On-deck: Winona State basketball doubleheaders on Friday & Saturday

Beginning on Friday, the Winona State basketball teams will host doubleheaders with Augustana and Wayne State at McCown Gymnasium, and all four games can be seen on HBC Sports.

The No. 14 women split a pair of road contests last Friday and Saturday, as they were upset by the University of Mary 83-80 on Friday and set a school record with 17 3-pointers in a 98-57 drubbing of Minot State the next day.

Against Mary, WSU (17-2, 10-2 NSIC) were down nine with less than four minutes left and set themselves up for a triple to tie it with three seconds to go, but Connor Nagle’s shot rimmed out. Nagle finished with 17 points, while Alexis Foley led the team with 21 points to go along with five rebounds and four assists. Tara Roelofs had 19 points and Kayla Timmerman poured in 13 and registered five blocks.

In the rout of Minot State, the Warriors were blistering from long range, led by Nagle’s six 3’s, but that was just a portion of their domination. Winona State dished out a season-high 27 assists and outrebounded the Beavers 47-18 and led by 45 points at one point.

Nagle was out front with 20 points, followed by Foley’s 18 and Timmerman accounted for 12. Hannah McGlone set the pace on the glass with 1o boards, while Timmerman pulled down seven.

Despite the setback on Friday, WSU continues to dominate the NSIC. Winona State leads the conference in scoring offense (76.1), scoring defense (53.9), scoring margin (+22.2), free throw percentage (80.9), field goal percentage (46.8), defensive field goal percentage (34.3) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4), and are second for 3-point field goal percentage (39.3) and third for rebounding margin (+5.5) and assists per game (15.9).

Augustana will come into the match-up with the Warriors at 14-4 overall and 8-4 in conference play, sporting a 4-2 road record. Wayne State (11-6, 8-4) have won six in a row at post time, but are just 2-5 away from home.

Pregame for the women’s game with Augustana begins at 5:45 on Friday, and 3:45 p.m. for Wayne State on Saturday.

The men experienced just the opposite in their split, defeating Mary 64-54 on Friday, but fell to Minot State 63-46 on Saturday.

Kyle Bauman picked up his third double-double of the season with a game-high 18 points and career-high 14 rebounds, and Isaiah Gray went for 13 points, eight boards and three assists in the WSU (7-9, 6-6) victory.

Against Minot State, however, the previous night’s success did not carry over. Winona State connected on just one 3-pointer in the game and managed just six field goals in the second half. Conrad Masberg scored a team-best 14 points and Mark Blacklock notched 10 to go along with eight rebounds.

Augustana (15-1, 12-0) are ranked second in Division II, and have won 15 straight after dropping its season opener. The Vikings are loaded as Daniel Jansen is second in the league in scoring (20.1 points per game) and third in rebounding (8.1), and Casey Schilling is seventh in the conference at 18.2 points per and tops for rebounding (9.5). Alex Richter is the NSIC’s top 3-point shooter at 59.7 percent (40-for-67) and Jordan Spencer leads the league with 115 assists. Wayne State, meanwhile, are 4-13 overall and 2-10 in NSIC play at post time.

The men’s game on Friday is slated for an 8 o’clock start, with Saturday’s game scheduled to get underway at 6 p.m., only on TV 25!

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