Wow, talk about a dominating performance. The St. Cloud State Huskies flattened Northern College at Halenbeck Hall on Saturday by a final of 81-46.
To be honest, this article will be a little tough to write simply because there isn’t enough paper on the planet Earth to go through and describe, in detail, everything that the Huskies did well Saturday night against Northland College.
In this exhibition game, the Huskies were pitted against a team that struggled to a 2-22 record the previous year (albeit with a first-year coach and a surprisingly young team) and it really showed in the first two quarters.
The Huskies led the Jill’s 25-9 at the end of the first half. This was mostly a product of the Huskies defensive pressure and dominance on the backboards. St. Cloud State forced a total of 17 turnovers in the first two frames and held a 19-4 rebounding margin by the time the buzzer sounded.
These trends continued into the second half so that, by the end of the game, the Huskies had forced 34 turnovers, though they committed 19 themselves, and held a 39-17 edge in rebounds. They also didn’t allow a single offensive rebound to the Jill’s during the game.
The Huskies outscored the Jill’s by 22 in the paint and by 21 in points off turnovers. They also did a great job getting back on defense and didn’t allow a single point on the fast break.
Kyli Van Klei led the Huskies in scoring with 13 on five of six shooting from the field. She was the only Huskies player to score in double figures, which gives you an idea of how balanced the offense was throughout the game.
I could go on, but I think I’ve made my point, the Huskies played exceedingly well in many facets of the game.
However, there are a couple of areas where they struggled. For instance, they allowed the Jill’s to shoot 46 percent from the field and 53 percent from downtown. The Huskies also struggled at the charity stripe, connecting on just nine of their 14 attempts.
When asked about her team’s performance after the game, women’s basketball head coach Lori Fish said, “I think we played some pretty good team basketball. I thought for the most part early in the game, we were disciplined defensively, but we got a little sloppy in the second half.”
“We shot the ball extremely well though, which helps.”
She also addressed how this game will help the team down the road, saying, “I think that everybody got an opportunity to play and got some experience under their belt. I’ve said it all along, our starters have experience but our bench doesn’t.
“So for them to get an opportunity to get some of the jitters out and gain some confidence is really going to help us.”
The Huskies will travel to Kansas next weekend for the 2015 Fort Hays State Tournament. Their opponents are Friday and Saturday have yet to be announced. The team returns to Halenbeck Hall on Nov. 25 to take on the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology who they defeated on the road twice last season by finals of 63-52 and 63-55 last season.