Defense propels Winona State women to victory

When a scenario comes about that entails a team allowing but one field goal in the first quarter and its opponent to shoot just thirty-one percent from the floor in a game, said team should not only win, but win easily.

That is exactly how things played out on Saturday as the No. 14 Winona State women cruised to a 63-49 victory over Wayne State at McCown Gymnasium.

The Warriors held Wayne State to 1-for-12 shooting which allowed them to jump out to a 16-2 advantage after one period of play. And that defensive domination was something of a bookend for WSU (19-2, 12-2 NSIC) as they allowed a mere seven in the final stanza to close the book on a weekend sweep.

The Wildcats were able to trim the deficit to three on multiple occasions, but a late 12-0 run for Winona State sealed the deal.

Alexis Foley led the Warriors with 16 points, while Tara Roelofs had 14 to go along with four assists and three rebounds and Connor Nagle finished with 14 points, five rebounds and two steals.

Hannah McGlone paced Scott Ballard’s squad on the glass with 10 boards, the sixth time in seven contests she’s reached double-digits for rebounds, and Kayla Timmerman hauled in 10.

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