Vikings Sweep Warriors
A home court winning streak for the Winona State University Women’s Basketball team came to an end, as the Augustana Vikings defeated the Warriors 80-63. The Warriors had won their last 15 games at McCown Gymnasium, before falling to the Vikings. It was also the first time this season that the Warriors had allowed more than 70 points to an opponent.
The Warriors would only hold a lead in the game for 2 minutes an 15 seconds, early on. After the first quarter, Augustana would hold a 23-17 lead, one that they would not surrender.
The Warriors would be hot and cold throughout the game, shooting 53% in the 1st, 23% in the 2nd, 62% in the 3rd, and then 27% in the final quarter.
While Augustana would not keep up their 60% shooting from the opening quarter, they ended the game at 51% scoring.
3-pointers would be the difference, as Augustana hit on 9 of 25 shots, while Winona State would get just 4 of 16. Bench scoring was also lopsided, 38-14 in favor of the Vikings.
Jenny Tuttle led the Warriors with 18 points, while Tara Roelofs would just miss out on a double-double with 10 points and 8 rebounds.
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Winona State is now 11-3 in the NSIC, 16-4 overall. Augustana is 10-4, and 15-6.
The Warriors will remain at home next weekend, taking on Minot State and Mary on January 27th and 28th.
The Warrior Men had another lead go by the wayside in a heartbreaking 73-71 loss to Augustana.
Winona State had one of their best first halves of the season, leading the defending National Champions 41-33 at the half. The Warriors shot 57% from the field, 5-of-12 from the 3-point line, and 4-5 from the free throw line.
With the exception of free throws, those numbers went down in the second half, while the Viking offense improved.
Jordan Spencer went over the 1000 point mark in his Viking career, with 22 points.
Winona State saw a 13-point second half lead go away, but they had a chance at the end of the game, on a play that would send the referees to the instant replay review monitor.
Down by 3, Riley Bambenek was fouled on a 3-point attempt just at the buzzer. The referees took a second look at the play, and determined that Bamenek was indeed fouled before the clock hit zero, and was awarded 3 free throws. Bambenek hit the first shot, but missed the second two, as Augustana held on to the win.
Tommy Gathje led the Warriors with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Connor Flack had 13 points and 6 boards, Isaiah Gray had 13 points, and Bambenek finished with 10.
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The Warriors are now 5-9 in the NSIC, 8-10 overall, and 4-5 at home. Augustana is 9-5 in Conference, 14-6 overall.