Big Second Half Boosts WSC Women Over Minnesota Duluth
Posted: 02 February, 2013
WAYNE - Wayne State shot 55 percent in the second half and rallied from a 20-15 halftime deficit to pull away for a 62-47 Northern Sun Conference women’s basketball win over Minnesota Duluth Saturday evening at Rice Auditorium in Wayne. The Wildcats improve to 13-7 overall and 9-7 in the NSIC while Minnesota Duluth is now 10-10 and 7-9 in league play.
The Wildcats took an early 4-0 lead, but then went 6:17 without a basket as the visiting Bulldogs took an 11-4 lead at the 11:59 mark on a jumper by Danielle Flood. WSC responded with a 11-3 run over the next 3:11 and took a 15-14 lead on a layup by Ellen Hansen with 8:48 to go in the half.
But that would be the last basket for Wayne State the rest of the half as Minnesota Duluth held the Wildcats scoreless for the final 8:48 and took a 20-15 lead as neither team made a point in the final 5:22 of the first half.
Minnesota Duluth opened the second half with the first five points and took a 25-15 lead on a layup by Alyssa Kerkhoff with 18:46 to play in the game. With Minnesota Duluth still leading 27-19 with 16:58 remaining, WSC went on a 20-0 run, holding the Bulldogs scoreless for the next 7:54 and took a 39-27 lead on a layup by Ellen Hansen with 9:55 remaining.
The Bulldogs got as close as nine points several times with the final one coming at 47-38 with 4:57 to play as the Wildcats pulled away for the 62-47 win.
Sophomore guard Ashton Yossi led Wayne State in scoring with 19 points. Sophomore forward Jordan Spencer contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season while junior forward recorded her second straight double-double and sixth of the season with 12 points and 13 rebounds.
WSC finished the game making 23 of 54 shots, including a 16 for 29 effort in the second half, for 42.6 percent. The ‘Cats were just 4 of 19 from three point range and 12 for 15 at the charity stripe.
Minnesota Duluth’s top scorer was Katrina Newman with 12 points while Abbie Whitney added 11. The Bulldogs were held to just 30.6 percent shooting in the game on 19 of 62, going 3 for 13 from the three point line and 6 of 7 at the foul stripe.
WSC held a slim 38-37 edge in rebounding over the Bulldogs thank to 13 caroms by Hansen and 10 from Spencer while Katrina Newman led UMD on the glass with nine rebounds. Minnesota Duluth had 15 turnovers in the game to 14 by the Wildcats.
Freshman guard Addy Roller was credited with five assists for Wayne State while Hansen and Yossi each had three steals. Yossi had both of Wayne State’s blocks in the game.
Wayne State hits the road next weekend for Northern Sun Conference games at Northern State Friday evening at 6 p.m. and at MSU Moorhead Saturday at 4 p.m.