Wildcat Women Bested In First Round Of NSIC Tournament
Posted: 28 February, 2013
ABERDEEN, S.D. - Wayne State could not overcome a 44-26 rebounding deficit and a career-high 22 points by Northern State’s Sadie Stotesbery as the Wolves topped the Wildcats 69-59 Wednesday evening in the first round of the NSIC/Sanford Health Women’s Basketball Tournament played at Wachs Arena in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Northern State snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Wildcats dating back to February 1, 2008 and improves to 16-11 on the season while Wayne State ends the season with a 17-10 record.
The Wildcats got off to a strong start, making four of their first six shots from the field while taking a 14-7 lead following an Ashton Yossi layup at the 14:02 mark. Northern State then scored the next 10 points and held Wayne State without a basket for the next 5:50 as the Wolves took a 17-14 lead.
The game stayed close until the Wolves put together another scoring spurt at the end of the half giving Northern State a double digit lead. With WSC trailing 23-21 following a Jordan Spencer basket with 3:40 to go in the half, the Wolves went on an 11-2 run to close the half and took a commanding 34-23 lead at halftime.
The Wolves opened the second half scoring the first six points and took a 40-23 lead before WSC finally scored at the 16:12 mark on a Yossi 3-pointer. WSC trailed by double figures for most of the second half and cut Northern’s lead under double digits for the first time in the half at the 9:42 mark when Addy Roller made a layup to pull the ‘Cats within 51-42. The closest WSC could get was eight points at 55-47 on a Roller 3-pointer with 6:39 remaining. Northern State then staved off any chance of a Wildcat comeback by making 15 of 16 free throws in the second half as the Wolves defeated the Wildcats 69-59 ending Wayne State’s season.
Jordan Spencer led Wayne State in scoring with 16 points followed by Addy Roller with 15 and Ashton Yossi 12. The Wildcats shot just 33.9 percent from the field, making 19 of 56 shots and only 5 of 22 from three point range. WSC was 16 of 19 at the free throw stripe.
Northern State was paced by 6-2 sophomore center Sadie Stotesbery’s career-high 22 points. Sophomore forward Rachel Krogman added 20 pointsand Megan Mutchler had 13 for the Wolves. NSU was 26 of 54 from the field for 48.1 percent, going 0 for 5 from the three point line. The Wolves were 17 for 21 at the charity stripe.
The Wolves held a commanding 44-26 advantage on the glass over the Wildcats thanks to 12 caroms by Mutchler and 10 from Krogman while Wayne State’s top rebounder was Shantel Lehmann with eight followed by Ellen Hansen with six.
WSC had 15 turnovers in the game compared to 19 on the Wolves. Roller was credited with three assists to top WSC while Yossi had four steals with Katie Hoskins recording both blocked shots for the Wildcats.