spoken: Statistically, the Mavericks rank in several national categories, including:

Rank category overall

1. Steals per game 17.3
2. Sales margin 11.88
5. Scoring Offenses 85.4
17. Win Ratio 87.5
21. Assists per Game 16.4
21. Assist Turnover Ratio 1.14
48. Turnover per game 14.4

Individually, the following Mavericks make the nation’s top-25:

Rank Name Category Overall

43.. Taylor Theusch (assistance to sales ratio) 2.2
3. Joey Batt (steals per game) 3.50
4. Joey Batt (steals) 56

Home Sweet Home: For the past four years, the Mavericks have played within the friendly confines of the Taylor Center with a 35-7 (.83) win ratio.

In the polls: The Mavericks have been ranked in every WBCA poll this year, even peaking at No. 4 on December 13.

coming: Minnesota State continues its NSIC schedule at home against the University of Mary on Friday, January 27 at 7:30 p.m. and Minot State on Saturday, January 28 at 5:30 p.m


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