Warrior Women Split Weekend With Golden Bears, Mavericks
Looking for their 7th 20-win season under Head Coach Scott Ballard, the Winona State Warrior Women’s Basketball team took the court on Friday against the Concordia-St. Paul Golden Bears, starting their final home weekend of the regular season.
The Warriors led from wire-to-wire, and defeated the Golden Bears, 69-59 on Parents’ Night at McCown Gymnasium.
Jenny Tuttle led the Warriors with 16 points, Hannah McGlone picked up her 8th double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds, Kayla Timmerman had 15 points and 6 rebounds, and Tara Roelofs had 12 points.
The Golden Bears were led by Anna Schmitt and Mishayla Jones, who both scored 16 points. Jones went over the 1000 point mark in her Golden Bear career, becoming the 27th player in Concordia-St. Paul history to reach that mark.
Thanks to a Sioux Falls loss, the #23 Warriors (20-5, 15-5) took sole possession of first place in the NSIC South Division. The Golden Bears fall to 13-6 in the NSIC, 17-8 overall.
The next night, Winona State honored their Senior players, as 5 Warriors – Tara Roelofs, Kayla Timmerman, Jenny Tuttle, Jenny Weiland and Emily Wirth would take the McCown Gym floor for their last time during the regular season.
A back-and-forth battle with Minnesota State University ensued, but deficits in the first and fourth quarters sent the Warriors to a 78-71 loss to the Mavericks. In this highly-contested game, the lead changed hands 11 times, and the score was tied 5 times.
Four Warriors, including two of the Seniors, scored in double-figures. Hannah McGlone led the way with 16 points, Jenny Tuttle had 14, Jenny Weiland had 13 and Liz Evenocheck finished with 10 points.
Winona State was forced into 22 turnovers in the game, 7 coming in the first quarter, when the Mavericks shot out of the gate with a quick-strike offense, and full-court defense that shocked the Warriors early on. The Mavericks returned to that formula in the final frame, leading them to a win.
Again, Sioux Falls lost on Saturday, dropping a key weekend series against Augustana and Wayne State, to fall into a 3rd Place tie in the NSIC South with Wayne State. Concordia-St. Paul is just a game behind them, sitting in 5th Place. The Warriors (20-6, 15-6), are in a 1st Place tie with Augustana. Winona State will end the regular season on the road, taking on the Vikings on Feb. 17, and the Wildcats on Feb. 18. Sioux Falls will play Concordia-St. Paul and Minnesota State this weekend, meaning everything is up for grabs in the final games of the regular season. The top 4 seeds in the NSIC South will host first-round playoff games, when the post-season starts on February 22.