Askvig pours in 45 points in loss to SMSU, White sets assists record in Marauders' win
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Askvig pours in 45 points in loss to SMSU, White sets assists record in Marauders' win

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 School records don’t mean a lot to University of Mary senior forward Cassie Askvig -- unless they're accompanied by wins.

 They mean more to U-Mary senior guard Jaylan White when they include teammates.

  Both enjoyed record-setting nights on Saturday, especially White, who set a school NCAA-era assist record with 12 in a 75-60 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference men’s basketball win over Southwest Minnesota State at the McDowell Activity Center.

“It’s a good accomplishment,” White said. “I’m just glad I get to share it with this group of guys my senior year.”

 But the women’s 91-85 overtime loss to the Mustangs put a damper on Askvig’s record-setting performance.

 “She only got 45 tonight,” Mustangs’ coach Tom Webb said with a laugh. “You just try to hold her (down).”

 One night after surpassing 1,500 career points, Askvig broke the single-game scoring record of 42 points held by Andrea Ronderos on a second-chance jumper that gave U-Mary an 83-81 lead with 1:35 to play. It was part of the six points she scored in overtime, the last of which tied the game at 85-85.

 Askvig also scored the Marauders’ last 12 points in regulation, including the game-tying free throws with 1:17 to play. She tied the school record for free throws made by going 17-for-20.

 All that record talk was lost on Askvig after the tough loss dropped U-Mary to 1-5 since the Christmas break.

 “Tougher than you think,” Askvig said. “Right now, there is not (any pleasure). You want stuff like that to happen when you win. That’s the only time that it ever feels good. I hope in a couple of days I’m happy with that, but right now, no.”

 Askvig finished also had 10 rebounds and drew 14 fouls on the Mustangs.

 “She’s really, really good. She’s one of the best players in the league,” Webb said.

But she wasn’t enough alone. U-Mary’s offensive help came from Lauren Rotunda with 12 points and Macy Williams with 10. As a team, U-Mary made just 3 of 20 3-point shots.

 The Mustangs, on the other hand, were on the attack all night, going straight to the basket. They scored 44 points in the paint, most off the dribble.

 “We tried to be very aggressive,” Webb said. “We were in a lull there where we weren’t a good basketball team … weren’t passing the ball and we got back to that. We have some kids who are pretty aggressive and can shoot the ball a little bit.”

 Sophomore guard Jenna Borchers scored 30 points and junior guard Sadie Stelter added 24 for SMSU. They each had three 3-pointers. Borcher had five assists and was 7-for-7 from the line. The Mustangs made all 12 of their free throws in overtime.

 The lead changed hands five times and the game was tied nine times as both teams were unable to hold leads they worked hard to get. The Mustangs took a 42-41 lead into halftime on Sam Wall’s free throw with 39 seconds left.

 The Marauders led 23-20 after one quarter but Southwest Minnesota State put together a 10-0 run to take its largest lead at 30-23. Askvig, who was 12-for-15 from the free throw line in the first half and had 20 points, keyed a 14-0 run that put U-Mary back on top 37-30 with 5:35 to play.

 Just when it looked like U-Mary had the upper hand, Stelter got hot, scoring eight straight points for SMSU -- she had 17 in the first half -- and tied the game 41-all on a three-point play with 1:47 left.

  Borchers had 17 points at the break.

  The teams exchanged baskets through the third quarter with the Mustangs grabbing the lead on Borcher’s 3-pointer with 1:53 left and keeping it until Askvig tied it three times in the fourth and gave the Marauders the lead at 77-75 with 1:17 left in regulation.

  Abuk Akoi tied the game after two free throws by Askvig to open overtime. Askvig’s bucket with 1:35 to play made it 83-83 but Borchers broke the tie 13 seconds later.

 Coral Gillette missed a 3-pointer for U-Mary and Meleah Reinhart, who had 15 points gave the Mustangs the lead for good with two free throws with 50 seconds left. Askvig tied it once more, but Reinhart and Borchers netted six free throws in the last 13 seconds to seal it.

Four of the last six games between the teams have gone into overtime.

U-MARY 75, SMSU 60

 Twelve was the magic number for the Marauders, who outscored SMSU 48-27 in the second half to put the memories of Friday night’s loss to the University of Sioux Falls in their rearview mirror.

 “We played a good basketball game (Friday) night we just had a bad result,” White said. “We played with a lot more energy.”

 White scored 12 points to go with his record-setting and career-best assist total. So did Glenn Jordan. So did Wyatt Carr. So did Josh Sipes. So did Kade Amundson.

 Lost in all those dozens was U-Mary’s phenomenal 3-point shooting. As a team, the Marauders hit 15 of 30 attempts despite missing several late. Eight of the nine Marauders to see the floor had at least one 3-pointer.

 Even Matt Kreklow got into the act, setting a personal season record with his second after hitting one in each of his first two years and one earlier this year.

 “That’s very cool,” U-Mary coach Joe Kittell said. “A lot of guys are sharing the ball. We had 19 assists on 24 makes. That’s crazy. It was just a lot of fun and a lot of excitement.”

 White had five rebounds and two steals.

 “It was a great game,” White added. “When everyone touches the ball and everyone scores, we’re a good basketball team.”

 The Mustangs came out of the gate fast behind two early 3-points by Nick Dufault. They went up eight points with 15:27 left in the half.

 But the Marauders didn’t stay down long, thanks to its nine first-half 3-pointers by seven different players. Jordan’s 3-pointer with 8:15 left gave the Marauders their first lead at 26-25 and an ensuing steal and breakaway layup by Jordan made it 28-25.

Amundson and Sips followed with back-to-back 3-pointers that led to a 36-25 lead.

 Southwest Minnesota State got the deficit down to 37-33 by halftime.

 Carr and Kreklow drained quick threes in the second half to get things started and they never really stopped. There was a momentary lull when Dufault scored eight of his 16 points in a span of a minute to pull the Mustangs within 60-52 with 6:34 remaining.

 Carr followed with a pair of free throws and White and Amundson hit successive 3-pointers to restore order.

 The win broke a U-Mary’s four-game losing streak against SMSU.  

 “The ball went where it needed to go, to the open guy. That’s the sign of a team that cares about each other. They don’t care who gets the shot or the credit, they just want to score and win basketball games," Kittell said. "I don’t know if anybody has had any more fun than we did playing basketball tonight.”

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