MAYVILLE, N.D. – Four players scored in double figures to lead Mayville State University to a 77-48 win over the Waldorf University women's basketball team during Saturday's North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) contest.
The Comets (14-11, 8-7) turned in a 48.4-percent shooting performance, going 30-of-62 from the field and 9-of-21 (42.9 percent) from 3-point range. They limited the Warriors (2-24, 0-14) to a 17-of-52 (32.7-percent) effort from the floor and 7-of-18 (38.9-percent) finish behind the arc.
Mayville State converted on 8-of-12 (66.7 percent) trips to the free-throw line and the Warriors knocked down 7-of-11 (63.6 percent) attempts at the charity stripe.
The Comets outrebounded Waldorf 41-27 and claimed a 9-3 advantage on the offensive boards to secure an 8-5 edge in second-chance points. Mayville State collected 12 steals and generated a 23-6 advantage in points off turnovers while forcing the Warriors to commit 17 turnovers. The Comets turned the ball over 13 times.
Fricke handed out three assists while shooting 4-of-10 (40 percent) from the field and 2-of-5 (40 percent) from the perimeter. Straight, who came away with five rebounds and three steals, also shot 40 percent as she finished 4-of-10 from the floor and 2-of-4 (50 percent) from downtown.
Junior Peyton Russell and sophomore Meriel Leavy provided eight points each for the Warriors. Russell also contributed three assists. Freshman Nichole Oberthien scored five points. Sophomore Ameh Ogbemudia closed out the game with four points and blocked three shots. Redshirt freshman Angie Gore finished with three points, a team-high six boards, three assists, two blocks and two steals.
Andi Gayner paced the Comets with a double-double, posting game-highs with 18 points and 10 rebounds. She went 46.7 percent from the field on 7-of-15 shooting, hitting her only 3-point attempt. Gayner added three assists and three steals.
Mayville State's Karleigh Weber notched 17 points, shooting 77.8 percent as she went 7-of-9 from the floor and 3-of-3 from 3-pointland. Weber ended the game with three assists and two steals.
Andrea Skillingstad chipped in 14 points and three blocks for the Comets, coming off the bench to drop in 6-of-7 (85.7 percent) attempts from the field.
Naomi Torgerson finished with 13 points for Mayville State. Torgerson sank 5-of-9 (55.6 percent) shots from the floor and went 2-of-3 (66.7 percent) behind the arc. Claire Blascziek led the Comets with a game-high four assists. Sydney Gangl and Cyan Hale contributed two assists apiece.
Mayville State owned a four-point advantage after scoring the first two baskets of the game. The Warriors responded and held a 13-9 lead with 2 minutes, 13 seconds to go in a first quarter that featured six lead changes. However, the Comets closed out the opening quarter with an 8-0 run to claim a 17-13 lead.
A put-back by Leavy pulled Waldorf back within two points during the opening possession of the second quarter. That's all the closer the Warriors would get as Mayville State went in front by as many as 17 points while limiting Waldorf to 10 second-quarter points and building a 39-23 halftime advantage.
The Comets outscored the Warriors 38-25 in the second half. They led 56-33 at the end of the third quarter stretched their lead to 33 points as they continued to pull away in the fourth quarter.
Waldorf closes out NSAA play and the regular season next weekend, hosting two conference matchups. The Warriors entertain Viterbo University (2-27, 1-14) on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and welcome Bellevue University (14-14, 7-7) to Hanson Fieldhouse for Saturday's 3 p.m. tipoff.