Fast start propels U-Mary past DSU

Fast start propels U-Mary past DSU

The University of Mary used a fast start to post their second victory in three days at the McDowell Activity Center.

The Marauders scored the game’s first 13 points and never looked back en route to a 78-52 victory over former conference rival Dickinson State on Thursday night at the MAC.

Cassie Askvig had a big game for the Marauders, who improved to 4-3 with the victory. The 6-foot-2 senior forward from Minot led four players in double figures with a game-high 22 points for U-Mary. Askvig hit 10 of 15 shots from the field, including 2-for-5 from 3-point range, and finished with seven rebounds and four assists.

After sprinting out to a 13-0 lead, the Marauders held a 10-point lead (18-8) after one quarter and built a 28-11 lead early in the second. The game was never tied and the Marauders never trailed.

Coral Gillette added 18 points for U-Mary. The junior from Bismarck sank 7 of 14 shots from the field – including 4 from 3-point range – and finished with three rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Lexie Schneider finished just one rebound shy of a double-double. The 6-3 sophomore forward from Hilbert, Wis., had a game-high nine rebounds to go along with 16 points – hitting all seven of her field-goal attempts.

Lauren Rotunda, a junior from Fargo Shanley, ended with 10 points, four rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocked shots.

The Marauders shot 59.3 percent from the field – 32 for 54 – and outrebounded the Blue Hawks 34-24.

Macy Williams had a career-high 10 assists for the Marauders, who had 27 assists on their 32 field goals in the contest.

Askvig hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give U-Mary a 41-25 halftime advantage and the Marauders built a 20-point lead in the third quarter.

The Marauders scored 27 points off turnovers and outscored DSU 48-10 in the paint.

Sydney Clark finished with 11 points and Ashlie Larson 10 to lead the Blue Hawks. Dickinson State (0-2) connected on 10 of 31 3-point attempts – with seven different players hitting from long range – but connected on just 19 of 51 shots from the field in the contest (37.3 percent).

The Marauders will host another former conference foe on Saturday when they take on Mayville State at 6 p.m. at the MAC.

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