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Women’s basketball faces defeat in North Dakota

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Junior guard Liz Evenocheck surges towards the basket at an exhibition game against the University of St. Mary's in McCown Gymnasium on Saturday, Nov. 4.

Junior guard Liz Evenocheck surges towards the basket at an exhibition game against the University of St. Mary's in McCown Gymnasium on Saturday, Nov. 4.

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Junior guard Liz Evenocheck surges towards the basket at an exhibition game against the University of St. Mary's in McCown Gymnasium on Saturday, Nov. 4.

Mitchell Breuer, Sports Reporter

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After starting the season off with 13 wins and one loss, the Winona State University women’s basketball record now stands at 13-7. The team lost both of their games this weekend.

For the second straight weekend, the team had to go through two road games, starting with a game at Minot State University on Friday, Jan. 26.

The game started off close, as the Warriors outscored the Beavers 21-15 during the second quarter, ending the first half down by five points.

However, it was the third quarter that put the Warriors in a difficult position. During the period the team suffered four turnovers, only making one of their 13 shots, putting up just three points to the Beavers’ 18.

Down by 20, the Warriors were unable to mount a comeback during the fourth quarter, and the game ended with a score of 76-50.

Despite the loss, the team did see positives through plays by first-year Allie Pickrain and senior Hannah McGlone.

Pickrain shot 50 percent (making seven of her 14 shots), which included six three-pointers, along with her contributions on defense of two steals. McGlone produced similar stats. Like Pickrain, she converted 50 percent of her shots (making three of her six shots), in addition to her two blocks on defense.

Moving into Saturday, the team remained in North Dakota, and traveled to Bismark to take on the University of Mary.

After a strong first half, where Winona shot for an impressive 58 percent, Pickrain and junior Kayla Schaefer scored 11 and 10 points respectively for the team. The team performed well enough to enter halftime with a two-point lead, and it looked like the losing streak was going to come to an end.

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Junior guard Kayla Schaefer looks to pass the ball too a teammate at an exhibition game against the University of St. Mary’s on Saturday, Nov. 4 in McCown Gymnasium.

That would not be the case, as the third quarter proved to be a weak spot for the team again, only putting up six points to Mary’s 21. The Warriors couldn’t get anything rolling during the second half. After starting off shooting well, the Warriors made just over 20 percent of their shots during the final two quarters. The game ended with a score of 81-64 in favor of the Marauders.

Despite this weekend’s outcomes, the team’s leading scorer, McGlone, still has a positive attitude moving forward.

“After this weekend’s games, we are doing a lot of things really well,” McGlone said. “When you come out of a weekend like the past one, you learn from the mistakes you made and then start to get ready for the next game.”

After two weekends away and four games on the road, the team is looking forward to staying at home for this weekend’s upcoming games.

“After being on the road you really appreciate being at home,” McGlone said. “You always want to protect your home court, so this being a home weekend, I know our team will be focused this week at practice and ready to go come Friday.”

The first of two games at home will be played Friday, Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. against Minnesota State University Moorhead. On Saturday, Feb. 3 at 4 p.m., the Warriors will take on Northern State University.

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