Wildcat Women Hit School Record 17 Three Pointer In Win Over Winona State
Posted: 22 February, 2014
WINONA, MN - Wayne State College sank a school record 17 3-pointers, shooting a sizzling 65.4 percent beyond the arc, as the #11 Wildcats rolled to an 83-47 Northern Sun Conference women’s basketball win Friday evening over Winona State at McCown Gymnasium in Winona, Minnesota.
The win moves WSC to 25-3 on the season and 18-3 in the NSIC while Winona State drops to 9-16 and 5-16 in league play.
The Wildcats led the entire game and had to battle Winona State for most of the first half. But the host Warriors could not keep up with Wayne State’s torrid 3-point shooting as the Wildcats drained 10 of 14 from long range in the second half to pull away for the NSIC win.
After two early ties (5-5 and 7-7), WSC used consecutive 3-pointers by Ashton Yossi, Addy Roller and Kara Powell to take an 18-9 lead with 12:05 to go in the first half. Winona State stayed close and got within two at 27-25 with 3:40 to play before halftime, but WSC scored 10 straight points, highlighted by back-to-back 3’s from Yossi, to take a 39-27 lead at intermission.
WSC used a barrage of 3-pointers early in the second half to put the game out of reach. With Winona State trailing 42-30, the Wildcats used four consecutive treys by Millie Niggeling, Ellen Hansen, Niggeling and Yossi to take a commanding 22 point lead at 57-35 and the Wildcats had six different players make 3-pointers in the game as the Wildcats rolled to the 83-47 win over the Warriors.
10 different player scored for Wayne State, led by junior backup forward Millie Niggeling with a career-high 22 points on 9 of 12 shooting from the field. Ashton Yossi added 18 points on 6 of 9 shooting (6 for 8 from the 3-point line) while senior forward Ellen Hansen also reached double figures with 16 points on 6 of 7 shooting.
Wayne State shot 61.5 percent from the field, making 32 of 52 shots. It was the third time in the last six games that the Wildcats have shot 60 percent or better in a game. The Wildcats shot 65.4 percent from the 3-point line, making a school record 17 3’s on 26 attempts. WSC was just 2 of 4 from the foul line.
Tara Roelofs was the lone Winona State player in double figures with 17 points.
Winona State was 20 of 50 from the field for 40 percent, making 6 of 15 from the 3-point line and 3 of 7 at the free throw line.
Wayne State won the rebounding battle for just the second time in the last 11 games by a 31-22 count. Ellen Hansen grabbed nine rebounds to lead WSC and is now seventh place on the all-time rebounding list at Wayne State College with 709 career rebounds, passing Deb Nygren’s 701 rebounds from 1982-86 for seventh place all-time. Jordan Spencer added five boards for WSC.
The Wildcats had 26 assists in the game, led by sophomore guard Addy Roller with eight while Millie Niggeling handed out a career-high six.
Wayne State will close the regular season Saturday in a 4 p.m. contest at Upper Iowa. The Wildcats hold a one-game lead over Minnesota State entering the final game of the regular season and can clinch the outright NSIC regular season title for the third time in the last four years with a victory.