WSC Women Win 50th Straight At Home
Posted: 07 December, 2012
WAYNE - #15 Wayne State recorded its 50th straight win at Rice Auditorium Friday evening by defeating the University of Sioux Falls 61-48 in Northern Sun Conference women’s basketball. The host Wildcats move to 4-1 overall and 1-1 in the NSIC while the Cougars drop to 4-2 and 1-1 in league play.
The visiting Cougars got off to a strong start, taking a 14-7 lead at the 15:07 mark of the first half forcing WSC to take an early timeout. The Wildcats then responded with a scoring run of their own, scoring the next 12 points over a span of 3:10 and took a 19-14 lead on a three pointer by Audrey Holmes with 11:57 to play in the first half. After Sioux Falls scored the next five points to tie the score at 19-19, the Wildcats closed the first half strong and took their biggest lead of the half at nine, 32-23, on a Ellen Hansen free throw, before finishing the first half with a 32-25 advantage.
Sioux Falls came out strong again in the second half and took their first and only lead of the game at 40-39 on a three point play by Laura Johnson with 11:01. WSC then scored the next eight points, three by Katie Hoskins and five from Jordan Spencer, to take a 47-40 lead with 8:43 remaining. The Cougars got within five a couple of times, but WSC made free throws down the stretch to pull away for the 61-48 win.
Jordan Spencer paced the Wildcats in scoring with 19 points followed by Ashton Yossi with 15 and Katie Hoskins 12. The Wildcats shot just 34.6 percent from the field on 18 of 52, making only 3 of 15 shots from the three point line. WSC was 22 of 32 at the free throw stripe.
Laura Johnson recorded a double-double for the University of Sioux Falls with a game-high 22 points and 11 rebounds. Alyssa Rushton added 10 points for the Cougars. USF was 15 of 60 shooting for 25 percent while also making just 3 of 15 from the three point line. The Cougars were 15 of 18 at the charity stripe.
Wayne State held a slim 44-42 edge in rebounding over Sioux Falls as Ellen Hansen hauled in 11 caroms to lead the Wildcats while Johnson grabbed 11 boards for the Cougars. WSC had 16 turnovers in the game to 15 on the Cougars. Hansen contributed five steals in the Wildcat win while Whitney Epp recorded three blocks.
Wayne State will be at home again Saturday afternoon hosting Southwest Minnesota State in a 4 p.m. game at Rice Auditorium in Wayne.