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College women's basketball: UMD, UWS, CSS cruise to victory

Minnesota Duluth used pinpoint shooting and a stingy defense to rout Minot State 79-51 on Saturday at Romano Gym, moving into sole possession of second place in the NSIC North Division.

The Bulldogs (9-4, 8-2) only led 34-33 early in the second half before outscoring the Beavers () 19-6 the rest of the third quarter.

Emma Boehm led UMD with 15 points, while Sarah Grow and Payton Kahl each chipped in 10 as the Bulldogs shot 51.8 percent from the field and 12-for-26 from 3-point range.

Mariah Payne paced Minot State (6-10, 1-9) with 13 points.

• After a tight first quarter, Wisconsin-Superior went on a 36-6 run to wallop North Central University 86-35 in a UMAC game at Mertz Mortorelli Gym in Superior.

Emily Carpenter and Hannah Norlin each scored 14 points to pace the Yellowjackets (14-2, 7-1 UMAC), who only led 20-18 after one quarter before going on a 12-0 run in the second quarter and 21-2 in the second half as they emptied the bench.

UWS hit 9 of 21 shots from 3-point range and held North Central (8-6, 3-4) to 18-percent shooting (9-for-50) from the field, including 2-for-27 in the second half.

• Michala Walther led five players in double figures with 17 points as St. Scholastica cruised to a 79-42 UMAC victory over Crown College in Victoria, Minn.

Walther was 7-for-10 from the field and made three of the Saints' eight 3-pointers. Kaylee Kennedy, despite 1-for-9 shooting from the field, was 11 of 14 from the foul line to contribute 13 points. Marian Pearson and Danielle Cieluch each added 11 and Emma Schmidt had 10 for CSS (3-11, 3-4).

Crown (2-13, 0-7), which was outscored 16-6 in the first quarter and 16-2 in the fourth, was led by Patricia Gibson's 14 points.