COMETS SPLIT THE WEEKEND
The Mayville State Women’s Basketball team hosted two of the top NSAA teams this past weekend at the Lewy Lee Fieldhouse. The Comets took on Dakota State, who came in with a 2-1 conference record and also receiving votes for the NAIA Top 25 National Poll. On Saturday they played The Bellevue Bruins, who came into their game with the Comets, with a perfect 4-0 NSAA record so far this year. The Comets were able to gain a split on the weekend. They lost a heart breaking overtime thriller to Dakota State 58-56, but then showed great resiliency on Saturday and bounced back with a convincing 79-56 win over Bellevue. After the home weekend the Comets are tied with both Dakota State and Bellevue a top the NSAA, all three teams have 4-1 NSAA records. With the split the Comets overall record is now at 12-4 on the year. Here is a recap of both games.
DAKOTA STATE 58
MAYVILLE STATE 56
Mayville State and Dakota State have won the past four NSAA Championships. This game was a very defensive oriented game from the start. Neither team could really muster very much offensively. Both teams shot well below their averages for the season, that is a testament to the solid defensive play at both ends of the floor. The game did not lack any drama though. The Comets got down by as much as 13 in fourth quarter 42-29 with just under 7:00 remaining in the game. The Comets went cold offensively in the second half and went over 10:00 without scoring a point. Their solid defensive effort is what kept them in the game. Erin Walcker hit a big three in the final minute of regulation to keep the game close and then Jes Mertens hit the big three pointer at the buzzer to tie the game and send the game into overtime. With the score tied 50-50 we went into overtime. Dakota State outscored the Comets 8-6 and went on to win a thriller 58-56 in overtime. The Comets had three players finish the game in double digits. Jordan Zrust had a game high 13 points followed by Mackenzie Hughes with 12 points and Erin Walcker finished with 10 points to pace the Comets. Zrust had a game high 11 rebounds to finish the game with another double double. Jes Mertens grabbed eight rebounds for the Comets as well. Mertens also had five steals for the Comets. Hughes dished out three assists for the game. The Comets shot a season low 30.2% from the floor. The game was battle from beginning to end. Both teams played very hard and competed for 45 minutes. The game was filled with twists, turns and drama.
MAYVILLE STATE 79
After the tough loss on Friday night, it could have been easy for the Comets to come out flat Saturday afternoon against the first place Bruins from Bellevue. Instead, it was the contrary. The Comets came out hot shooting the ball and competed defensively from the moment the game started. Bellevue is the top three point shooting team in the NSAA. They came in shooting close to 35% as team from behind the arc. The Comets with their great defensive effort, held the Bruins to just 3-17 shooting behind the arc, which comes out to 17.6% for the game. Mayville State held Bellevue to 27.6% shooting from the floor for the game, on 19-69 shooting. The Comets regained their shooting touch on Saturday, as they shot 10-23, from behind the arc, for 43.5% for the game. The Comets also shot23-51 from the floor overall for a 45.1% for the game. The Comets trailed briefly in the early in the first quarter, as Bellevue scored the first basket of the game. Mayville State took the lead soon after that and never trailed the remainder of the game. Mayville State built their lead up to 29 with 1:51 remaining at 79-50 after a pair of free throws from CJ Decker. The Comets had four players score in double digits, with Jordan Zrust once again leading the team with a game high 26 points. Zrust was also 4-4 from deep and 8-9 from the free throw line. Mackenzie Hughes continued her solid play with 18 points for the Comets. Hughes was 8-10 from the free throw line for the game. Jes Mertens reached double digits with 11 points, Mertens was 3-5 from behind the arc for the game. Erin Walcker rounded out the double digit scoring with 10 points. Emma Passa came off the bench to score nine points for the Comets and added a tremendous amount to energy to the team, in her second week back. Jordan Zrust grabbed a game high nine rebounds, and Erin Walcker grabbed eight for the game. CJ Decker dished out six assists to lead the Comets. The Comets went 23-26 from the free throw line for the game.
After the weekend of games there is now a three way tie for first place in the NSAA. Mayville State, Dakota State and Bellevue all are tied with 4-1 records through five games. The Comets will be home once again next weekend as they will play Dickinson State on Friday evening at 5:30 pm and then host Valley City State on Saturday at 3:00 pm. Come on out and support your first place Comets!!!!