Clutch Free Throws Seal Game For Wildcat Women
Posted: 01 February, 2013
WAYNE - Jordan Spencer made two go-ahead free throws with 8.5 seconds to play while Ashton Yossi sealed the win with two more charity tosses with 0.4 seconds left to give the Wayne State women’s basketball team a 69-65 win Friday evening over St. Cloud State in Northern Sun Conference play at Rice Auditorium in Wayne. The host Wildcats move to 12-7 overall and 8-7 in the NSIC while the NSIC North Division leading Huskies drop to 14-5 and 10-5 in league play.
Both teams started the game slow as neither team scored in the first 2:30. After St. Cloud State’s Sam Price scored the first basket of the game at the 17:27 mark, WSC reeled off 12 straight points over the next 4:19 to take a 12-2 with 13:08 to play in the half following a basket by Ellen Hansen. WSC then took a pair of 13 point leads and was in front 19-6 following a layup by Jordan Spencer with 11:11 to go before halftime.
With WSC still leading 24-15 with 5:16 left in the half, St. Cloud State got as close as four at 24-20 on a Rachael Moen 3-pointer before WSC finished the half with Addy Roller making a layup with one second to play putting the Wildcats in front 28-22 at halftime.
The Huskies came out strong to start the second half outscoring WSC 9-2 to take a 31-30 lead on a jumper by Amanda Wagner with 17:23 left. The two teams then exchanged three ties and several lead changes until WSC put together a scoring spurt that gave the ‘Cats a nine point lead, their biggest of the second half.
With the score tied at 41-41 with 13:55 to play, WSC went on a 10-1 run over the next 2:25 to take a 51-42 lead on a pair of Kara Powell free throws with 11:30 to go in the game. The Wildcats still led by a 61-53 score with 5:04 to play when the Huskies made one final run at the Wildcats. With WSC still leading 65-58 with 1:55 remaining, SCSU scored the next seven points and tied the score at 65-65 with 35 seconds to play on a 3-pointer by Rachael Moen.
On the next possession, WSC worked the ball inside to Jordan Spencer, who was fouled with 8.5 seconds to play and made both free throws to put WSC ahead 67-65. St. Cloud State tried to work the ball inside to forward Jessica Benson, but the ‘Cats stole the ball and sophomore guard Ashton Yossi sealed the win with a pair of free throws with 0.4 remaining to give WSC the 69-65 win.
Yossi finished with a game-high 21 points to lead the Wildcats, one of four players in double figures. Freshman guard Addy Roller added 18 points and seven assists while Ellen Hansen and Jordan Spencer each accounted for 10 points. Hansen also grabbed 10 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the season.
Wayne State made 25 of 54 shots for 46.3 percent and made a season-high 11 3-pointers on 25 attempts for 44 percent. The ‘Cats were also a perfect 8 of 8 from the foul line.
St. Cloud State’s lone double figure scorer was Jessica Benson with 16 points. The Huskies were 23 for 62 from the field for 37.1 percent, going 5 of 11 from three point range and 14 of 17 at the foul line.
The Huskies out-rebounded WSC 38-31 with Lexy Petermann leading SCSU on the glass with nine while Ellen Hansen grabbed 10 rebounds for the Wildcats. WSC had 18 turnovers in the game to 15 on St. Cloud State.
The Wildcats will be at home again Saturday afternoon hosting Minnesota Duluth in a 4 p.m. Northern Sun Conference contest at Rice Auditorium.