Day 1 of girls basketball tourney features buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Becker

A sophomore from Becker buried the winning 3-pointer.
Publish date:

The first day of the Minnesota State Girls' Basketball Tournament at Williams Arena and Maturi Pavilion ended with a dramatic buzzer-beating 3-pointer to give the Becker Bulldogs a win over the Marshall Tigers. 

Marshall hit a pair of free throws with 10 seconds left in the game to take a 67-65 lead, effectively erasing a 14-point second-half deficit against the third-seeded Bulldogs.

Instead of calling a timeout, sophomore point guard Julia Bengston dribbled up the court, went behind her back with one dribble and then fired a left-handed bounce pass out of a double team to find Courtney Nuest, who drilled the game-winning 3

Nuest, also a sophomore, finished with 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including 3-of-5 from 3-point land. 

Becker advances to the state semifinals in Class AAA and will face Robbinsdale Cooper at 2 p.m. Thursday. 

Scoreboard from Wednesday's games

Class AAAA

  • Hopkins 68-46 over Lakeville North
  • Centennial 74-64 over Maple Grove
  • Stillwater 73-48 over Shakopee
  • Eastview 48-38 over Forest Lake

Class AAA

  • DeLaSalle 61-53 over Hibbing
  • Holy Angels 58-57 over Fergus Falls
  • Cooper 72-40 over Austin
  • Becker 68-67 over Marshall

Class AA

  • Roseau 75-74 over Redwood Valley
  • Caledonia 56-44 over Proctor
  • Albany 60-49 over Holy Family Catholic
  • Minnehaha Academy 56-37 over St. Peter

The Class A tournament begins Thursday. 

Follow Bring Me The Sports on Facebook

Next Up

Image from iOS (96)

Early Saturday fire damages Burger King in Richfield

The fire was reported around 1:15 a.m. Saturday.

Jamal Mashburn Jr. / Gopher Basketball

Maryland hands Gophers first home loss of season

The 17th-ranked Gophers fell to the Terrapins 63-49 on Saturday afternoon.

Alibi Drinkery in Lakeville.

Minnesota Department of Health files lawsuit against Alibi Drinkery

The Lakeville bar has been in the news for defying orders.

Iron Tap snowmobile delivery

This MN restaurant will deliver to your ice house... on a snowmobile

Just in case you work up an appetite fishing on Lake Waconia.

Klobuchar and Trump

Klobuchar reacts to report Trump plotted against his attorney general

The NYT story alleges further tactics to overturn the election.

snow, plow

Snowy Saturday: Here's how much snow is forecast in Minnesota

Snow will reach the metro area by the early afternoon.

Cam Talbot

Wild improve to 4-1 with victory over Dubnyk, Sharks

The 4-1 win gives the Wild four victories in five games to start the season.

Screen Shot 2021-01-22 at 9.08.16 PM

Daughter of MN Supreme Court Justice, Allina Health CEO found dead in Iowa

The 21-year-old was found dead in the parking lot of a sorority, according to police.

Screen Shot 2020-09-04 at 8.42.40 PM

Federal charges: MN marijuana lobbyist threatened U.S. representative

"I want you to be as scared as possible," the voicemail allegedly says.


Screen Shot 2019-03-09 at 1.46.27 PM

Brackets for the Minnesota Girls' State Basketball Tournament

Games are being played at Maturi Pavilion and Williams Arena.

Screen Shot 2019-03-16 at 9.49.29 AM

Brackets for the MN Boys' Basketball State Tournament

The Class AA bracket will be released on Sunday morning.

Paige Bueckers

MSHSL cancels girls, boys basketball tournaments

It could mean the end of high school basketball careers for seniors.

Screen Shot 2019-03-20 at 9.15.26 AM

State basketball tournament: Where to watch it online, and on TV

The quarterfinal games are not televised, but you can stream them.

Screen Shot 2019-02-17 at 7.51.42 AM

Here are the brackets for the State Girls' Hockey Tournament

Warroad and Mound Westonka enter the Class A tourney without a loss.

hockey hair

Gallery: Hockey hair from day 1 of the state tournament

Barbers and hair stylists must be going out of business in these towns.

high school basketball

3 days of section championships set in MN boys basketball

Minnesota's version of March madness is upon us.