NDSU Weekend Round Up
Published: Thursday, February 20, 2014
Updated: Thursday, February 20, 2014 10:02
The NDSU sports department had a full plate of events away from Fargo over Valentine’s Day weekend.
The woman’s softball team traveled to Tallahassee, Fla., to play in the Florida State University Classic. On Friday, NDSU played Southern Miss and won 1-0 behind a gem thrown by Krista Menke. The Bison’s lone run came on an RBI single by Cheyenne Garcia that scored Alex Sobrero. Their next game against Hofstra was cancelled. They then lost their next four games of the tournament.
The first game against Florida State was theirs to win. NDSU was up 1-0 heading into the sixth inning until FSU rallied with four runs. With two outs and the bases loaded, the ‘Noles scored on a wild pitch before finally getting Victoria East’s two-run double that provided the insurance. NDSU then lost to Southern Miss 6-7.
The Bison failed to score a run in their last two games, going against the buzz saw that was Lacey Waldrop of FSU, losing 0-9 and 0-5. They were no hit in the first game by the combo of Waldrop and Bailey Schinella. The second game, NDSU was shut out again, with Waldrop going seven strong innings with 10 strikeouts. They are back in action Friday morning, participating in the University of Houston Invitational with their first game against Nicholls State in Houston, TX.
The Bison wrestling team went 1-2 in Columbus, Ohio at the National Duels. They secured their win over No. 19 Chattanooga, 28-10, with strong showings by Justin LaValle, Steven Monk, Tyler Lehmann, Tyler Diamond, Hayden Zillmer and Kurtis Johnson. However, they lost their match in the quarterfinals 35-3 to No. 1 Minnesota. The Golden Gophers won their first five matches.
The Gophers featured eight top-10 ranked wrestlers. Monk was the only one to score points for the Bison with an 8-5 decision that gave him his 19th straight win of the year. Oregon State beat the Bison 23-14 on President’s Day despite the Bison winning three straight weight classes. Steven Monk continued his phenomenal year, moving to 27-1. They are in action on Friday at home against the Wyoming Cowboys.
The Bison men’s basketball team had a good weekend, continuing their torrid start to conference play with a 75-59 win over the Omaha Mavericks. With that one, they now have won nine out of their last 10. After starting out 3-3, they have now gone 17-3 in their last 20 games to move to 20-6 on the year and 9-2 in the conference. Taylor Braun’s career game propelled the Bison past the Mavs.
Braun filled up the stat sheet with 31 points, 15 rebounds, five assists and one steal. This marked the fourth time that Braun crossed the 30-point threshold this season. They are now 3-1 in games when Braun goes over 30. The story of the game was the defense by the Bison. They stifled the Mavericks into shooting an abysmal 31.7 percent only connecting on 19 of their attempted 60 shots. Senior John Karhoff led Omaha with 16 points, four rebounds and four assists.
Junior guard Lawrence Alexander pitched in an all-around effort, posting 11 points, five rebounds and three assists. The Bison are back on the court at home Saturday in the rivalry game against South Dakota State.