After a shaky start Saturday afternoon, Coral Gillette did not want to shoot.
Rick Neumann, University of Mary women's basketball coach, wasn't having any of that from his Division I transfer, however.
Gillette, the former Bismarck High star, listened to her coach and it turned to gold for the Marauders.
Gillette buried a 3-pointer on the final play of the first half and went on to sink four more over the second 20 minutes as the Marauders defeated Minot State 64-58 in their Northern Sun opener at the McDowell Activity Center.
"Coming out of that timeout at the end of the first half she looked at Jordyn Jossart and said, 'You take the shot.' I looked at her and said, 'Are you kidding me?'" Neumann said. "I told her, 'You shoot it, you'll make it and then you'll come out and have a great second half,' and for once the coach was right."
Gillette scored 15 of her team-high 18 points in the second half for the Marauders who got off to a much-desired 1-0 NSIC start.
"I came out and was taking some selfish shots and that got me out of rhythm," Gillette said. "In the second half we emphasized moving the ball, making the extra pass and that's what we did."
Gillette, a transfer from Montana State, knocked down four second-half triples in the back-and-forth affair.
"It's exciting coming and playing a game like that against our rival," Gillette said. "My teammates were making some great passes and I just needed to knock down the shots."
The Marauders' 18-point fourth quarter was their best of the game.
"That's a typical rivalry game, right? Nothing came easy for either team," Neumann said. "It wasn't exactly the prettiest game from an aesthetic standpoint but to win a championship in the Northern Sun you gotta be good in the 60s and we made just enough plays in the last four minutes to pull it out."
Gabbie Bohl scored the first six points of the game for the Marauders, who led 9-0 early. Bohl posted a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Macy Williams totaled eight points, four assists and two steals for the Marauders, who have two more home NSIC games next weekend, starting Friday against St. Cloud State.
"It's important we got that first win and hopefully we can get to the top of the conference leaderboard," Gillette said.
They are for now.
"We've haven't been 1-0, I think, since Gabbie and Cassie (Askvig) were freshmen, so it's very nice to get off on the right foot," Neumann said. "We're tied for first place, baby."