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Wayne State Women Pull Away Late From Upper Iowa

Posted: 15 December, 2012

FAYETTE, Iowa - Wayne State College went on an 11-2 run in a six minute stretch late in the game as the #12 Wildcats pulled away late for a 60-52 Northern Sun Conference women’s basketball win Friday evening over Upper Iowa at Dorman Gymnasium in Fayette, Iowa.  WSC is now 6-1 overall and 3-1 in the NSIC while the host Peacocks slip to 3-7 on the season and 0-4 in league play.
            After Upper Iowa scored the first basket of the game for an early 2-0 lead, the Wildcats scored the next 11 points and took an 11-2 lead on a Shantel Lehman layup with 14:53 to go in the half.  WSC still held a nine point lead at 14-5, but went nearly six minutes without basket until Morgan VanDerSloot’s 3-pointer at the 6:52 mark to give the ‘Cats a seven point lead at 17-10.  The host Peacocks pulled within four at 20-16 with 1:33 to go in the half on a Whitney Kieffer basket, but WSC ended the half on a 3-pointer by Ellen Hansen to give the Wildcats a 23-16 lead at halftime.
            Upper Iowa scored the first five points of the second half to trim the WSC lead to 23-21, then Wildcat guard Ashton Yossi scored six straight points for the ‘Cats to put WSC back up 29-21 with 16:38 remaining.  But the Peacocks would not go away and kept the game close.  UIU responded with a 11-4 run over the next 3:42 and pulled within one at 33-32 on a Lauren Buck layup with 9:52 left in the game.
            The Peacocks later tied the game at 41-41 on a Lindsay Carroll 3-pointer with 7:00 to play. But WSC shut down Upper Iowa the rest of the way and held the Peacocks to just one basket over the next 6:00 while taking their biggest lead of the game, 54-43 with 1:27 to play, as the Wildcats went on to the 60-52 win.
            Sophomore forward Jordan Spencer paced the Wildcats with game highs of 20 points and 12 rebounds for her third double-double of the season while sophomore guard Ashton Yossi also reached double figures with 17 points.  Junior backup center Shantel Lehmann added nine points and eight rebounds for the Wildcats who shot 41.5 percent from the field in the game making 22 of 53 shots.  WSC was just 4 of 20 from the three point line (20%) and only 12 for 23 (52%) at the free throw stripe.
             Upper Iowa was led by Lindsay Carroll with 14 points followed by Whitney Kieffer and Carly Pagel with 13 and 11 points respectively.  The Peacocks made 18 of 47 shots from the field for 38.3 percent and was 5 of 10 behind the three point line while making 11 of 13 free throws.
            Wayne State had one more rebound than Upper Iowa 32-31.  Spencer hauled in 12 rebounds for the Wildcats with Lehmann adding eight boards while Pagel grabbed six rebounds for the Peacocks.  WSC had 17 turnovers in the game compared to 23 for Upper Iowa.  Freshman guard Addy Roller was credited with five of Wayne State’s 11 assists in the game.           
            Wayne State is on the road again Saturday playing at Winona State in a 4 p.m. Northern Sun Conference contest.

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