Warriors women sweep pair of weekend matchups

Allison Mueller

Junior Tara Roelofs drives to the basket against Wayne State Saturday in Winona. Roelofs scored 14 points as Winona State moved 19-2 overall with a 63-49 victory. (Photo by Emma Masiulewicz)
Junior Tara Roelofs drives to the basket against Wayne State Saturday in Winona. Roelofs scored 14 points as Winona State moved 19-2 overall with a 63-49 victory. (Photo by Emma Masiulewicz)

Victoria Larson / Winonan

After suffering their second loss of the season, the Winona State University women’s basketball team has not trailed in a game since. It has been 120 game minutes since the Warriors have been behind an opponent on the scoreboard.

“I think the loss helped us re-focus,” assistant coach Ana Wurtz said. “It was nice to see that we gained some confidence back on the offensive end that night, but were reminded that we need to have that focus on both ends of the floor in order to get wins in this league.”

On Friday, the Warriors hosted Augustana University (14-5, 8-5 NSIC). By the first media timeout, all Winona State starters had scored and the team held a 19-4 lead.

Five points by Tara Roelofs capped off a 13-0 run for the Warriors before extending their run 30-2. Winona State led 42-20 into halftime.

The Warriors held Augustana to 23 percent shooting in the first half and Connor Nagle posted 11 first-half points for Winona State.

The Warriors’ lead never got below 20 points throughout the second half as they ended up with a 73-49 victory. Roelofs led the way with 16 points and four steals. Alexis Foley added 14 points, five rebounds and four assists while Nagle put in 14 points and two steals.

Kayla Timmerman put in 10 points while pulling down 14 rebounds while Hannah McGlone chipped in 10 points and 11 rebounds.

On Saturday, the Warriors scored the first nine points of the game and led the first quarter 16-2.

Nagle converted her second 4-point play of the weekend with 2:34 to play in the second quarter, giving the Warriors a 28-14 lead.

The Wildcats outscored Winona State 22-17 in the third before a technical foul was issued on the Wayne State head coach. Roelofs hit both free throws to give Winona State a four-point lead with less than a minute to go in the third.

A 12-0 run capped off by a layup by Foley allowed the Warriors to jump out to a 16-point lead and finish with a 63-49 victory.

The Warriors, who lead the NSIC in scoring defense, limited their opponent to 49 points for the second consecutive game. Wayne State connected on 31 percent (16-of-51) of its shots. Winona State shot 38 percent (23-of-60).

Foley led the team with 17 points to go along with three rebounds and two assists. Roelofs added 14 points, three rebounds and four assists, McGlone brought down 10 rebounds, while Timmerman grabbed nine of her own.

The weekend also featured an alumni game where former players met the players and their families. Head coach Scott Ballard said this event “brought back a lot of memories for them and their families.”

“It is always good for our current players to meet and show their appreciation to our alum that laid a foundation of opportunity and success for them to build on,” Ballard said.

Winona State (19-2, 12-2 NSIC) will  travel to compete against Bemidji State and Minnesota Crookston on Friday and Saturday, respectively.