On-deck: Winona State basketball doubleheaders on Friday & Saturday
Winning streaks will be on the line when the Winona State basketball teams suit up for the final homestand of the regular season on Friday and Saturday.
Minnesota State will take on the Warriors this Friday, while Concordia-St. Paul will visit McCown Gymnasium on Saturday, and both doubleheaders will be carried by TV 25.
The No. 9 Winona State women (23-2, 16-2 NSIC) have a stellar 12-1 home record this season and have won each of its last seven contests.
Connor Nagle has been on fire from beyond the arc, connecting on at least six 3-pointers in each of her past three games for a Warriors team looking to win its first Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference regular season championship.
Winona State held Minnesota-Duluth to just 24.6 percent shooting in a 57-46 win on February 6, led by Kayla Timmerman’s 10 points and 10 rebounds, her second consecutive double-double.
The Warriors were absolutely dominant in a 62-51 win over St. Cloud State on February 5, holding the Huskies to just 35 percent from the floor and won the battle of the boards 47-35.
WSU leads the league in scoring margin, scoring defense and defensive field goal percentage, as well as free throw and field goal percentage. Winona State also ranks second in the NSIC for 3-point field goal percentage.
Four players are scoring in double figures, led by Alexis Foley’s 15 points per game. The senior guard is joined by Timmerman (12.7), Tara Roelofs (12.6) and Nagle (11.7).
Timmerman (7.3) and Hannah McGlone (7.4) also account for nearly 15 rebounds per game, while Foley and Nagle team for 7.3 assists per.
Pregame for the WSU women’s games begin at 5:45 for Minnesota State on Friday, and 3:45 p.m. for Concordia-St. Paul on Saturday.
The Winona State men couldn’t have picked a better time to heat up, they have won five in a row as they embark on the final four games of the regular season.
WSU (12-10, 11-7) are 7-3 on its home floor this season, and have been getting strong contributions up and down the roster.
The Warriors dished out a season-high 22 assists in an 81-60 win over Minnesota-Duluth on February 6, and got solid production from Kyle Bauman and Riley Bambenek, who went for 19 and 17 points, respectively. Bauman added eight rebounds and Bambenek, who is the 36th player in the history of the men’s program with 1,000 points, accounted for a game-high six assists.
Led by Isaiah Gray’s 21 points, five rebounds, two steals and two assists, WSU shot 60 percent from the floor and accumulated its most points since November of 2011 in a 96-78 win over St. Cloud State on February 5.
Bambenek poured in 16 to go along with five rebounds and four assists and Bauman had 16 points and six boards, while Mark Blacklock just missed a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds. Connor Flack came off the bench to deliver nine points and five assists.
Bauman, Bambenek, Flack, Josh Mongan and Tommy Gathje have combined to shoot 42.7 percent (103-for-241) from 3-point range, and when they are converting from long range, it only enhances the effect of Winona State’ scoring defense, which is the best in the league.
The Winona State men are scheduled to take the floor against Minnesota State at 8 o’clock on Friday, and will face Concordia-St. Paul at 6 p.m. on Saturday, only on TV 25.