Big Second Half Powers CSP Over WSC Women
Posted: 27 January, 2013
ST. PAUL, MN - Concordia-St. Paul outscored Wayne State 37-21 in the second half and held the Wildcats to a season-low 27.5 percent shooting as the Golden Bears pulled away for a 57-38 Northern Sun Conference women’s basketball win over Wayne State College Saturday afternoon at the Gangelhoff Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. The NSIC first-place Golden Bears improve to 11-3 in the NSIC and 13-5 overall while WSC drops to 11-7 overall and 7-7 in the NSIC.
The first half was close with neither team holding a lead of more than four points as the two teams swapped seven lead changes and three ties. WSC held an early 10-6 lead following an Ellen Hansen 3-pointer with 13:56 to go in the half. After several lead changes, the Wildcats took their final lead at 15-14 with 4:40 left in the first half on a Jordan Spencer jumper. Concordia-St. Paul finished the half with a 6-2 run and took a 20-17 lead into halftime.
The Golden Bears held WSC scoreless for the first 4:30 of the second half as Addy Roller ended the drought on a jumper at the 15:29 mark to cut the CU lead to 25-19. The ‘Cats got as close as four at 29-25 on a Spencer jumper with 13:25 remaining. With WSC trailing 36-31 at the 11:21 mark, Concordia-St. Paul then scored the next nine points to take a 45-31 lead with 8:44 to play and the Golden Bears maintained a double digit lead the rest of the way to record the 57-38 win over Wayne State.
The lone player in double figures for Wayne State was junior forward Ellen Hansen with 11 points. Freshman Katie Hoskins and sophomore Jordan Spencer each added six points for the Wildcats. WSC was held to just 27.5 percent shooting making 14 of 51 shots. The ‘Cats were 5 for 17 from three point range and just 5 of 6 at the foul line.
Anika Whiting led Concordia-St. Paul with 15 points, 13 in the second half. Rachel Hansen and Many Poke also reached double figures for the Golden Bears with 12 and 10 points respectively. The Golden Bears made 24 of 57 shots from the field for 42.1 percent including 15 of 30 in the second half for 50 percent. CU was 4 of 16 from the three point line and 5 of 9 at the free throw stripe.
Concordia-St. Paul held a 38-34 advantage in rebounding over Wayne State as Kionda Nicks led the Golden Bears on the glass with nine caroms while Jordan Spencer grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Wildcats.
WSC had 16 turnovers in the game compared to only nine on Concordia-St. Paul. Freshman guard Addy Roller had four of Wayne State’s eight assists in the contest.
Wayne State will be at home next weekend as the Wildcats host St. Cloud State Friday night at 6 p.m. followed by a Saturday afternoon 4 p.m. contest against Minnesota Duluth.