MSU Basketball Roundup

Outside shooting carries Mustangs to season-opening win

Junior guard Kristin Rydell led four players in double figures with 15 points on a career-best five three-pointers to lead Midwestern State to a season-opening 72-55 win over Adams State (Colo.) at the Ashbrook Classic Friday evening at D.L. Ligon Coliseum.

Midwestern State knocked down 12 three-pointers on the night to tie for the third most triples in a single game in program history.

Rydell connected on her first three treys to help Midwestern State open up a 14-7 lead less than five minutes into the game. The Mustangs knocked down 5-of-8 from behind the arc in the period as junior guard Whitney Taylor and sophomore guard Anni School also connected from deep to help the Mustangs to a 20-14 advantage over Adams State (0-2) after one quarter.

The Mustangs stretched their lead to double figures at 10 following a layup by freshman forward Liz Cathcart at the 8:05 mark in the second for a 28-18 lead. A three ball for Taylor midway through the period gave the Mustangs their largest lead of the half at 15 before taking a 39-28 advantage into the locker room.

Midwestern was held to just one field goal in the first five minutes of the third period before a Taylor triple stretched the MSU lead back out to 10 at 47-37.

The Grizzlies pulled within singles digits on a pair of occasions in the third quarter but Midwestern began to pull away in the latter part of the game with a Rydell three-pointer giving the Maroon and Gold their largest lead of the contest at 72-51 with just over a minute to play.

Mustangs work overtime to tame 23rd-ranked Lions

Midwestern State dodged a bullet when Seth Youngblood's apparent game winning shot didn't actually beat the buzzer Friday night at the Claremore Expo Center.
The Mustangs cashed in with a pair of clutch 3-pointers by Brandon Neel and Sheldon Hagigal in the overtime period to come away with an 83-80 win over 23rd-ranked Arkansas-Fort Smith.
It was the sixth consecutive season opening win for Midwestern State, which takes on host Rogers State (Okla.) in the conference challenge tournament Saturday at the Claremore Expo Center. Tipoff is set for 4 p.m.
Neel's only triple of the night gave the Mustangs a 76-74 edge in overtime, but the Lions would claw back to take a one-point lead with 58 seconds to play
Hagigal, who finished with 18 points off of the bench, drained a triple on MSU's next possession allowing the Mustangs to surge ahead for a final time.
Midwestern rebounded from an off-shooting first half to fire in 57.1 percent of its shots in the second half to over an 8-point first half deficit.
The Mustangs never led by more than three points at any spot in the game allowing Arkansas-Fort Smith to get the last crack in regulation, but Youngblood's shot was ruled late after review sending the game to overtime.
MSU junior guard Devante Pullum connected on 6-of-13 shots including three triples to match Hagigal with game-high honors with 18 points and six assists.
Junior Igor Ibaka added 16 points and six rebounds highlighted by a big dunk with a minute left in regulation, while junior guard Brandon Neel added 13 points and three boards.
Youngblood paced UAFS with 16 points and nine rebounds on 5-of-14 shooting with nine rebounds as the Lions dropped to 2-2.