Womens basketball sees success in preseason


Lydia Velishek

First-year forward Alex Dornfeld sets up to shoot, Dornfeld scored a total of three points at the game against St. Mary’s University on Saturday, Nov. 9 in McCown Gymnasium.

Maurice Hudson, Basketball Reporter

Winona State University’s women’s basketball team won their home opener against Saint Mary’s University 86-53.

The game between the crosstown rivals started with a back and forth as the Cardinals scored first with a layup before junior guard Allie Pickrain hit a three to take the lead.

Later on in the first quarter, Winona State would go on a run to make it a 10-point lead at the end of the quarter.

The Warriors attacked the paint early as they had 14 of their 25 points come from the first quarter.

Junior guard Emily Kieck hit a three-pointer in the first possession of the second quarter.

The Cardinals responded and cut the lead to single digits after a foul on junior center Emma Fee.

The Warriors’ lead was cut to seven, but two quick three-pointers would get the lead back to 14.

Winona State had the lead with a score of 47-33 at halftime.

The first half lead for the Warriors was due to them holding the Cardinals to 36% shooting from the field and only three makes from beyond the arc.

They were also able to capitalize on turnovers, scoring 19 points off of them.

On offense, the Warriors shot close to 50% from the field and hit 10 of 22 three-point attempts.

The third quarter was more of the same for Winona State, as they were able to get points in the paint and maintain the double-digit lead.

Junior guard Taylor Husted had 10 points in the quarter after being sidelined in the first half because of foul trouble.

The Warriors took an 18-point lead into the fourth quarter.

This would be another successful quarter for the Warriors, as they shut out the Cardinals for the first three minutes.

Winona State ended the game on a 11-1 run.

The Warriors didn’t allow any points from the field in the fourth quarter in route to the 86-53 victory.

The team was led by Fee, who posted a first career double-double and led the team in points with 15 and rebounds with 11.

The other four starters also scored in the double digits.

After the opening points, the Warriors led the rest of the way as the defense was able to hold the Cardinals to 30% shooting from the field.

Next week the Warriors will stay at home to face Viterbo University. Tip-off will be 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16.

In their last two match ups the Warriors have had the upper hand, winning both including a dominant 56-point win over Viterbo in 2015.