Wildcat Women Down Wolves In Aberdeen
Posted: 09 February, 2013
WAYNE - Freshman guard Addy Roller scored a career-high 27 points while sophomore forward Jordan Spencer added 24 as Wayne State pulled away late for a 66-53 Northern Sun Conference women’s basketball win at Northern State in Aberdeen, South Dakota Friday evening. The Wildcats have now won 11 straight meetings against the Wolves dating back to the 2006-07 season and are now 14-7 overall and 10-7 in the NSIC while NSIC North Division co-leader Northern State falls to 14-7 and 10-7 in league play.
The ‘Cats got off to a quick start, taking a 12-2 lead just over five minutes into the game as four different Wildcats scored early. Northern State got within four points at 13-9 with 11:18 to go in the half, but WSC then scored the next five points and took an 18-9 lead on a Jordan Spencer three point play with 9:41 to play in the half.
Wayne State maintained a sizeable lead for most of the half until a late run by the Wolves to close the first half made the game close at halftime. With the ‘Cats leading 24-15 with 3:18 left before halftime, Northern State closed the half on a 10-2 run and closed within one at 26-25 on a Megan Mutchler 3-pointer as time expired heading into halftime.
Addy Roller opened the second half with a basket for WSC to take a 28-25 lead, but Northern State scored the next six points and took their first lead of the game. With Northern State still leading 34-30, the ‘Cats scored eight straight and regained the lead at 38-34 on a Roller jumper with 14:05 remaining.
The Wolves then came back and held their final lead at 41-40 at the 11:50 mark when WSC went on a 10-0 run that helped the Wildcats gain momentum and take control of the game. The 10-0 run in just 2:25 gave the Wildcats a 51-41 lead with 9:25 to play. Northern State got as close as seven at 52-45, but WSC then scored the next six points to take a 13 point lead at 58-45 and went on to the 66-53 win at Northern State.
Roller and Spencer carried the scoring load for the Wildcats as Roller scored a career-high 27 points to lead Wayne State, going 9 for 15 from the field and 7 of 9 at the free throw line. Spencer followed with 24 points on 7 of 16 shooting from the floor and 10 for 11 at the foul stripe.
Wayne State finished the game making 22 of 54 shots for 40.7 percent, going 4 of 15 from the three point line and 18 for 24 at the free throw stripe.
Megan Mutchler led Northern State with 15 points followed by Sarah Hintz and Devon Brecke with 10 apiece. The Wolves shot 33.3 percent from the field on 21 of 63 including just 2 of 18 from three point range. NSU was 9 for 15 at the charity stripe.
Northern State held a 43-39 advantage in rebounding over the Wildcats with 17 offensive rebounds. Rachel Krogman had 14 caroms to lead the Wolves on the glass while Jordan Spencer had eight rebounds to lead Wayne State followed by Ashton Yossi with six.
WSC had just nine turnovers in the game compared to 13 on Northern State. Spencer and Roller each had three assists for the Wildcats while Katie Hoskins had two blocked shots.
Wayne State will visit MSU Moorhead Saturday afternoon in a 4 p.m. Northern Sun Conference contest.