Defense, rebounding lead WSU women to sixth straight win

It doesn’t take long to go from one end of the spectrum to the other. When the No. 10 Winona State women’s basketball team last took the floor, it connected on sixty-eight percent of its field goal attempts. That was not the case on Friday as the Warriors shot just thirty-five percent in a 62-51 victory over St. Cloud State at McCown Gymnasium.

The good news for a team as balanced as WSU (22-2, 15-2 NSIC), is that it doesn’t always need to light it up offensively, because they can defend and rebound with anyone.

Winona State held the Huskies to just 21 of 60 from the field and won the battle on the glass 47-35.

And got a terrific performance from Connor Nagle.

After tying a career-high with seven 3-pointers in her last game, Nagle drained six more against St. Cloud State (15-12, 12-9) to finish with a game-20 points to go along with five assists and three steals, which were also contest-bests.

The two teams were tied at 26-26 at the half, and the Huskies opened up the third quarter with a 7-0 run to take a 33-26 lead, but the Warriors stormed right back to tie it at 33 all on a Nagle triple with under seven minutes remaining in the period.

A Kayla Timmerman jumper and another Nagle 3-ball put Winona State in front 46-41 heading into the final stanza, and they never looked back.

Timmerman finished with her second double-double of the season with 16 points and equaled a career-high with 14 rebounds. Alexis Foley added 14 points and Tara Roelofs contributed 10.

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