Wayne State College shot a season-high 62.5 percent (25 of 40) from the field, including a season-best 12 for 18 from 3-point range, to help offset 21 turnovers as the #9 Wildcats defeated Minnesota Duluth 81-69 Saturday evening in Northern Sun Conference women’s basketball played at Romano Gymnasium in Duluth, Minnesota. The Wildcats move to 21-2 overall and remain in first place in the NSIC with a 14-2 record.
With the exception of one possession early in the first half, Wayne State led the entire game. The ‘Cats took an early 9-3 advantage, but Minnesota Duluth responded with an 8-2 run to force the game’s lone tie at 11-11 with 12:55 to go before halftime. Wayne State used three straight 3-pointers from Addy Roller, Kara Powell and Michaela Barry and a Shantel Lehmann layup to build a 22-14 lead at the 9:19 mark. UMD cut the WSC lead to one at 28-27 with 5:09 left in the first half, but the Wildcats closed the half with a 16-4 run, highlighted by 3-pointers from Powell, Roller and Ashton Yossi, to take a 44-31 lead at halftime.
Minnesota Duluth got within three early in the second half at 48-45 following a Danielle Flood jumper with 14:48 remaining. WSC responded and built the lead back to nine points at 61-52 on a Whitney Olson trey with 9:44 left. But the Bulldogs had one more rally at the Wildcats and pulled within one at 61-60 with 7:48 to go. Wayne State got 3-pointers from Millie Niggeling and Yossi and a free throw by Jordan Spencer to extend the lead back to eight at 68-60.
Wayne State will be at home next weekend to start a four-game home stand, hosting Upper Iowa Friday evening at 6 p.m. and Winona State Saturday beginning at 4 p.m. in Rice Auditorium.
Story courtesy of Wayne State Athletics.