Warrior Women Use 14-2 Second Quarter Scoring Run To Hold Off Wayne State

WINONA, MN – With the men’s game being considered a non-contest Friday evening due to COVID protocols at Winona State University, the Wayne State College women began a two-game road weekend.

From the McCown Gymnasium in Winona, Minnesota, WSC competed with the Warriors in a NSIC South Division showdown.

The Warrior women used a 14-2 run during the end of the first half and held onto win, 74-69. Winona State snapped a five-game losing streak to now sit 5-5 (2-4 NSIC) as WSC has now dropped two straight at 6-4 (3-3 NSIC).

In the women’s only contest, Wayne State College jumped out front 23-16 in the opening quarter before Winona State outscored WSC, 18-10 to lead 34-33 at the break. WSU again edged Wayne State in the second half of 22-20 third and 18-16 fourth. Final favored Winona State University over Wayne State College, 74-69.

Wayne State College was led in scoring by senior Kylie Hammer tying a career-high 31 points to go along with five rebounds, three assists and three steals (12-24 FG/2-7 3PT/5-6 FT) while junior Lauren Zacharias added 14 points (6-13 FG/2-7 3PT).

Other scoring came from junior Logan Hughes with eight points, junior Kassidy Pingel added seven points; freshman Maya Fitzpatrick had six points as sophomore Annie Guentzal scored three points.

WSC shot 27-60 (45%) from the floor, 5-22 (22.7%) from the three-point line and 10-11 (90.9%) at the charity stripe.

Winona State University leaders were Taylor Hustad with 20 points and 10 rebounds; Mattie Schimenz added 19 points, six assists and five steals; Emily Kieck had 15 points as Emma Fee fouled out with 10 points.

The Warriors finished 27-51 (52.9%) from the field, 6-19 (31.6%) from the behind the arc and 14-19 (73.7%) at the foul line.

Wayne State College scored 21 points off 17 Warrior turnovers while Winona State answered with nine points off 13 Wildcat turnovers. Wayne State won the battle in the paint (44-42) as WSU won the fast break scoring (6-5) and the bench scoring (6-3). Winona State out rebounded Wayne State, 32-26 (8-7 offensive) which led to eight second chance scoring compared to seven by WSC.

Wayne State College will next visit Upper Iowa where both the men and women will be in action at 3:30/5:30 p.m. respectively. Pregame show coverage on The City ‘KCTY’ 98.9/1590 and waynedailynews.com is set for 3 p.m.