WSU Women Sweep Weekend Home Series
From WSU Sports Information:
WINONA, Minn. – The Winona State University women’s basketball team shot the lights out of McCown Gymnasium Friday night in a rout of Minot State University, 84-46. Allie Pickrain drilled a career-best seven three-pointers as the Warriors stuffed the nets with 15 buckets from beyond the arc.
Pickrain etched herself in a fifth-place tie in program history with the seven three-pointers made while WSU’s 15 total is tied for third most all-time with its most converted threes since November 17, 2002.
The sophomore guard sank each of her first three-point attempts on the night as the Warriors looked unstoppable early from inside and outside the perimeter. WSU leveraged a significant size advantage in the post, scoring 14 points in the paint in the first quarter alone while Pickrain roamed the arc. Kayla Schaefer opened the scoring on a jumper in the lane, followed by a pair of buckets down low from Taylor Hustad that gave the Warriors the lead for the duration of the contest.
Winona State shot 77 percent from the field in the first quarter to open up a 14-point lead.
Gabie Doud joined the scoring spree in the second quarter, adding six points in the frame including a three-pointer at the end of the half to send the Warriors into the locker room with a 43-23 advantage.
Winona State continued to heat up from beyond the arc in the second half by knocking down six more triples in the third period. Doud and Julia Silloway led the charge with two apiece from downtown while Pickrain and Jenna Bruss added one each. The Beavers put together a brief six-point run early in the third quarter to cut their deficit to 14 points before Pickrain and Silloway connected from long range to halt any momentum by Minot.
Pickrain’s seventh and final three-pointer of the night opened the fourth quarter as the Warrior lead swelled to 30 points. A three-pointer by Sydney Lodermeier was the final of the tilt for WSU which made it a 40-point game before a final Beaver basket. While they were clicking on offense, the Warrior defense held Minot to just three field goals in the frame.
Winona State shot a season-high 53 percent from the field and 54 percent from beyond the arc in the ballgame.
The Warrior bench chipped in 39 points collectively as 10 different players tallied the score column. WSU forced 16 Minot turnovers which the Warriors converted into 17 points offensively. The Warriors also dominated the glass with a 36-25 rebounding edge while pulling down 13 offensive boards.
Hustad led the way with seven rebounds, including four offensively, and added eight points. Lodermeier scored all eight of her points in the fourth quarter. Fellow freshman Jennah Johnson (8) and Bruss (7) also contributed in the blowout.
Winona State improves to 12-9 (10-7 NSIC) with its fourth straight home victory while Minot State falls to 10-13 (5-12 NSIC).
Winona State University and the University of Mary went toe-to-toe Saturday afternoon inside McCown Gymnasium in a game that could have postseason implications in just three weeks when the conference tournament begins. In the end, the Warriors won their fifth straight home game with a gritty 57-54 victory over the Marauders.
Coming off a historic three-point shooting night in which the Warriors knocked down 15 treys Friday, the home team knocked down six more in the first half Saturday at a 50 percent clip against UMary. Pickrain, who drilled seven on Friday, opened the scoring for WSU on Saturday with another three-point basket.
With the Marauders leading 13-7 late in the first quarter, Gabie Doud converted the old-fashioned three-point play and followed it up with a steal on the defensive end and another bucket to put the Warriors in front 13-12. UMary would take an 18-14 advantage into the second frame before WSU got hot on both ends of the court.
The Warriors charged in front during the second quarter, showing signs of Friday night’s performance with a 5-for-7 effort in the period from beyond the arc. Kieck and Pickrain each nailed a pair of three-pointers over the final six minutes of the frame as part of an eight-point WSU run into halftime that saw the home team claim a 33-27 lead that they wouldn’t relinquish for the remainder of the contest. Meanwhile, the WSU defense limited the Marauders to just nine points in the second quarter.
UMary showed no signs of going away in the second half, outscoring Winona State 12-9 in the third period. The Warriors’ largest advantage of the night came late in the third quarter on a pair of free throws by Kieck as she reached 20 points on the night to give WSU a seven-point edge. However, the Marauders closed the frame on a four-point run to cut the Warrior lead to 42-39 heading into the fourth.
The Warrior faithful were on the edge of their seats the remainder of the game as WSU and UMary traded baskets to set up an exciting finish.
The Marauders worked their way within a single point twice in the fourth quarter but could not keep from fouling the Warriors, allowing Winona State five trips to the line in the frame. The Warriors took advantage of the opportunity sinking 8-of-10 attempts from the stripe down the stretch before escaping a last-second heave by UMary at the final buzzer.
Winona State dominated the glass with a 36-22 rebounding edge, including 10 offensive boards which led to 12 second-chance points. Senior Rachel Novotny pulled down 11 rebounds while Doud recorded eight.
The Warriors improve to 13-9 (11-7 NSIC) with their third straight win and their fifth in the last six games. UMary falls to 14-7 (12-6 NSIC).
Winona State will travel to Sioux Falls and SMSU next weekend for its final road trip of the regular season before the Warriors final homestand on February 22-23.