College women’s basketball: Olson, Bulldogs tame Cougars in NSIC tournament opener

Junior forward notches season high for points.

Minnesota Duluth's Brooke Olson (24) reacts to her basket and a foul call on Minot State's Calli Delsman (12) in the first half Friday, Jan. 8, at Romano Gym. (File / News Tribune)

Brooke Olson had a season-high 31 points and 12 rebounds to lead Minnesota Duluth to a 78-64 victory over Sioux Falls Thursday in the opening round of the NSIC Women’s Basketball Tournament before 71 at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Olson, a junior forward from Rice Lake, Wisconsin, was 12 of 21 from the field, including 5 of 8 from 3-point range, and also had three assists.

Ann Simonet added 11 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals while Maesyn Thiesen and Payton Kahl chipped in 10 points apiece for the Bulldogs (11-1), who shot 45.2% from the field (28 of 62) and 47.6% (10 of 21) from 3-point range.

UMD advances to play at 10 a.m. Saturday in the tournament semifinals against Friday’s Concordia-St. Paul/Bemidji State winner.

Anna Goodhope had an excellent all-around game for Sioux Falls with 14 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and two assists. She was one of four players to score in double figures for the Cougars (8-6).

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