Three-Point Shooting Lifts Wildcat Women Over Minot State
Posted: 19 January, 2013
WAYNE - #22 Wayne State used eight 3-pointers and a season-high 12 points from freshman guard, all in the second half, as the Wildcats held off Minot State 51-44 in Northern Sun Conference women’s basketball played Friday evening at Rice Auditorium in Wayne. It was the first-ever meeting between the two clubs as WSC moves to 11-4 on the season and 7-4 in the NSIC while the visiting Beavers fall to 8-7 and 4-7 in the league.
Both teams struggled offensively in the first half as WSC made just 9 of 26 shots from the field (34%) while Minot State was only 9 for 32 for 28 percent. Junior forward Ellen Hansen’s 3-point shooting gave WSC an early lead as she hit a trio of 3-pointers early to give WSC a 14-5 lead at the 12:16 mark of the first half. The visiting Beavers then scored the next six points and pulled within three at 14-11 on a layup by Amanda Sansaver.
WSC later went back up by six points at 21-15 on a steal and fast break layup by freshman guard Whitney Olson with 3:09 to go before halftime, but Minot State used four straight points from Francesca DeAngelis and a layup by Carly Boag with 55 seconds left in the half to trim the Wildcat advantage to 23-21 at halftime.
Freshman guard Addy Roller came out of the locker room on fire for the Wildcats. Roller sank a trey to open the half putting WSC ahead 26-21. After the Beavers closed within one at 26-25, Ellen Hansen sank a three followed by four free throws from Roller and another three to put WSC ahead 36-29 with 13:54 to go in the game. Roller’s 10 points came in a span of less than five minutes for the ‘Cats.
Wayne State’s biggest lead of the second half was nine at 41-32 with 9:05 to play following an Ashton Yossi jumper. But the Beavers later closed within three at 42-39 with 4:42 to play on a Lauren Safranski jumper. Yossi converted a three point play followed by four straight points by sophomore center Whitney Epp putting WSC back up by eight and WSC held on for the 51-44 win.
Yossi led three Wildcats in double figures with 13 points followed by Roller and Hansen with 12 apiece. WSC shot 16 of 42 from the field for 38.1 percent including 8 of 19 from three point range. The ‘Cats were 11 for 15 from the foul line.
6-2 junior forward Carly Boag paced Minot State with 15 points and 22 rebounds. The Beavers were 16 for 53 from the field for 30.2 percent and made just 1 of 5 three pointers and 11 of 17 free throws.
Minot State held a sizeable 41-26 edge in rebounding thanks to Boag’s 22 rebounds while Ellen Hansen grabbed nine rebounds for WSC. Hansen also had five steals for WSC, who had 16 turnovers compared to 19 on Minot State.
The Wildcats will be at home again Saturday afternoon hosting the University of Mary in a 4 p.m. Northern Sun Conference contest.