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Wildcat Women Edged By University Of Mary

Posted: 20 January, 2013

WAYNE - Despite a career-high 22 points from freshman guard Addy Roller, the #22 Wayne State College women’s basketball team fell at home Saturday evening to the University of Mary 57-54 in Northern Sun Conference action at Rice Auditorium in Wayne.  With the loss, WSC drops to 11-5 and 7-5 in the NSIC.

After three ties and two lead changes in the first 4:00 of the game, Wayne State led the rest of the first half with Mary rallying late to show Wayne State leading 27-26 at halftime.

With the score tied at 7-7, WSC scored the next seven points and took a 14-7 lead on a Roller jumper with 13:08 to play in the half.  The Wildcats took their biggest lead in the first half at eight points, 19-11, on a Kara Powell jumper with 9:57 to play before halftime. 

The Marauders then slowly chipped into the Wildcat advantage and trailed by just one point at halftime following a Shaunna Knife layup right before halftime.

WSC used a 3-pointer by Roller to open the half to take a 30-26 lead.  But Mary scored the next seven points and the Wildcats never led again.  The Marauders took a 33-30 lead thanks to WSC going scoreless for just over five minutes.  Ellen Hansen’s layup at the 14:21 mark ended the scoreless drought, bringing the ‘Cats within one at 33-32.  Mary then built an eight point lead at 49-41 with 7:01 before WSC mounted a rally.

The Wildcats held Mary without a basket for over five minutes and got within two points at 53-51 on two Ellen Hansen free throws with 3:01 remaining.  Neither team scored then until six seconds left when Mary’s Ali Collins made two free throws to put the Marauders up four at 55-51.  Hansen made a quick three for WSC to cut the lead to one at 55-54 with six seconds to play, but Collins was fouled on the inbounds and sank two clinching free throws with three seconds to play giving Mary the 57-54 win.

Wayne State’s top scorer was Addy Roller with a career-high 22 points followed by Ellen Hansen with 12.  Sophomore forward Jordan Spencer was held under double digits for the first time this season with eight points.  The Wildcats shot just 31.6 percent from the field on 18 of 57 including 7 for 18 from three point range.  WSC was 11 of 14 at the foul stripe.
Mary’s top scorer was Ali Collins with 14 points followed by Shaunna Knife with a double-double of 12 points and 14 rebounds.  The Marauders made 21 of 60 shots for 35 percent, connecting on 3 of 11 three pointers while going a perfect 12 for 12 at the free throw stripe.
The Marauders held a sizeable 50-30 advantage in rebounding over Wayne State with Knife grabbing 14 boards and Collins nine for Mary while Whitney Epp and Hansen were credited with five rebounds each for WSC.
Wayne State will be on the road next weekend, traveling to Mankato Friday evening for a 6 p.m. game at Minnesota State and St. Paul, Minnesota for a 4 p.m. game Saturday at Concordia-St. Paul.

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