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IOUX FALLS, S.D. – Augustana shot a season-low 23 percent from the field and scored just 19 points in the second half dropping a physical game to No. 21 Minnesota State University, Mankato (9-1, 5-1 NSIC) on Friday night in Sioux Falls. The Vikings (8-2, 4-2 NSIC) got off to a slow start scoring just one point, a free throw, in the first nine minutes of the second half.

This is the first home loss of the season for Augustana as MSU was able to snap the Vikings' two-game winning streak over the Mavericks.

Gage Wooten led all players with 19 points on the night on 7 of 9 shooting. He was also 5 of 5 from the free throw line. Jimmy Whitehead added 13 points and seven rebounds for the Mavericks.

For the Vikings, Cameron McCaffrey spent the majority of the first half on the bench after committing two early fouls. The senior finished with

15 points and is now four points shy of moving up to ninth on the all-time scoring list at Augustana.

Alex Richter grabbed a career-high eight rebounds for Augustana as the Vikings matched its season-high with 48 rebounds, including 16 offensive boards.

Neither team shot well from 3-point range as the Mavericks were 0 of 8 for the game while Augustana was just 4 of 26 (15 percent) from behind the arc.

Augustana went on a 12-2 run in the first four minutes of the game to grab an early lead. MSU turned the ball over four times in that span while the Vikings cashed in six points off of the Maverick turnovers.

Huisken scored four straight points during the run for the Vikings hitting two free throws and going over the top of Marei for a basket.

MSU scored its first basket in over four minutes to make the score 12-4 but McCaffrey answered on the next possession to put the Vikings in front 14-4. Following two minutes of scoreless basketball, MSU scored two straight baskets after an Augustana turnover to make the score 14-8 with 12:22 left in the half.

Minnesota State cut Augustana's lead to six at 18-12 after a jumper by Wooten but Joe Burt answered with a 3-pointer to put the Vikings up

21-12 with 8:12 remaining in the half.

The two teams played even for the remaining of the half with each team scoring 11 points over the final 7:08.

MSU scored on back-to-back possessions to cut Augustana's lead to six at

25-19 with 4:25 to go. Schilling pushed the Vikings' lead back to eight at 27-19 hitting two free throws with 3:09 to play.

Augustana would carry a six-point 29-23 lead into halftime. The Vikings shot 37 percent from the field in the first half while MSU shot 34 percent. Neither team shot well from outside as the Vikings were just 1 of 6 from 3-point range while MSU was 0 for 5.

Free throws helped the Vikings grab a first half lead as Augustana was 6 of 6 from the charity stripe. On the other side, Minnesota State was just 1 of 4 from the free throw line. Augustana held a 23-17 rebounding advantage heading into the break.

Burt led the Vikings in the first half with seven points while McCaffrey, Richter, Schilling, Huisken and Jansen all had four. Gage Wooten led MSU with six first half points.

MSU went on a 10-1 run over the first five and a half minutes of the second half to take its first lead of the game. Jimmy Whitehead put the Mavericks in front for the first time of the game with a fastbreak bucket to make the score 31-30 and on the very next possession he scored on another fastbreak to put MSU in front 33-30 with 14:34 to play in the game.

The Vikings went just over seven minutes without a basket allowing the Mavericks to but an eight-point 38-30 lead with 11 minutes left in the game before McCaffrey drilled a 3-pointer to end the drought.

McCaffrey's basket made the score 38-33 and Schilling scored on the next possession to cut the lead to three at 38-35.

Augustana missed field goals on its next two possessions and MSU was able to capitalize and push its lead back to seven (42-35) heading into the media timeout with 8:47 to play in the game.

From there MSU was able to build six minutes of play to put the Vikings away.

MSU dominated the Vikings down low in the second half grabbing 30 rebounds and scoring 16 points in the paint. Augustana was just 3 of 20 from the field in the second half, including 3 of 20 from 3-point range.

