Lakers comeback bid falls short against Minot State

Photo Credit to Sean Arbaut- Minot State Athletics
Photo Credit to Sean Arbaut- Minot State Athletics

MINOT, N.D.- Lake Superior State women's basketball fell 75-71 on the road against Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference members Minot State Friday evening.

The Lakers (1-3) held a 12-11 lead after the first quarter, before MSU outscored LSSU 27-20 in the second quarter to take a six-point lead at the half. The Beavers (1-3) shot 45.5 percent from the floor and held an impressive 46.2 percent mark from behind the three-point arc, while limiting the visiting Lakers to 34.5 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from three.

Freshman guard Claire Radtke led the Lakers with 11 points in the first half followed by Natalie Peterson's seven first-half points.

The second half featured better shooting from the Lakers as they worked the ball inside for 20 points in the paint and produced a 46.9 percent shooting mark from the field, but the Beavers were able to hold on to a slim lead to secure the victory.

Five Lakers reached double figures in scoring, including Radtke's team-high 16 points and four assists. Senior guard Mackenzie Edward scored 14 points followed by Rachel Novotny and Peterson each chipping in 12 points and freshman Lexie Khon's 10 points off the bench. Novotny and Khon led the Lakers on the glass with seven rebounds.

The Beavers were led by Diondra Denton's 19 points on eight-of-10 shooting off the bench, followed by Mariah Payne's 17 points and team-leading six assists. Denton and Payne helped the MSU bench outscore the Lakers 39-14.

LSSU closes the weekend road trip at 2 p.m. on Sunday with a game against NSIC member University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., before returning home to face Minnesota-Duluth next Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.