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Late Bucket Gives WSC Women The Win Over Crookston

Posted: 11 January, 2013

CROOKSTON, Minn - Sophomore forward Jordan Spencer scored a career-high 27 points, including the game-winning basket with 2.5 seconds to play, giving the #22 Wayne State College women’s basketball team a 59-57 Northern Sun Conference win at Minnesota, Crookston Friday evening. It was the 15th straight win by WSC in the series dating back to 2005 as the Wildcats improved to 9-3 overall and 5-3 in the NSIC while the host Golden Eagles fall to 5-7 and 2-6 in league play.

The game was a mixture of scoring runs between the two teams.  WSC jumped out to a 14-7 lead to start the game at the 11:43 mark following a layup by Jordan Spencer.  The Golden Eagles scored the next seven points and evened the score at 14-14 on a Alexa Thielman 3-pointer with 9:32 to play in the half. 

After WSC took a 21-16 lead with 5:46 to go in the half, UMC reeled off seven of the next eight points and took their only lead of the first half at 23-22 on a Jacy Christenson jumper with 2:51 to go before halftime.  WSC then finished the half scoring eight straight points, an Ashton Yossi 3-pointer, Addy Roller jumper and a Katie Hoskins 3-pointer with 1:38 to play in the half, giving WSC a 30-23 lead at intermission.

The Wildcats started strong to open the second half and took their biggest lead of the night at 11 points, 36-25, on a Roller jump shot with 17:46 to play.  WSC still held a 41-31 lead with 13:44 left, but the host Golden Eagles went on a 12-0 run over the next 5:00 and took a 43-41 lead on a Katrina Moenkedick layup with 8:59 to go in the contest.
After WSC tied the score at 43-43 on a Spencer layup, Minnesota, Crookston scored the next five points and took a 48-43 lead with 7:03 to play on a Alexa Thielman 3-pointer.  WSC mounted a rally and knotted the score at 50-50 at the 4:59 mark on a free throw by Roller, but UMC came back and regained a five point advantage at 55-50 on a Brittani Wiese 3-pointer with 3:43 to play before WSC responded with the game-clinching rally.

A three point play by Spencer with 2:59 to go cut the Golden Eagle lead to 55-53, but UMC took a 57-53 lead on a layup by Moenkedick with 2:36 to go.  WSC scored on the next possession as Ashton Yossi made a layup with 2:17 to play trimming the UMC lead to 57-55.  Spencer then tied the score at 57-57 on a layup with 1:46 remaining.     
Both teams missed shots to take the lead, but WSC forced a UMC turnover with 32 seconds remaining to set up a play for the game winning shot.  Roller passed the ball inside the lane to Spencer, who canned a turn-around 12 footer with 2.5 seconds left to give WSC a 59-57 lead.  The Golden Eagles had one final shot to tie or win the game but a 3-pointer by Ashley Martell went off the back of the rim as WSC came away with the thrilling 59-57 win over Minnesota, Crookston.

Spencer finished the night with a career-high 27 points to lead the Wildcats, making 12 of 20 shots from the field and 3 of 6 free throws.  Ashton Yossi also reached double figures for WSC with 16 points.

Wayne State shot 41 percent from the field making 23 of 56 shots and was 5 for 16 behind the three point line and 8 for 13 at the charity stripe.

Katrina Moenkedick recorded 20 points to lead the Golden Eagles with Alexa Thielman adding 11 points.  UMC was 23 of 67 from the field for 34.3 percent and was 5 for 22 from the three point line to go with 6 of 12 at the free throw line.

WSC won the rebounding battle over UMC 43-39 with Ellen Hansen, Spencer, Yossi, Addy Roller and Katie Hoskins grabbing six rebounds apiece for the Wildcats while Laurie Tyson hauled in nine rebounds to lead the Golden Eagles.  WSC had 17 turnovers in the game to 11 for UMC.  Roller finished with five assists to lead WSC.
           
Wayne State will be in action again Saturday afternoon visiting Bemidji State in a 4 p.m. NSIC contest.



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