Warrior Men And Women Complete Weekend Sweep
Jenny Tuttle continued her hot shooting from long distance, as the Winona State Warrior Women’s Basketball team defeated Mary 65-47.
Tuttle set a new career high, with 5 3-pointers in the game, and finished the weekend 9-of-18 from the three-point stripe. Tuttle had 19 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals against the Marauders.
All of that almost didn’t happen – the first basket of the game didn’t come until a little over 2 and a half minutes had expired in the first quarter. Mary ended up with a 12-10 lead after the first quarter.
Winona State found their stroke in the second quarter, taking a three-point lead at the half.
The third quarter would be the breakout session for the Warriors. They shot 69% from the field, building at 50-39 lead. The Warrior defense would hold Mary to just 8 points in the fourth quarter, as the Warriors cruised to the win.
Winona State also forced 18 turnovers on the Marauders, scoring 21 points off turnovers.
Besides Tuttle, the Warriors received 12 points from Tara Roelofs, 11 from Hannah McGlone, and 9 points & 7 rebounds from Liz Evenocheck.
The Warriors improve to 13-3 in the NSIC, 18-4 overall.
Four players scored in double-figures for the Warrior Men, and an early lead held up as Winona State defeated Mary 85-79, completing a weekend sweep for both Warrior Basketball programs.
The Warriors built a 6 point lead in the first half, out-shooting Mary 53% to 39% from the floor.
The second half was a messy one for both teams. After just 11 fouls were called in the first half, the teams combined for 31 fouls in the second half, including 2 technical fouls called on Mary. The Warriors shot 20+ free throws for just the 5th time this season, going 16-21 from the stripe. Mary was 26-32 from the line.
The Warriors used balanced scoring from four players to withstand the one-two punch of the Marauders’ Damonta Henry and Bryan Jefferson, who scored 26 and 22 points respectively, while the rest of the team had just 31 points combined. WSU was led by Isaiah Gray, who had 19 points. Tommy Gathje, Riley Bambenek and Kyle Bauman all contributed 16 points.
The Warriors moved to .500 on the season, at 10-10, 7-9 in conference play, and are now 6-5 at home. Mary is now 6-10 in the NSIC, 8-14 overall.
The Warrior Women and Men will be on the road next weekend, taking on Minnesota State Moorhead and Northern State.