Big Finishes Lead to MSUB Men and Women Wins - KULR8.com | Montana's News Leader | Billings, MT

Big Finishes Lead to MSUB Men and Women Wins

Posted: Updated:

The MSUB offensive was working for the Yellowjackets with Rylee Kane pouring in a career-high 25 points and Tiana Hanson just short of her career-best with 23 as MSUB survived a barrage of 3-pointers to defeat Western Oregon 74-67 in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference game Saturday at Alterowitz.
 
The Wolves made 15 3-point baskets on 31 attempts (48.4 percent), the most in a GNAC game this season and just two short of the all-time record of 17 by Seattle Pacific (2007) and Central Washington (2012).
 
WOU's Shelby Snook had eight 3-pointers on 15 attempts, the most in the conference this year, as the junior finished with a game-high 30 points. Jasmine Miller was 3 for 3 from long range with 16 points and Sydney Azorr had two 3-point baskets and 11 points.
 
While the MSUB defense struggled on the outside against Western Oregon, the Yellowjackets did force 20 turnovers converting those to 25 points while maintaining good ball control with just seven of their own turnovers.
 
Lexi Prevost had three steals in the game with 10 points and a team-high five assists.

Jeanann Lemelin took a charge for MSUB under the WOU hoop.

Hanson completed a double-double for MSUB with 11 rebounds. After a perfect 10 for 10 from the free-throw line in the win against Concordia Portland on Thursday, Hanson made it 19 straight, going 9 for 9 from the charity stripe Saturday. Against CU, MSUB was 23 for 24 from the free-throw line and was again over 80 percent on the night, finishing 13 of 16 shots against WOU.
 
The Wolves were even with MSU Billings in overall shooting percentage from the field, but struggled from the free-throw line at 8 for 14.
 
The Yellowjackets were solid from the outside with seven 3-pointers and outscored the Wolves 36-12 in the paint.
 
With the win, Montana State Billings improves to 6-10 overall and 3-5 in the GNAC. Western Oregon falls to 6-9 and 2-6 in GNAC action.
 
"I am very excited for our team to get the second win this week," MSUB head coach Kevin Woodin said. "I thought we had a good week of practice to finish with the two victories. Tonight. I thought we had good offensive flow and limited our turnovers. We also had a good combination of inside to outside scoring."
 
"I thought Rylee was very aggressive offensively for us," Woodin continued. "Tiana was also very solid and had some key free-throws down the stretch. I am proud of how everyone competed tonight. We got some good play off the bench from our freshmen. Brina also hit several needed 3-pointers."
 
The first half was punctuated with short runs by MSUB followed by a 3-pointer that just kept the Wolves within reach. The 'Jackets earned their double-digit lead on a jump shot by Hanson, 35-25, with three minutes remaining in the half. WOU closed the gap on a 3-pointer from Launia Davis and a jump shot by Miller. After a MSUB timeout, Kane rolled off a screen to drive to the hoop, finishing with a layup for the 7-point lead at half-time.
 
"I was pleased with our first half effort," Woodin said. "We let Western Oregon slice our lead down to one point, 41-40, but I thought we recovered well on both ends of the court. Shelby shot lights out tonight against us and had a very good game."
 
A 3-pointer from Snook and a layup from Azorr closed the MSUB lead down to 41-40 with 6:36 remaining in the third period. The Yellowjackets recovered their offensive firepower with an 11-0 run to give the team their largest lead of the game at 12 points, 52-40.
 
Snook had a trio of 3-pointers in the final 44 seconds, but it wasn't enough as from the free-throw line Hanson was 4 for 4 and Hull 2 for 2 in the last 40 seconds to ice the game.
 
Hull finished 2 for 3 from outside and had eight points. Freshmen Taylor Cunningham had an outside shot and Jeanann Lemelin gave the team quality minutes taking a charge on a runaway layup. Junior Grace Weeks led the team in rebounds with six and had one assist and a steal.

  • College SportsMore>>

  • Carroll Men's Soccer Hosts Exhibition Match

    Carroll Men's Soccer Hosts Exhibition Match

    Thursday, August 17 2017 12:38 AM EDT2017-08-17 04:38:04 GMT

    Carroll College Fighting Saints men's soccer hosted the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns for an exhibition match today. 

    Carroll College Fighting Saints men's soccer hosted the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns for an exhibition match today at Nelson Stadium. 

  • University of Providence Men's Soccer Tests Out New Tracking Sensors

    University of Providence Men's Soccer Tests Out New Tracking Sensors

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 11:34 PM EDT2017-08-17 03:34:51 GMT

    The University of Providence men's soccer team is sporting a cropped vest with a small device inside called the Titan GPS Sensor. The device uses 18-30 satellites to track athletes' movements during practices and games. 

    The University of Providence men's soccer team is sporting a cropped vest with a small device inside called the Titan GPS Sensor. The device uses 18-30 satellites to track athletes' movements during practices and games. 

  • Northern Volleyball Getting Ready for Season Under New Coach

    Northern Volleyball Getting Ready for Season Under New Coach

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 10:04 PM EDT2017-08-17 02:04:50 GMT

    Rose Obunaga, MSU-Northern's new head volleyball coach, is getting to know her team fast. Obunaga says she arrived in Havre in mid July. Last season, Northern finished 6-16 overall, 5-7 in the Frontier Conference play and took 5th in the conference tournament last season.

    Rose Obunaga, MSU-Northern's new head volleyball coach, is getting to know her team fast. Obunaga says she arrived in Havre in mid July. Last season, Northern finished 6-16 overall, 5-7 in the Frontier Conference play and took 5th in the conference tournament last season.

  • College SportsCollegeMore>>

  • Jake Browning named to Manning Award watch list

    Jake Browning named to Manning Award watch list

    Courtesy: Washington AthleticsCourtesy: Washington Athletics

    Browning was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year and finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy voting after passing for 3,430 yards and a Pac-12, record-tying 43 touchdowns in 2016.

    Browning was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year and finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy voting after passing for 3,430 yards and a Pac-12, record-tying 43 touchdowns in 2016.

  • Vandals QB Linehan named to Manning Award watch list

    Vandals QB Linehan named to Manning Award watch list

    Courtesy: Idaho AthleticsCourtesy: Idaho Athletics

    Linehan threw for 3,184 yards and 19 touchdowns as a junior, earning second-team All-Sun Belt honors. He also went on to capture the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Most Valuable Player award, after leading the Vandals to a win over Colorado State.

    Linehan threw for 3,184 yards and 19 touchdowns as a junior, earning second-team All-Sun Belt honors. He also went on to capture the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Most Valuable Player award, after leading the Vandals to a win over Colorado State.

  • Luke Falk named to Manning Award watch list

    Luke Falk named to Manning Award watch list

    Courtesy: Washington State AthleticsCourtesy: Washington State Athletics

    Falk, a redshirt-senior, was also finalist for the Johnny Unitas Award and a semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien Award and Maxwell Award last season after throwing for the third-most yards in the country (4,468) and tying his own school-record with 38 touchdown passes.

    Falk, a redshirt-senior, was also finalist for the Johnny Unitas Award and a semifinalist for the Davey O'Brien Award and Maxwell Award last season after throwing for the third-most yards in the country (4,468) and tying his own school-record with 38 touchdown passes.