WSC Women Power Past Bemidji St.
Posted: 13 January, 2013
BEMIDJI, Minn. - Sophomores Jordan Spencer and Ashton Yossi combined for 51 points while leading Wayne State to a season-high 89 points as the #22 Wildcats cruised to an 89-68 Northern Sun Conference women’s basketball win over Bemidji State Saturday evening played at the BSU Gymnasium in Bemidji, Minnesota. WSC is now 10-3 overall and 6-3 in the NSIC while the host Beavers slip to 6-7 on the season and 2-7 in league play.
The Wildcats used stellar shooting, making 15 of 27 shots for 56 percent, and strong defense – forcing Bemidji State into 18 first half turnovers – to take a 46-24 lead at halftime. The game was close early, but WSC went on a 9-0 run over a span of two minutes making a 7-6 lead turn into 16-6 with 13:00 to play in the first half. With WSC still leading 24-14 at the 9:34 mark, the ‘Cats scored seven straight points to go in front 31-14 with 6:50 to play in the half.
Sophomore forward Jordan Spencer scored eight straight points for the ‘Cats, giving WSC a 37-20 lead with 2:49 to go before halftime. Freshman reserve guard Whitney Olson was a big spark for the ‘Cats offensively to close the first half, draining a pair of three pointers down the stretch, including one with eight seconds left in the half, giving Wayne State a 46-24 lead at halftime.
WSC came out strong to start the second half, putting to rest any chance of a Beaver comeback. An 11-1 run to start the half by the Wildcats saw Ellen Hansen and Ashton Yossi bury 3-pointers while Spencer contributed a pair of jumpers and a free throw as WSC took a 57-25 lead with 16:42 to go in the game. The Wildcats maintained a lead of 25 points or more for much of the game as the WSC bench saw plenty of minutes in the second half with the Wildcats finishing with a season-high 89 points in the 89-68 win over Bemidji State.
Yossi and Spencer both posted impressive statistic lines to lead Wayne State offensively. Yossi ended with a career-high 26 points, going 11 for 16 from the field and 4 of 9 behind the three point line while Spencer followed her career-high 27 point effort from Friday evening at Minnesota, Crookston with 25 points against Bemidji State on 8 of 12 shooting from the field and a 9 for 13 effort from the foul line. Junior forward Ellen Hansen chipped in 10 points and 12 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season.
WSC finished the game making 26 of 54 shots from the field for 48 percent. The ‘Cats made a season-high nine three pointers, going 9 for 22 beyond the arc, and also drained a season-high 28 free throws in 35 attempts for 80 percent.
Bemidji State’s top scorer was junior center Katie Warmack with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Morgan Lee and Emily Kaus also scored in double figures with 11 and 10 points respectively. The Beavers made 27 of 69 shots from the field for 39 percent, going just 2 of 17 from the three point line while making 12 of 18 free throws.
Bemidji State held a 43-37 advantage in rebounding over Wayne State. Warmack led the Beavers on the boards with 11 while Hansen hauled in 12 caroms for WSC. Bemidji State had 22 turnovers in the game compared to 15 on the Wildcats. Freshman guard Addy Roller tied a season-high with seven assists while Hansen was credited with five steals and four assists.
The Wildcats will be at home Tuesday evening hosting #13 Augustana College in a Top 25 showdown at Rice Auditorium with tip off slated for 6 p.m.