The College Sports Report

March Madness is upon us.
For many college basketball teams, the regular season has turned into the postseason.
Here is an update of some Daily Globe-area athletes who have competed on the hardwood this winter.
Women’s Basketball
Worthington graduate MARTHA ALWAL, a 6-foot-4 sophomore center at Mississippi State, has earned recognition from the Southeastern Conference this season.
Alwal, who was named as an All-SEC second-team performer overall, landed on the All-SEC Defensive first team.
In 29 games, Alwal led the Bulldogs during a 13-17 campaign this season by averaging MSU highs in points (12.3) and rebounds (9.9) per game. She has posted 358 points, 286 rebounds, 74 blocked shots, 28 assists and 22 steals.
Alwal has converted 46 percent (130 of 284) of her shots from the field and 79 percent (97 of 123) of her shots from the free-throw line.
Mississippi State’s season ended Wednesday it dropped a 63-36 decision to Alabama in the first round of the SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament at the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga.
Alwal was limited to six points on 3 of 8 shooting and six rebounds against the Crimson Tide.
Men’s Basketball
Ellsworth graduate CASEY SCHILLING and Southwest Christian graduate ZACH HUISKEN have combined their skills to help Augustana reach the semifinals of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament.
In 18 games, Schilling, a 6-6 freshman forward, has averaged 7.9 points and 5.3 rebounds. He has scored 142 points on 48 percent (50 of 104) shooting from the field, 42 percent (13 of 31) shooting from 3-point range and 67 percent (29 of 43) shooting from the free-throw line. Schilling also has 95 rebounds, 21 assists, 19 steals and three blocked shots.
In 28 games, Huisken, a 6-9 freshman forward, has averaged 6.9 points and 4.1 rebounds. He has scored 194 points on 48 percent (72 of 148) shooting from the field, 27 percent (7 of 26) shooting from 3-point range and 61 percent (43 of 71) shooting from the free-throw line. Huisken also has 116 rebounds, 29 assists, 17 blocked shots and 14 steals.
The Vikings, who 21-7 overall, play Minnesota State-Mankato in the semifinal round at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Rochester.
Worthington graduate JALEN VOSS, a 6-7 sophomore forward, led Dakota Wesleyan by averaging 14.2 points and 9.9 rebounds a game during the Tigers’ 14-17 season.
In 31 games, Voss made 56 percent (174 of 309) of his shots from the field and converted 66 percent (93 of 140) of his shots at the free-throw line this year. He had 308 rebounds, 44 blocked shots, 28 steals and 441 points.
The Great Plains Athletic Conference named Voss as an All-GPAC first team selection this season.
DWU’s year ended with a 77-63 loss to Northwestern College in the quarterfinals of the GPAC Tournament on Feb. 20.
Fulda graduate MATT APPEL, a 6-3 freshman forward, is also a part of the Dakota Wesleyan men’s basketball program, but did not see any varsity action this season.
Mountain Lake Area graduate BEAU HERRIG, a 6-4 freshman center, helped Ridgewater College during the Warriors’ 13-15 season.
In 26 games, Herrig averaged 9.1 rebounds and 8.4 points per game for Ridgewater.
The Warriors did not qualify for the NJCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Region 13 Tournament this season after losing a Minnesota College Athletic Conference Southern Division tiebreaker against Minnesota West.
NOTE: If you know of an athlete, originally from the Daily Globe’s coverage area, who is currently away competing in sports at the collegiate level, contact Sports Editor Jeff Arenz by phone at (507) 376-7328 or by email at jarenz@dglobe.com, to have them featured in Sideline Scenes: The College Sports Report.

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