Home Win Streak Ends For WSC Women
Posted: 05 January, 2013
WAYNE - #19 Wayne State shot just 24 percent (6 of 25) in the second half as Concordia-St. Paul ended the Wildcats’ 52 game home court win streak with a 56-46 Northern Sun Conference women’s basketball win Friday evening at Rice Auditorium in Wayne. It was Wayne State’s first home loss since February 25, 2009 when the Wildcats lost to Southwest Minnesota State 67-62. WSC is now 7-3 overall and 3-3 in the league while Concordia-St. Paul is now 6-4 and 4-2 in the NSIC.
The visiting Golden Bears jumped out to an early lead on WSC, taking a 15-8 advantage at the 13:21 mark. WSC rallied and took its first lead since 2-0 at 18-17 on a Kara Powell lay in with 10:14 to play in the half. The ‘Cats stretched the lead to six at 26-20 on a Anna Gerdes jumper with 4:51 to go before halftime. After CU got within one at 27-26, WSC finished the half with a 33-28 lead thanks to an Ashton Yossi jumper with two seconds before the buzzer.
Cold shooting in the second half prevented the Wildcats from maintaining their lead as WSC made just 6 of 25 shots (24 percent) as the Golden Bears slowly pulled away. The ‘Cats still led 37-34 with 17:00 remaining, but Concordia-St. Paul went on a 9-0 run over the next 6:00 and took a 43-37 lead. WSC got as close as three points at 45-42 with 7:25 to play on an Addy Roller free throw, but the Golden Bears put the ‘Cats away scoring the next nine points and led 54-42 with 3:39 to play before WSC scored again and CU went on to the 56-46 win.
Wayne State’s lone double digit scorer was sophomore forward Jordan Spencer with 16 points followed by Addy Roller with nine. The ‘Cats were 21 of 56 shooting in the game for 37.5 percent, going 0 for 7 from the three point line and just 4 of 7 at the free throw stripe.
Anika Whiting led Concordia-St. Paul with a game-high 18 points to go with 11 rebounds followed by Kionda Nicks and Jasmine Haynes with 13 points apiece. The Golden Bears shot 42.3 percent from the field, making 22 of 52 shots. CU was 2 of 11 behind the three point line and 10 for 13 at the foul stripe.
Concordia-St. Paul held a 37-33 edge in rebounding over Wayne State thanks to 11 caroms by Whiting while Wayne State’s top rebounder was Shantel Lehmann with eight followed by Ellen Hansen with seven. WSC had 18 turnovers in the game to 17 on CU. Addy Roller handed out four assists for WSC in the loss.
Wayne State will be at home again Saturday hosting Minnesota State in a 4 p.m. Northern Sun Conference contest at Rice Auditorium in Wayne.