It’s a special occasion when Christina and Carly Boag’s parents make the trek from Tamworth, Australia, to Minot in the United States to see their daughters play.
So when Dianna and John Boag are in attendance, the 1.88cm Boag twins do their best to make it a memorable viewing experience.
That was certainly the case on Saturday when the duo combined for 54 points to lead the Minot State University women’s basketball team past Bemidji State, 94-84, in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contest at the MSU Dome.
Carly, who had 25 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, said the last time both parents attended an MSU game was during an exhibition against Salish-Kootenai College in early November.
“Obviously, they don’t get to see us play for a while so for both Carly and I to have a good game in front of them and get a win – they enjoy it,” said Christina, who poured in 29 points on 10 of 13 shooting.
The Boags’ inside-out prowess helped MSU (14-4 overall, 10-4 NSIC) shoot 60 percent from the field.
“The two Boag sisters are just extremely good and they did get too many easy baskets, but they do that to a lot of teams,” Bemidji coach Mike Curfman said.
“They’re tough matchups because they can both shoot inside and outside.
“I thought it was a good battle back and forth but we went on a little dry spell where they kept scoring and I thought that was the difference in the game.”
Bemidji’s drought came midway through the second half when MSU extended a three-point lead to a 13-point gap in a few minutes.
Christina recorded a three-point play on a tip-in and Carly scored six points during that run.
Another factor in MSU pulling away was Bemidji sharpshooter Morgan Lee finally cooling off.
The senior scored 29 points and went four-for-ten from beyond the three-point line.
“It didn’t feel like we ever stopped her,” MSU coach Sheila Green Gerding said.
“She’s a really good player and she’s hard to guard. We didn’t execute defensively.”
MSU overcame Lee with efficient and balanced offensive play.
Juniors Morgan Klose and Katie Hardy scored 15 and 13 points, respectively, and sophomore Savana Kingsbury chipped in six in 12 minutes off the bench.
“Savana came out and played really hard defensively, did some really nice things for us and actually, tonight, found the basket,” Green Gerding said.
“She hasn’t been looking (to shoot) and we’ve been on her about it, so she went out and put up six points for us.”