McGlone scores one thousandth point

McGlone scores one thousandth point

Mitchell Breuer, Editor-In-Chief

The Winona State University women’s basketball team went on the road this weekend to face a double defeat. The team first lost to Concordia University, St. Paul 49-59 on Friday, Feb. 9, and then wrapped up the weekend with a loss at Minnesota State University, Mankato 67-90 on Saturday, Feb. 10.

The weekend road trip started at Concordia. Earlier this season, Winona defeated the Concordia Bears with a final score of 62-43 and hoped to do the same Friday night. Despite being consistent throughout the game by scoring 11 points during the game’s first three quarters, it was not enough.

Concordia outscored Winona early, building to an 11-point lead by halftime. While the team started the second half strong and tied the game in the third at one point, they couldn’t grab the lead. With Winona unable to capitalize on their early momentum, Concordia reestablished an eight-point lead by the end of the quarter.

The home team wouldn’t lose the lead again in the game, as they once again provided the most points in the fourth. The game ended with a 10-point lead by Concordia, and a final score of 59-49 in favor of Concordia.

What may have held the Warriors back the most during the outing was their shooting. Throughout both halves, the team couldn’t get their shots to sink, failing to shoot at 40 percent during either half.

The weekend did not improve on Saturday as the Warriors fell to Mankato, another team they had previously defeated.

While Winona’s shooting was improved from the night before, they still ended up being outplayed, with Mankato holding the lead for a majority of the game. The Mavericks’ biggest advantage was three-point shooting, which was an area where Winona was only able to convert eight shots, the Mavericks put up 14, equaling out to an 18-point advantage.

Mankato started and ended the game strong, putting up 23 and 28 points respectively in the first and fourth quarters en route to putting up a total of 90-points. It was a season-high for Mankato’s team. Winona couldn’t compete, putting up only 67 points and would have to settle for their tenth consecutive loss.

Despite the final results, the game held a historical significance for the Warriors. Senior Hannah McGlone scored her one thousandth point during the game, a milestone that only 16 others before her have achieved.

The milestone is just the latest of accomplishments for McGlone, who in her final year is having her best season to date, not only leading the team in points, but also scoring the most points she ever has in a season with games still to be played.

The Warriors have one game left in the regular season. It is their last chance to claim the win they have not seen in over a month.

The team will return home for a game against Augustana University on Friday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m., with Wayne State College coming to town on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 4 p.m. Winona played both teams in January, and lost to both. In their previous outing, Wayne State handed the team one of their worst losses of the season as they held the Warriors to a season-low 37 points. While the loss against Augustana was not as low, Winona will still have to deal with a team with plenty of momentum as the visiting Vikings have only lost twice this season, and will enter the game ranked fifth.