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Wildcat Women Edged By MSU

Posted: 25 January, 2013

MANKATO, MN - The Wayne State women’s basketball team could not overcome a 1 for 16 start shooting from the field as the Wildcats fell at Minnesota State 61-58 Friday evening in Northern Sun Conference women’s basketball played at the Taylor Center in Mankato, Minnesota.  Despite a game-high 22 points from sophomore guard Ashton Yossi, the Wildcats fall to 11-6 overall and 7-6 in the NSIC while Minnesota State improves to 13-4 and 9-4 in league play.
            Both teams got off to a horrendous start.  WSC opened the game making just 1 of 16 shots from the field while Minnesota State was just as bad at 2 for 17.  The score at the media timeout favored the host Mavericks 4-2 with 9:44 to play in the first half.
            Despite the horrific shooting by WSC to start the game, the ‘Cats were able to stay within reach of the Mavericks by making 10 of 12 free throws.  WSC went nearly 10 minutes without a basket until Ellen Hansen made a 3-pointer at the 3:34 mark for just the second made basket of the half for the Wildcats as WSC trailed 23-15. 
            Minnesota State built a 13-point lead at one point in the first half, but the Wildcats made their last four shots of the half and cut the Maverick lead to 31-24 to finish the first half shooting 6 for 22 from the field for 27 percent.
            The second half saw WSC take advantage of a 7:00 scoreless drought by Minnesota State to pull within one point as sophomore guard Ashton Yossi hit three shots for the ‘Cats to start the half as WSC trailed 31-30 with 13:40 remaining.  Minnesota State finally scored in the second half at the 12:39 mark on two free throws by Aubrey Davis.
            The Mavericks built a nine point lead at 44-35 with 9:33 to play, but 3-pointers by Kara Powell and Yossi cut the Maverick lead to 44-41 with 8:41 remaining.  WSC kept battling back and tied the score at 55-55 when Shantel Lehman made one of two free throws with 2:41 and on the next possession took their first lead at 56-55 when Ellen Hansen made one of two free throws.
            MSU regained the lead at 57-56 on a pair of Ali Wilkinson free throws with 2:27 remaining, but Wayne State’s Addy Roller made one of two free throws with 2:09 to go knotted the score at 57-57.  Wilkinson’s layup on the next possession put the Mavericks ahead again 59-57.  WSC crept within one at 59-58 when Hansen converted one of two free throws with 1:29 to play.  The Mavericks went in front 61-58 on an Ashley Olson basket with 1:02 remaining.  WSC had a chance to tie the game on the final possession, but a 3-pointer by Addy Roller was off the mark with one second remaining as Minnesota State escaped with a 61-58 win over the Wildcats
            Wayne State’s top scorer was Ashton Yossi with 22 points followed by Ellen Hansen with 11.  The Wildcats finished the game making 18 of 47 shots for 38 percent, connecting on 6 of 18 from three point range and 16 of 24 from the free throw line after starting the game 10 for 12. 
            Ali Wilkinson poured in 19 points to lead Minnesota State with Jamie Bresnahan adding 14.  The Mavericks made 21 of 61 shots from the field for 34.4 percent including 2 of 17 from the three point line.  MSU was 17 of 21 at the charity stripe.
            WSC held a slim 39-38 edge in rebounding over the Mavericks with Shantel Lehmann and Ellen Hansen grabbing seven boards each to lead the Wildcats on the glass while Wilkinson hauled in 12 caroms to lead Minnesota State.  WSC was charged with 23 turnovers in the game compared to 16 on Minnesota State.  Addy Roller was credited with six assists for Wayne State in the game. 
            The Wildcats will be on the road again Saturday afternoon visiting Concordia-St. Paul in a 4 p.m. NSIC contest in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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