On-deck: Winona State basketball doubleheaders on Friday & Saturday
Catch Winona State women’s and men’s doubleheaders against St. Cloud State on Friday and Minnesota-Duluth on Saturday on HBC Sports.
The No. 10 Winona State women’s basketball team have won five in a row, including impressive victories last weekend over Minnesota-Crookston and Bemidji State.
Last Saturday, WSU (21-2, 14-1 NSIC) routed Crookston 96-72 on a stellar shooting night for the Warriors. Connor Nagle tied a career-high with seven 3-pointers and Winona State shot 68 percent from the field in a contest that finished with all five starters in double figures on the scoring ledger.
With a 65-56 victory the the night before, Scott Ballard won his 200th game as head coach at WSU behind a game-high 22 points from Alexis Foley.
The Winona State women are 10-1 at the friendly confines of McCown Gymnasium this season, and have an average margin of victory of 22.4 points during its current five-game winning streak.
St. Cloud State (12-8, 11-5) will enter play coming off of an 80-68 loss to Sioux Falls, but boast of four players — Chelsea Nooker (14), Lexy Petermann (13.9), Karissa LeCaptain (12.5) and Betsy MacDonald (11.1) — scoring in double figures for the season. The Huskies also have five players averaging more than five rebounds, led by LeCaptain’s 8.1 boards per.
Women’s pregame begins at 5:45 on Friday and 3:45 p.m. on Saturday.
With wins over Minnesota-Crookston (53-41) and Bemidji State (84-77) last weekend, the Winona State men’s basketball team earned its first weekend road sweep since the 2013-14 season.
Mark Blacklock led the way against Crookston on Saturday with 14 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two blocks in a game that found the Warriors allowing season lows for points against and opponent field goal percentage (24 percent). WSU (10-10, 9-7) surrendered just 10 points in the opening half en route to its third consecutive victory.
Friday’s contest featured 17 points from both Isaiah Gray and Riley Bambenek. Gray scored 16 points in the second half to spark the Warriors, while Bambenek became just the 36th Winona State men’s player to surpass the 1,000 point plateau.
St. Cloud State (11-11, 8-8) fell 98-80 in its last action against Sioux Falls, but have a pair of players having terrific seasons. Scottie Stone leads the team with 19.3 points per game, while Gage Davis drops 18.9 every time out. The tandem are the fourth and fifth-leading scorers in the league. Davis also paces the Huskies with 7.6 rebounds per game.
The men’s games are scheduled for 8 on Friday and 6 p.m. on Saturday, only on TV 25.