Vikings Saturday Basketball


VALLEY CITY  (VCSU)– Adriana Torres‘ all-around performance wasn’t enough to put the Vikings in the win column Saturday as the Valley City State women’s basketball team fell to Viterbo, 83-69.

Torres poured in a game-high 22 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and dished out three assists to lead the Vikings. Dani Schwanke added 19 points and Maara Nelson scored 16 points on 8-for-10 shooting. Allie Critchley grabbed seven rebounds, dished out three assists, and added a pair of steals for the Saturday.

Valley City State falls to 3-7 on the season and 2-3 in the North Star Athletic Association. Viterbo improves to 4-2 overall and 3-1 in the NSAA.

The Vikings trailed 22-14 after the first 10 minutes but came alive in the second quarter as they learned how to break Viterbo’s full court pressure. Trailing 27-18, Valley City State took the next 11 straight points capped by a layup from Andranae Powns to take its first lead of the game at 29-27 with 5:46 on the clock. Viterbo finished the half on a 9-0 run to lead 45-38 at halftime.

Viterbo stepped up its defensive effort throughout the third quarter to hold a 16-point advantage at the buzzer. The Vikings held the V-Hawks to just 16 points in the fourth quarter but couldn’t make up the deficit, falling 83-69 to Viterbo.

Valley City State shot 41 percent from the field (28-68), 18 percent from beyond the arc (3-17), and 58 percent on free throws (10-17). Viterbo shot 47 percent from the field (28-60), 30 percent on three-pointers (6-20), and 84 percent on free throws (21-25).

Viterbo scored 26 points off of 18 Viking turnovers Saturday while Valley City State only converted 12 points off of 15 V-Hawk turnovers.

The V-Hawks had three players in double figure scoring, led by Kacie Gross who scored 19, Kaitlyn Kennedy who added 17, and Madison Lindauer with 13. Allie Wojtysiak grabbed a team-high seven rebounds for Viterbo.

UP NEXT: Valley City State hosts Oak Hills Christian College on Monday, Jan. 18 at 4 p.m.

Stats Overview

Final – Women’s Basketball 1 2 3 4 F
Viterbo (Wis.) 4-3, 3-2 NSAA 22 23 22 16 83
Valley City State Univers 3-7, 2-3 NSAA 14 24 13 18 69
Jan. 16, 2021
Valley City, N.D.
Viterbo (Wis.) Indv. Leaders Valley City State Univers
#22 Kacie Gross – 19 Points #20 Adriana Torres – 22
#40 Allie Wojtysiak – 7 Rebounds 2 Players (#10,#20) – 7
#13 Justyne Burgess – 3 Assists 3 Players – 3
Viterbo (Wis.) Team Statistics Valley City State Univers
46.7% (28 – 60) Field Goals % 41.2% (28 – 68)
30% (6 – 20) 3 Point Field Goals % 17.6% (3 – 17)
84% (21 – 25) Free Throws 58.8% (10 – 17)
32 Rebounds 34
11 Assists 14
15 Turnovers 18
2 2nd Chance Pts 6
VALLEY CITY  (VCSU)   – Viterbo’s Robert Cunitz made two free throws with 6.2 seconds remaining Saturday, clinching an 88-84 win over Valley City State in NSAA men’s basketball.

The Vikings cut a late 11-point deficit to just two points in the final minute, but Cunitz’s two free throws put the game away.

Valley City State drops to 11-3 overall and 3-2 in the North Star Athletic Association. Viterbo University improves to 5-5 overall and 2-3 in conference play.

A disciplined Viterbo team took care of the ball against VCSU’s pressure defense, which had been forcing just over 20 turnovers per game this season. The V-Hawks turned it over just 13 times on Saturday, including only three turnovers in the first half.

A back-and-forth first half featured three ties and 10 lead changes. The Vikings held a slim 46-44 lead at the break, thanks in part to a 10-for-15 first half from 3-point range.

With the game tied 59-59 at the 14:10 mark of the second half, Viterbo started its game-changing run. The V-Hawks went on an 18-4 run over the next five minutes of play, opening up a 77-63 lead on two free throws from Spencer Speltz with 9:20 remaining.

The teams traded buckets before VCSU started its comeback, trailing 84-73 with 2:50 to go. Joshua Kelly made back-to-back driving layups to jumpstart the run, and Connor Entzi followed with a 3-pointer that made it 84-80 with 1:37 to play. Viterbo’s Noah Fredrickson pushed the lead back to 86-80 with a shot inside.

VCSU’s final-minute effort trimmed the deficit to just two points as Chris Thompson made two free throws and Kevin Schramm scored inside to make it 86-84. VCSU nearly forced a turnover but then had to foul, and Cunitz sank the two free throws to clinch the game.

Four Vikings scored in double figures, led by 15 points and nine rebounds from Kevin Schramm. Entzi and Jalen Addison each scored 13 points, and Thompson added 11.

Fredrickson made six 3’s for Viterbo as he finished with a game-high 24 points. Cunitz added 22 points and Jack Monis chipped in 19.

The Vikings shot 51 percent overall (30-59), 54 percent on 3’s (14-26) and 67 percent at the line (10-15). Viterbo finished at 57 percent overall (31-54), 50 percent on 3’s (11-22) and 83 percent on free throws (15-18).

Up next: Valley City State travels to Mayville State on Jan. 22 and Presentation College on Jan. 23. Viterbo hosts Bellevue on Jan. 22.


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