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#11 Wayne State Women Clinch Third NSIC Regular Season Title in Last Four Years with 78-56 Win at Upper Iowa

Posted: 23 February, 2014

Junior reserve forward Jaylan Spencer led a balanced scoring attack with 16 points to lead the #11 Wayne State College women's basketball team to its third Northern Sun Conference regular season title in the last four years with a 78-56 win Saturday evening over Upper Iowa at Dorman Gymnasium in Fayette, Iowa.
The Wildcats are now 26-3 overall and finish NSIC regular season play with a 19-3 league mark, while the host Peacocks drops to 5-21 and 4-18 in the NSIC.

Wayne State got off to a quick start, taking a 14-0 lead while holding the host Peacocks scoreless for the first eight minutes of the game before UIU scored. The 'Cats held a 16-4 lead when leading scorer Jordan Spencer picked up her second foul with 11:10 to play.

Upper Iowa started to make a run at the Wildcats late in the first half. With WSC leading 24-13 with 6:56 left before halftime, the Peacocks went on an 11-4 run to pull within four at 28-24 with 3:28 before intermission. The Wildcats then finished the half strong on a 10-3 run as Jaylan Spencer capped a strong first half off the bench with a jumper right before the horn to give Wayne State a 38-27 lead at halftime.

Jaylan Spencer was 7 of 9 from the field in the first half and poured in 14 points as WSC shot 15 of 30 from the field in the first half for 50 percent.

WSC used a 10-0 run early in the second half to finish off the Peacocks as Ashton Yossi scored five straight points followed by back-to-back baskets from Jordan Spencer to put the 'Cats ahead 48-30 with 16:56 remaining. The Wildcats increased the lead to 26 points at 62-36 with 11:00 to play as Wayne State finished with the 78-56 win to clinch the team's third NSIC regular season title in the last four seasons.

Jaylan Spencer was one of four Wildcats in double figures scoring 16 points off the bench, going 8 for 11 from the field. Jordan Spencer followed with 14 points, while Ellen Hansen and Addy Roller also reached double digits with 12 and 10 points respectively.

Wayne State shot 30 of 56 from the field for 53.6 percent, marking the 11th game this season that the Wildcats shot 50 percent or better from the field. WSC was 4 of 13 from the 3-point line and 14 for 19 at the free throw stripe in the win.

For Upper Iowa, Carly Pagel produced a game-high 20 points followed by Lauren Buck with 13 points and Whitney Kieffer with 11. The Peacocks made 23 of 61 shots from the field for 37.7 percent, going 3 for 13 from beyond the arc and 7 of 13 at the charity stripe.

Wayne State outrebounded Upper Iowa 37-32 with Ashton Yossi matching a career-high with nine caroms followed by Ellen Hansen with seven. Upper Iowa's top rebounder was Carly Pagel with eight.

WSC had just six turnovers in the game with Upper Iowa making 10. Yossi, Addy Roller and Jordan Spencer were each credited with four assists for the Wildcats, while Ellen Hansen had two of Wayne State's five blocks.           

Wayne State will host a first round game Wednesday evening in the NSIC/Sanford Health Women's Basketball Tournament, entertaining Bemidji State in a 7 p.m. contest at Rice Auditorium in Wayne.



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