Winona State Bests Waldorf In A Battle Of Warriors

In their final tune-up before the start of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference season, the Winona State Warrior Women’s Basketball team was tested early, but pulled away in a battle of Warriors for an 88-63 win to round out their non-conference schedule.

Waldorf was ready to play in the early stages of the game, as Michaela Graffunder hit 2 3-pointers in the opening minutes of the game to give Waldorf an 8-5 lead.  Those would be the only 3’s made by Graffunder in the game, and Winona State would recover.  Alyssa Jurges hit a 3 for Winona State with 4:51 remaining in the first quarter, and that would prove to be a lead that Winona State would not relinquish.

Winona State led at the end of the First Quarter, 25-21, but the stats were fairly even.  Both teams shot 50% from the field, rebounds were even, and free throws had a slight edge to Waldorf.  Winona State, though, committed just one turnover, and they continued taking care of the ball for the rest of the game.

Hannah McGlone and Rachel Novotny almost single-handedly topped Waldorf, as both Winona State post players scored 20 points.  McGlone notched a double-double, pulling down 17 rebounds, 2 shy of tying her career best mark, and 3 shy of tying the Winona State record for most rebounds in a game.  McGlone also had 5 blocks, an assist and a steal.  Novotny was 10-of-11 from the field for her 20 points, and added 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks and a steal.

Allie Pickrain added 10 points, and has scored in double digits in 3 of her first four games in a Warrior uniform.

Winona State out-rebounded Waldorf 42-33, and committed just 8 turnovers, compared to 14 for Waldorf.

The Waldorf Warriors were led by Samantha Birkes who had 13 points, and Taylor Fricke had 12.

Winona State moves to 4-0 on the season, winning their first 4 games for the first time since the 2013-14 season.  Next up for Winona State is their NSIC opener against Upper Iowa on November 25th at 2pm in Fayette, IA.

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