Late rally helps Augustana women to 81-73 win over WSC

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — In a game of scoring runs by both teams, Augustana rallied from a 64-59 deficit with 6:46 remaining to outlast Wayne State College 81-73 Saturday evening in the Northern Sun Conference women’s basketball opener for both teams at the Sioux Falls Arena.
The Wildcats got off to a slow start, trailing 13-3 less than five minutes into the contest. Despite making just 4-of-13 shots in the first quarter, Wayne state worked their way back and trailed by just four at the end of the first quarter 16-12.

The Wildcats came on strong in the second quarter, making eight of their first nine shots from the field that included 3-of-4 behind the arc to take the lead. A 17-2 Wildcat scoring run over a span of 4:48, highlighted by a three consecutive 3-pointers (two from Maggie Lowe and one by Haley Vesey), turned a 22-18 deficit into a 35-24 lead following an Erin Norling layup at the 3:36 mark of the second quarter.

The host Vikings then went on a similar run at the end of the second quarter that carried into the third quarter as Augustana cut the Wildcat advantage to 36-32 at intermission.

Augustana’s scoring run over the two quarters was 17-3 covering 6:48, giving the Vikings a 46-41 lead.

Wayne State then countered with a 10-0 run that put the lead back in the Wildcats’ favor at 51-46 with 3:28 to play third quarter before the Vikings charged back to end the third quarter tied at 57-57.

After Augustana scored the opening basket of the fourth quarter to take a 59-57 lead, Wayne State used an Andrea Larson 3-pointer, a pair of Haley Vesey free throws and a jumper by Amelia Ivester gave the Wildcats a 64-59 lead with 6:46 to play.

The Vikings reeled off the next 11 points to take the lead for good at 70-64 with 3:26 remaining. Wayne State got as close as one at 70-69 on a Vesey 3-pointer with 2:44 remaining, but the Wildcats went cold from the field the rest of the way and Augustana finished off the eight-point win.

Brittany Bongartz paced Wayne State in scoring with 15 points. Vesey and Norling each added 14 points. Augustana’s top scorer was Lynsey Prosser with 15 points.  Shelby Selland followed with 14 points followed by Vishe Rabb and Abby Hora with 12 points each.

WSC held a 43-39 edge in rebounding thanks to nine boards from freshman Amelia Ivester. Halley Busse tied a career-high with eight assists while freshman Kylie Hammer had four. Ivester was credited with three of Wayne State’s four blocked shots.

The Wildcats (4-2, 0-1 NSIC) will be on the road again next weekend for NSIC games at Upper Iowa Friday at 5:30 p.m. and Winona State Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

The Wayne Herald

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