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Nov 11, 2012 10:55 PM by Q2 Sports

Knudsen's 30 helps Lady Jackets get first win of season

CHADRON, NE - The Montana State Billings women's basketball team quickly bounced back after a narrow loss to Black Hills State Saturday evening. In their Sunday matchup versus Chadron State College, the Yellowjackets won 79-64.

Bobby Knudsen was two points shy of tying her career high as she led all scorers with 30 points. She shot 12-15 from the field and also tallied six assists, four steals and three rebounds. Janiel Olson contributed a double-double recording 12 points and 10 rebounds (five offensive).

Kayleen Goggins dropped 13 points and Brooke Tolman and Quinn Peoples both had 10 points each as all five of MSUB's starters scored in double figures. Peoples also snatched eight rebounds and Tolman recorded four steals.

Kattie Ranta turned in a solid performance for the Eagles as she led the team with 22 points on 9-14 shooting. Hattie Guzman and Dallas Shaw also played well for Chadron State combining for 28 points and six rebounds.

The Yellowjackets out-rebounded the Eagles 40-31 and also won the turnover battle forcing Chadron State to 22 turnovers compared to their 11. Both teams shot over 40 percent from the field but the Eagles were better beyond the arch going 35.3 percent compared to Jackets' 20 percent.

MSUB jumped out to a 19-11 lead at the 12:58 mark, but Chadron State countered to come within two of the Jackets at 11:14 (19-17). From 11:14 to 5:11 MSUB went on a 10-3 run to expand their lead to nine points (29-20).

To close out the half, the Yellowjackets slightly outscored the Eagles 7-6 and held the 10 point 36-26 advantage at the intermission.

MSUB rode their momentum into the second half and increased their lead to 17 at the 16:25 mark with a 13-6 run. Chadron State competed well and cut the Jackets' lead down to seven, 61-54, at 8:13. This would be the closest that the Eagles would get to MSUB as they tightened their defense and only allowed Chadron to score 10 more points within the match.

The Yellowjackets effectively closed the game scoring 18 more points, and captured their first victory of the 2012-13 season defeating Chadron State by 15 points.

"Great win for us, we started well again and played much more consistent than last night's game," stated head coach Kevin Woodin. "We built a nice lead in the second half, but I give Chadron State credit for cutting the lead down to seven. Overall I was very pleased with how we played and it was nice to have a balanced scoring attack. Knudsen played well tonight and I was impressed with how she attacked the basket. It was a nice team effort, and I liked how we responded with the short turn around between games."

Now at 1-1 overall in the season, the Yellowjackets will head to St. George, Utah next weekend to compete in the Dixie State College Women's Basketball Tournament.

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