Winona State University’s women’s basketball team went undefeated once again over the weekend games against Sioux Falls and Southwest Minnesota State University.
In the first game of the weekend against Southwest Minnesota State University, the Mustangs led by eight points going into the half but the Warriors came back to beat the Mustangs 74-58.
This was after the Warriors held the Mustangs to only eight points in the last period.
Junior center Emma Fee collected 23 points with 12 of her points coming in the third and junior forward Taylor Hustad put up 18 points and scraped 12 rebounds.
A big part of their game came in the second half as the Warriors shot 11-for-16 in the third quarter, while holding the Mustangs to 23 percent in the fourth quarter.
In Saturday’s game against the University of Sioux Falls, the two powerhouses in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) South went down to the wire.
The Warriors prevailed over the Cougars in the exciting shootout and snapped St. Cloud’s nine-game winning streak.
In the heated battle, the lead was tied or traded a total of 16 times.
Hustad tallied 23 points while bringing in six rebounds and Fee put up 19 points on the board as the Warriors topple the Cougars by two points late.
Sophomore forward Sydney Lodermeier put up a solid 15 points while going two for two from downtown.
The difference in the outing was Winona State’s ability to get to the free throw line, where the Warriors went 21-26 compared to an 11-15 mark by the home team Sioux Falls.
The rebounding game was clashed at a tie with each team collecting 32, but the Warriors used the board more effectively with nine offensive boards and 17 second-chance points.
Four Cougars scored in double-digits in the games as Sioux Falls shot a blistering 52 percent compared to 46 percent that Winona State put up.
However, the Warriors held the edge from beyond the arc, shooting 39 percent, compared to the Cougars’ 25 percent effort.
With Winona State winning 78 to 76, the Warriors move to 14-4 (10-4 NSIC).
The Warriors return home next weekend for a pair of games against the NSIC North in Minnesota Duluth and St. Cloud State on Jan. 31-Feb. 1 in Winona.
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