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Wildcat Women Overpowered By Augustana

Posted: 16 January, 2013

WAYNE - #12 Augustana held a 55-37 advantage in rebounding as the Vikings overpowered #22 Wayne State College 73-50 in Northern Sun Conference women’s basketball played Tuesday evening at Rice Auditorium in Wayne.  Augustana moves to 12-2 on the season and 8-2 in the NSIC while Wayne State falls to 10-4 and 6-4 in league play.

Addy Roller made the first basket of the game to give Wayne State an early 2-0 lead but that was the lone lead of the night for the Wildcats.  Augustana then scored the next eight points to grab an 8-2 lead.  WSC got as close as four at 12-8 followed a Kara Powell jumper at the 13:36 mark, but the Vikings scored eight of the next 10 points to take their first double digit lead of the night at 20-10 on a Andrea Whitney layup with 10:58 to play in the half.

Shantel Lehmann’s layup cut the Augustana lead to 20-12, but the Vikings held a double digit lead the rest of the first half and were in front 35-23 at halftime.

The Vikings never gave WSC a chance to get back into the game early in the second half, taking a 20 point lead at 49-29 and Augustana went on to the 73-50 win. Both teams struggled shooting the ball in the second half as each team connected on just 33.3 percent from the floor with Augustana going 13 of 39 and WSC making just 10 of 30 shots in the second half.

Wayne State was led in scoring by sophomore forward Jordan Spencer’s 14 points.  Junior reserve forward Kara Powell chipped in a career-high 12 points with junior center Shantel Lehmann adding 10 points.
The Wildcats made just 19 of 59 shots in the game for 32.2 percent, going 2 for 11 behind the three point line and 10 of 15 at the foul line.

Augustana’s top scorer was Alex Feeney with 20 points and 10 rebounds.  Lydia Nelson contributed 16 points for the Vikings who were 27 of 74 from the field for 36.5 percent.  Augustana was 8 for 20 from three point range and 11 of 13 at the foul line.

The Vikings won the rebounding battle over Wayne State 55-37 thanks to 10 caroms by Feeney while Wayne State’s top rebounder was Lehmann with nine.  WSC had 12 turnovers in the game compared to 10 on Augustana. 
Wayne State will be at home again this weekend, hosting Minot State Friday evening at 6 p.m. and the University of Mary Saturday afternoon 4 p.m.

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