SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The Augustana women’s and men’s basketball teams have just four regular-season home games remaining with two of them this weekend. The Vikings welcome Minot State and UMary to the Sanford Pentagon.
Friday’s contest is a matchup with Minot State at 5:30 p.m. for the women and 7:30 p.m. for the men. Saturday’s game against UMary is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday’s doubleheader is the Viking Kid’s Club Day where a lucky fan will have a chance to win five grand by making a half-court shot.
The Minot State women own a 4-14 overall record while sitting 1-13 in NSIC action. The lone NSIC victory came last weekend in a 72-65 win at Bemidji State. Mariah Payne is the lone Beaver in double-figure scoring at 18.5 points per game, a mark that ranks third in the NSIC. Minot State tallies 62.1 points per game while giving up 70.7 points to its opponents.
The Series: Augustana leads 10-1
The Beaver men are 9-11 overall and 3-11 in NSIC action. Minot State opened the season with six-straight victories before dropping 11-straight contests. A three-game winning streak brings MSU to the Sanford Pentagon. The Beavers place three in double-figure scoring led by Kyle Beisch at 18.9 points per game. That ranks seventh in the NSIC. Minot State averages 71.8 points per game and gives up 69.5.
Series Record - Augustana leads, 5-3
The UMary women own a 14-9 overall record while holding an 8-6 mark in NSIC action. The Marauders ended a brief three-game skid with a weekend sweep last weekend at Minnesota Crookston and Bemidji State. Cassie Askvig is the NSIC’s leading scorer with an average of 21.5 points per outing. She is joined by Lauren Rotunda and Lexie Schneider at 12.2 and 10.7 points per game, respectively. UMary tallies 74 points per game while holding teams to 64.9 points.
The Series: Augustana leads 14-4
The Marauder men hold an even 10-10 record overall while going 5-9 in NSIC play. Over its last five games, UMary holds a 3-2 mark including a split last weekend with a three-point loss at Minnesota Crookston and a one-point victory at Bemidji State. Matthew Kreklow leads UMary with 14.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per outing. As a team, the Marauders score 69.4 points per game while giving up 67.8.
Series Record - Augustana leads, 13-5
Augustana women enter with an 11-7 overall record and is 7-7 in the NSIC. The Vikings split last weekend between Concordia-St. Paul and Minnesota State. At CSP, Augie turned a halftime deficit into a 13-point victory while dropping a one-point contest at Minnesota State. Redshirt freshman Aislinn Duffy had arguably the best weekend of her young career, averaging 11.5 points and seven rebounds over the two games.
Senior Abby Hora is the Vikings’ active leading scorer at 12.1 points per game while freshman Lauren Sees tallies 10.6 points per game. Senior Hana Beyer is the team’s leading rebounder at 5.7 rebounds per game.
Augustana men are 12-8 on the season and 7-7 in NSIC action after splitting last weekend with a win over Concordia-St. Paul and falling at Minnesota State. Sophomore Dylan LeBrun had a standout weekend averaging 16.5 points over the two games. Fellow sophomore Matt Todd tallied his second 30-point performance of the season when he scored 30 at Minnesota State.
For the year, Tyler Riemersma averages a double-double of 13.3 points and 10.1 rebounds per outing. Those numbers increase to team-highs of 15.1 points and 10.8 rebounds in NSIC contests. Todd is the team’s leader in points per game at 13.8 while LeBrun averages 10.8 per outing. The Vikings score 80.5 points per game while giving up 73.8.
One Last Thing
Hannah Mitby has come on strong over the past seven games, averaging a team-best 14.4 points on 41.4 percent shooting. The junior has started six of those games and the Vikings have gone 5-2 over the stretch. Over the first 11 games of the season, Mitby averaged 4.9 points per contest, a mark that ranked sixth on the team.
Sophomore Matt Todd now owns two 30-point games this season. He is the only Viking on the roster to have a pair of games hitting the 30-point plateau while Isaac Fink and Matt Cartwright have a single game at the mark in their career. The last time the Vikings had a single player with multiple 30-point games on their resume was at the end of the 2017-18 season with Jordan Spencer owning four games and John Warren totaling two games.