Augustana returns to action tomorrow night hosting Concordia-St. Paul at

6 p.m.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Ali Wilkinson's two free throws with 5.1 seconds left gave Minnesota State an 80-79 victory over Augustana to spoil the Vikings' undefeated season.  Augustana's first loss drops their overall record to 9-1, 5-1 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action and the Mavericks improve to 8-1 overall, 5-1 in the NSIC.
 
Augustana gained a lead with 7:10 left in the first half and stretched it to 17 points at the 12-minute mark in the second.  The Vikings held that lead until Wilkinson was fouled and sank two of her 15 free throws with 5.1 seconds left. 
 
Wilkinson banked in a layup to cut the lead to one before the Maverick defense forced Augustana into a shot clock violation.
 
A Lydia Nelson turnaround jumper and an Emily Schulte three-pointer gave Augustana a six-point lead with 3:29 remaining in the contest. Wilkinson answered with a layup and Schulte nailed both her free throws but Jamie Bresnahan hit a three to cut the lead in half just under the two-minute mark.
 
A forced three late in the shot clock by the Vikings led to a layup for the Mavericks. Alex Feeney was fouled and sank her two free throws to give Augustana a three-point cushion.  Wilkinson then closed out the game with four straight points to take the victory.
 
Wilkinson's career night spoiled the splendid performance from Cami Koehn who finished with a career high 15 points, tied with Feeney for a team-high. Koehn was 3-6 from the field, including 2-4 from behind the arc, but did her damage at the free throw line hitting 7-10.
 
The Vikings defense continued to play well holding MSU to 30.6 percent shooting, but the Mavericks hit 27-32 at the free throw line for 84.4 percent.  The Vikings converted 69.4 percent of their free throws and shot 46.4 percent from the field but were doomed by 19 turnovers which turned into 19 MSU points.
 
A sluggish start from the Vikings put them in a hole early and the first half stayed relatively tight.  Augustana held a slight lead after Koehn hit a three-pointer after the Vikings missed their first five shots from behind the arc.
 
The Mavericks went on a 9-0 run led by Wilkinson, the second leading scorer in the NSIC, and her six points to give MSU a seven point lead, 20-13.
 
Augustana's balanced scoring attack would not falter and countered with a 13-2 run in which five different Vikings scored and the home team led 28-22.  Eight of Augustana's 13 points in the run came in the paint as they started to exert their size advantage over the Mavericks.
 
Wilkinson continued to carry the Mavericks but Feeney and Ashley answered with buckets of their own including a jumper from Feeney just as the shot clock was expiring. 
 
Koehn hit her third three-point basket of the half to give the Vikings a nine-point lead but she then turned the ball over at half court resulting in an MSU layup. 
 
Andrea Whitney hit a layup after a Koehn free throw but Augustana gave up a second chance layup in the waning seconds of the half and the score at the intermission was 39-32 in favor of the Vikings.
 
Koehn led the Vikings with 11 points including three makes from behind the arc while six other Vikings scored. The first-half comeback was fueled by the Augustana bench who outscored MSU's bench 24-7 in the first half.
 
Wilkinson led all scorers in the first stanza with 18 on 6-12 shooting, but no other Maverick managed more than four points.
 
After starting the game 1-9, the Vikings responded, hitting 12-19, including 3-3 on three-point attempts, for a 46.4 percent shooting percentage.  The Vikings' stalwart defense held MSU to 30.6 percent shooting with a 1-11 mark from three.
 
To open the second half, the Vikings used a 10-5 run and expanded that lead to 15 twice after a pair of free throws from Feeney and Koehn each.  Koehn hit a layup to push the lead to 17 at 60-43, but the Mavericks wouldn't stay down.
 
Using free throws, led by Wilkinson at the charity stripe, Minnesota State cut the lead to four points at the 6:17 mark.   The two teams traded buckets and after two free throws from MSU's Karlee Gengenbacher, the Viking lead was down to three, 70-67 with 4:57 to play.
 
Shaunteva Ashley finished with 13 points, but shot an uncharacteristic 3-8 from the free throw line where she has been hitting 87 percent on the season.
 
The Vikings return to action Saturday evening at 4 p.m. against Concordia-St. Paul at the Elmen Center
 
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