Late Rally Lifts WSC Women Over Winona
Posted: 23 February, 2013
WAYNE - Wayne State rallied from a 46-34 deficit with 9:14 to play as the Wildcats recorded a 53-50 Northern Sun Conference women’s basketball win Friday evening over Winona State at Rice Auditorium in Wayne. The Wildcats, who lost at Winona State earlier this season 74-35, are now tied with the Warriors for fourth place in the NSIC South Division and a chance to host a first round game next Wednesday in the NSIC Sanford Health Women’s Basketball Tournament. WSC is now 16-9 overall and 12-9 in the NSIC while Winona State falls to 18-10 and 12-9 in league play.
The Wildcats held the lead for the early part of the game, jumping out to a 10-4 advantage at the 14:39 mark following a 3-pointer by Ellen Hansen. Winona State then scored the next seven points and took their first lead of the game at 11-10 with 10:37 to go before halftime. The Warriors built a pair of four point leads in the half and led 22-18 with 5:44 left in the half before Winona State finished the half with a 25-24 lead at intermission.
Winona State got off to a quick start in the second half, scoring the first eight points to take a 33-24 lead with 17:10 remaining. After WSC got within three at 35-32 at the 14:24 mark, Winona State went on an 11-2 run over the next 5:10 and took their biggest lead of the game at 46-34 following a Katie Wolff 3-pointer with 9:14 to play.
Wayne State then scored the next 12 points and tied the score at 46-46 on a Ashton Yossi trey with 4:29 left. Winona State ended a 6:34 scoreless drought by retaking the lead at 48-46 on a Michelle Tobin layin at the 2:40 mark. On the next possession, Wayne State regained the lead on a Addy Roller 3-pointer with 2:22 remaining to make the score 49-48. Tobin sank a pair of free throws with 1:57 to play that gave Winona State the lead back at 50-49.
Jordan Spencer converted a lay in on a post move on the ensuing possession to give WSC the lead back at 51-50 with 1:43 to play. Winona State had a chance to regain the lead but missed three shots. Addy Roller was fouled with 20 seconds to play and sank two free throws to give WSC a 53-50 advantage.
Winona State then set up for the game-tying shot and Becca Friestleben missed on a 3-pointer with seven seconds left, then Katie Wolff got the offensive rebound and attempted a trey from the right wing that was blocked by Wayne State’s Jordan Spencer as the Wildcats held on for the 53-50 win.
Sophomore guard Ashton Yossi led WSC in scoring with 15 points followed by Jordan Spencer with 14. The Wildcats shot 22 of 52 from the field for 42.3 percent, going 5 of 18 from three point range and 4 for 6 at the free throw stripe.
Abby Busch and Michelle Tobin led Winona State in scoring with 15 points apiece. Tobin hauled in 11 rebounds with Busch grabbing 10 to give both players double-doubles. The Warriors shot 21 of 60 from the field for 35 percent, making 4 of 18 3-pointers and 4 of 5 at the free throw line.
Winona State held a slim 36-33 edge in rebounding over Wayne State thanks to Tobin’s 11 rebounds and 10 from Busch while Ellen Hansen and Jordan Spencer each hauled in nine boards for WSC.
WSC had 14 turnovers in the game compared to 12 on Winona State. Addy Roller had four assists for WSC while Shantel Lehmann blocked three Winona State shots.
Wayne State will conclude the regular season Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. with a Northern Sun Conference home contest against Upper Iowa University.