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Late Surge Lifts Sioux Falls Women Over Wayne State

Posted: 17 February, 2013

WAYNE - The University of Sioux Falls outscored Wayne State 22-4 in the final six minutes to pull away for a 81-63 Northern Sun Conference women’s basketball victory over the Wildcats Saturday afternoon at the Stewart Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.  USF is now 12-12 overall and 9-11 in the NSIC following the win while WSC stumbles to 15-9 and 11-9 in league play.
            The host Cougars opened the game with an early 7-2 lead, but WSC came back and took their first lead at 11-10 with 11:13 to play in the first half following back-to-back buckets from junior forward Ellen Hansen.  USF then went on an 14-5 run and took their biggest lead of the first half at 24-18 on a Jaicee Ulmer 3-pointer with 5:31 to go before halftime.
            Wayne State closed the first half strong with a run of their own as the ‘Cats went on a 10-4 run and regained the lead at 30-28 on a Shantel Lehmann jumper with 1:59 to go in the half.  The ‘Cats took a 34-30 lead before finishing the half leading 34-32.
             Sioux Falls began the second half with a 10-2 run to regain the lead from WSC at 42-37 with 13:36 left.  After WSC scored the next four points and pulled within one on a Jordan Spencer jumper at 42-41, the Cougars pushed the lead back up to eight at 49-41 with 12:36 remaining.  Wayne State stormed back with an 11-2 run and took their final lead of the game at 52-51 on a Spencer layup at the 8:43 mark. 
            The two teams battled back and forth and the score was tied at 59-59 following an Ashton Yossi fast break layup with 5:52 to play.  The Cougars then took control of the game scoring 14 straight points, 10 by Laura Johnson, over the next 2:34 to take a 74-59 lead and WSC scored just four points in the final six minutes as Sioux Falls pulled away for the 81-63 win.
            Addy Roller, Jordan Spencer and Ashton Yossi each scored 13 points to lead Wayne State in scoring followed by Ellen Hansen with 11.  The Wildcats shot just 35.5 percent from the field, going 22 of 62.  WSC was 5 for 15 from the three point line and 14 of 18 (77.8%) at the free throw stripe.
            Sioux Falls was led by Alyssa Rushton with 22 points for the Cougars.  Laura Johnson added 16 points to go along with 13 rebounds for a double-double while Kelli Hoff and Bailey Bouman contributed 11 points apiece.  USF made 29 of 57 shots from the field for 50.9 percent, canning 13 of 20 3-pointers for a sizzling 65 percent from outside the arc.  The Cougars also fared well at the foul line making 10 of 11 free throws.
            USF outrebounded the Wildcats 41-31 thanks to 13 caroms from Johnson while Jordan Spencer was Wayne State’s top rebounder with eight boards.  WSC had just 11 turnovers in the game to 18 by Sioux Falls.  Roller handed out a team-high five assists and also recorded three steals for the Wildcats.
            The Wildcats will close out the regular season at home next weekend, hosting Winona State Friday evening at 6 p.m. and Upper Iowa Saturday afternoon in a 4 p.m. contest at Rice Auditorium.

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