Warriors Sweep Minot State
A big second quarter, and a finishing fourth quarter helped the Winona State Women’s Basketball team to a 69-53 win over Minot State at McCown Gym.
The teams played to a 14-14 tie after the first quarter, but Winona State shot a blistering 60% from the field in the second quarter to pull away for good. Minot State did not lead again after the 7-minute mark of the first quarter, while the Warriors would build up a lead of 21 points late in the 4th quarter.
Minot State, though, put up a battle, having only 8 players in uniform. Four of those players scored in double figures – Whitney Molina and Madison Wald with 12 points, and Haley Hildebrand & Kari Clements with 10.
Surprisingly, Minot State led in bench points, 14-12. However, Winona State’s main players contributed early and often, especially from the 3-point line. Tara Roelofs had 19 points, connecting on 5 3-pointers, while Jenny Tuttle had 16 points on 4 3-pointers. Tuttle also tallied 7 assists. Kayla Timmerman had 10 points, and Hannah McGlone scored 6 points, but pulled down 8 rebounds.
With the win, and a loss by Sioux Falls, the Warriors moved into a half-game lead in the NSIC South at 12-3 in the Conference, 17-4 overall. Minot State fell to 1-14 in NSIC play, 3-18 overall.
The Warrior Men had another nail-biter, but pulled away in overtime for an 84-82 win over Minot State.
Scoreless droughts, which have been a problem all season, continued to plague the Warriors, allowing Minot State to stay in the game. The Warriors built a 12-point lead in the first part of the first half, but a 6-minute drought, combined with an 11-0 run by Minot made it close. The Warriors ended the first half with a 34-32 lead.
The second half was a back-and-forth battle, with Minot holding a two-point advantage. The score was tied 8 times during the game, and the lead changed hands 14 times during the game. Winona State had a chance at the end of regulation to win the game on an Isaiah Gray layup, but his shot was knocked out of bounds, sending the game to overtime.
In the extra session, the Warriors went on a 6-0 run, but once again, Minot kept the game close. The clock was not on the Beaver side, as they had to foul late to stay in the game. The Warrior one-point lead would hold, as Gray was fouled with 0.1 seconds on the clock. He hit one of two free throws, and Minot was not able to get a shot off before the final buzzer sounded.
Minot State was led by Tyler Rudolph, who had a double-double with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Nathaniel Moore had 17 points Luis Ricci Maia had 15, and Nathan Mertens had 11.
Winona State had big contributions from 4 players as well. Kyle Bauman came off the bench to score 17 points, while Tommy Gathje had 16 points and 8 rebounds. Riley Bambenek had 14 points, and Gray finished with 10.
The Warriors improve to 6-9 in NSIC play, 9-10 overall.