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WSC Women Bounce Back With Big Win Over Minnesota State

Posted: 07 January, 2013

WAYNE - #19 Wayne State rebounded from its first home loss in nearly four years with a convincing 78-56 win over Minnesota State in Northern Sun Conference women’s basketball played Saturday evening at Rice Auditorium in Wayne.  It was the eighth straight win by WSC over Minnesota State as the Wildcats improved to 8-3 on the season and 4-3 in the NSIC while the visiting Mavericks fall to 9-2 overall and 5-2 in league play.
WSC led from start to finish in the contest.  The ‘Cats jumped out to an early 9-0 lead.  After Minnesota State pulled within four at 13-9 at the 13:16 mark, WSC scored the next eight points and took their first double digit lead at 21-9 on an Ellen Hansen 3-pointer with 10:06 to go in the half.

With WSC still leading 29-18 with 4:20 to play in the half, Minnesota State got as close as five at 29-24 with 2:44 to go before halftime.  But WSC scored the next six points, all by Ashton Yossi, and took a 35-24 lead before finishing the half up eight at 35-27.

Minnesota State made a run at WSC to start the second half and got within three points at 39-36 with 15:55 to go in the game.  WSC then responded by scoring the next seven points with five coming from sophomore forward Jordan Spencer as WSC went back up double figures at 46-36 with 12:51 to play.

The Mavericks were within eight points at 57-49 with 7:35 left in the game, but WSC put away Minnesota State with a 14-0 run over the next 4:23, going up by a commanding 22 points at 71-49 with 3:30 to play and the Wildcats went on to the 78-56 win.

Sophomore guard Ashton Yossi led Wayne State with a game-high 23 points, going 7 of 12 from the field and 6 for 6 at the charity stripe.  Junior forward Ellen Hansen recorded her third double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds while sophomore forward Jordan Spencer scored in double figures for the 11th straight game with 15 points.

WSC shot a season-high 51.1 percent from the field, making 24 of 47 shots.  The ‘Cats were an efficient 8 of 14 from the three point line and 22 for 26 at the charity stripe.

Ali Wilkinson was the top scorer for Minnesota State with 19 points followed by Ashley Olson with 11 and Jamie Bresnahan 10.  The Mavericks made just 21 of 62 shots from the field for 33.9 percent, going 5 for 20 from the three point line and 9 of 14 at the charity stripe.

WSC won the rebounding battle over Minnesota State 38-29 with Hansen’s 12 rebounds leading the Wildcats on the glass while Wilkinson hauled in eight boards for the Mavericks.  WSC had 20 turnovers in the game with MSU charged with 16.  Hansen handed out a team-high five assists to lead WSC while Addy Roller had four.

Wayne State will hit the road next weekend for Northern Sun Conference games at Minnesota, Crookston Friday evening at 6 p.m. and Bemidji State Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m.

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