Warrior Women’s Basketball ends 2018 with a Win Over UIU
The Warrior women’s basketball team dominated on the hardwood to finish 2018 with a win on the road over the Upper Iowa University Peacocks.
FAYETTE, Iowa – Hot shooting and stellar defense propelled Winona State University to a decisive 73-45 triumph at Upper Iowa University on Sunday evening to conclude the 2018 portion of the Warriors’ calendar year. The Warriors carried a 16-point lead into halftime and cruised to their largest margin of victory this season.
Winona State’s 28-point win was its largest since defeating Upper Iowa by 26 points at home to begin conference play four weeks ago. The Warriors improve to 6-4 (4-2 NSIC) while handing Upper Iowa (3-11, 0-6 NSIC) its seventh straight loss.
WSU put together its offensive performance of the season thus far, shooting over 49 percent from the field and a 45 percent clip from beyond the arc.
Upper Iowa’s only lead of the contest was a 2-1 advantage in the opening minutes of the first frame before the Warriors responded with a 10-point run to go on top 11-2 on a three-pointer by Gabie Doud. The Peacocks closed their deficit to three points late in the period before Emily Kieck sank a pair of free throws to give Winona State a 15-10 edge going into the second period.
Doud knocked down two straight baskets to begin the second frame and the route was on from there. Rachel Novotny and Kayla Schaefer each hit baskets along with a three-pointer from Kieck in the midst of a 11-point WSU run to open the period and the Warriors led by double digits for the remainder of the ballgame.
While the Warrior offense was running up the score, the defense limited the home team to just seven points in the frame as Winona State coasted into the break with a 33-17 lead.
A three-pointer by Allie Pickrain stretched the WSU lead to 25 points late in the fourth quarter before Jennah Johnson and Jenna Bruss each chipped in baskets off the bench. Freshman Sydney Lodermeier cashed in the final points of the day with yet another bucket from three-point range.
A trio of Warriors led the offensive charge as Kick (16), Doud (15) and Schaefer (13) all scored in double figures. Taylor Hustad paced WSU with five rebounds.
The Warriors return home in the New Year to host Minnesota State Moorhead and Northern State next weekend in McCown Gymnasium on January 4-5.
Both games will be televised live on HBC TV 25. Coverage begins Friday night at 5:15 pm with coverage on Saturday beginning at 3:15 pm.