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Cold Shooting Dooms Wildcat Women At Winona

Posted: 17 December, 2012

WINONA, Minn. - #12 Wayne State College shot just 28.8 percent from the field (15 of 52)in suffering a 74-35 Northern Sun Conference women’s basketball loss at Winona State Saturday evening.  The Wildcats fall to 6-2 on the season and 3-2 in the NSIC while the host Warriors move to 9-3 and 3-2 in league play.
            Wayne State never led in the contest.  After the host Warriors jumped out to a 7-0 lead early, WSC scored the next five points on a Jordan Spencer layup and Ashton Yossi 3-pointer to make the score 7-5.  The Wildcats were within one at 10-9 following an Ellen Hansen layup at the 13:57 mark, but Winona State scored the next eight points to go in front 18-9.
            The Wildcats never got closer than seven points the rest of the half and trailed 33-18 at halftime, going the final 5:29 of the first half without a basket.  WSC then went 3:25 to open the second half without a basket, culminating a stretch of 8:54 without a basket.  By that time, Winona State took a 40-18 lead and the Warriors cruised in the second half for the lopsided 74-35 win.
            WSC shot a season-low 28.8 percent from the field making just 15 of 52 shots.  The ‘Cats were 1 of 9 from the three point line and only 4 for 9 at the free throw stripe.  Sophomore forward Jordan Spencer was the lone Wildcat in double figures with 12 points to go with a team-high eight rebounds. 
            Winona State’s top scorer was Becca Friestleben with 28 points, making 9 of 15 shots including 7 for 13 behind the three point line.  Kate Hartman and Michelle Tobin also reached double figures with 12 and 10 points respectively.  The Warriors were 27 of 58 shooting for 46.6 percent and made 10 of 23 three pointers.  Winona State was also 10 for 11 at the charity stripe.
            Winona State won the rebounding battle over the Wildcats 40-31 thanks to 11 caroms from Hartman while Spencer grabbed eight rebounds for Wayne State.  WSC had 12 turnovers in the game to just five on Winona State.
            Wayne State is off until Monday, December 31st when the Wildcats host Chadron State in a 4 p.m. non-conference contest on New Year’s Eve at Rice Auditorium in Wayne.



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