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WSC Women Win Big Over SMSU

Posted: 16 February, 2013

WAYNE - Wayne State opened the second half with an 11-0 run in the opening 4:30 as the Wildcats broke open a close game to record a 59-40 Northern Sun Conference women’s basketball victory Friday evening over Southwest Minnesota State played at the R/A Facility in Marshall, Minnesota.  The Wildcats improve to 15-8 overall and 11-8 in the NSIC while the host Mustangs fall to 4-21 and 2-17 in the league.
            The first half was close as the opening 20 minutes featured three ties and four lead changes neither team leading by more than five points.  WSC opened the game with a quick 5-0 lead thanks to a 3-pointer by Ellen Hansen and a layup from Ashton Yossi.  SMSU responded with the next six points and took a 6-5 lead.  The Mustangs had their final lead of the game at 10-8 with 13:02 remaining in the first half following an Alison Nagel layup.  The Wildcats then scored the next six points and grabbed a 14-10 lead on a fast break layup by Yossi with 10:43 to go before halftime.
            SMSU came back and forced the game’s final tie at 16-16 on a Hannah Beeler layup with 6:55 left in the half.  The ‘Cats pushed the lead back to five at 21-16 before SMSU got within one at 21-20 before WSC finished the half with a 24-22 lead.
            Freshman guard Addy Roller opened the second half with back-to-back treys to give WSC a 30-22 lead forcing an early SMSU timeout.  The ‘Cats used a Yossi layup and a free throw and basket from Jordan Spencer to cap the 11-0 run to open the second half as WSC took a 35-22 lead with 15:53 to play.  SMSU never got closer than 11 points the rest of the half as WSC maintained a double digit lead the entire second half thanks to strong field goal shooting, making 15 of 26 shots in the second half for 57.7 percent, as the Wildcats pulled away for the 59-40 victory.
            Ashton Yossi led a balanced scoring attack for the Wildcats with 18 points, going 8 for 16 from the field.  She also added five steals and four assists in the win.  Addy Roller contributed 12 points and tied a career-high with seven assists while sophomore forward Jordan Spencer contributed 11 points for Wayne State.
            Wayne State shot 25 of 50 from the field for 50 percent, marking just the third time this season the Wildcats have shot 50 percent or better from the floor.  The ‘Cats were 5 for 16 from three point range while making just 4 of 10 free throws.
            Ellen Degler was the lone Southwest Minnesota State player in double figures with 10 points.  The Mustangs made 18 of 55 shots from the field for 32.7 percent, going 1 of 12 from the three point line and 3 for 4 at the charity stripe.
            Wayne State won the rebounding battle over the Mustangs 37-28 thanks to a game-high eight rebounds from Kara Powell followed by Shantel Lehmann with seven caroms.  Alison Nagel and Jessie Watts led SMSU on the glass with five boards each.
            WSC had 17 turnovers in the game compared to 15 on Southwest Minnesota State.  Roller had seven of Wayne State’s 16 assists in the game while Yossi recorded five of the Wildcats’ 10 steals.
            Wayne State will be in action again Saturday afternoon visiting the University of Sioux Falls in a 4 p.m. contest.

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