Warriors women extend winning streak to seven to start season

It wasn’t the prettiest of games, but despite being outrebounded, the No. 11 Winona State women’s basketball team finished its nonconference schedule undefeated with an 81-50 win over Loras at McCown Gymnasium on Tuesday.

WSU (7-0) missed its first six shots to start the game, but quickly went on an 11-0 run and completed the first quarter with a 15-10 lead.

The Warriors missed Kayla Timmerman in the paint in the first 20 minutes as she rested her plantar fasciitis injury, and were outrebounded 25-15. WSU didn’t shoot well in the first half, either, knocking down just 38.6 percent of its shots from the floor , but thanks to 12 points from Connor Nagle and 13 forced turnovers (to just two by WSU), led 37-28 at the break.

Winona State picked up its play over the final two quarters to finish at 46.2 percent from the floor, won the second half rebound battle 16-11 and outscored the Duhawks 26-8 in the final quarter to pull away.

WSU scored 35 points off of 27 Loras (1-2) turnovers, and connected on 16-of-18 free throws for the contest.

Tara Roelofs led all scorers with 16 points, while Alexis Foley had 15 and Nagle added 14. Roelofs and Hannah McGlone each pulled down five rebounds for the Warriors, and Emily Wirth had four. Nagle added five steals and Emily Passint snagged three.

Winona State got 21 points off the bench, led by Passint’s seven.

With the 31-point victory, WSU completes its four-game homestand with a 37.5-point margin of victory.

Terese McMahon paced Loras with 15 points, and Lori Obendorf just missed a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds.

Winona State travels to Fayette to take on Upper Iowa to open its conference schedule on Saturday, November 28 at 4 p.m..

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