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Women’s Basketball Recaps vs Upper Iowa Peacocks and Winona State Warriors

02/04/2019 - 4:30 PM

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Women’s Basketball Recaps vs Upper Iowa Peacocks and Winona State Warriors
Photo - SCSU Athletics

By Leif Ender / @TheLeifEnder /



Friday night the St. Cloud State Women’s basketball team improved to 12-7, 9-6 NSIC, as they beat Upper Iowa Peacocks 3-20, 0-15 NSIC, 69-56 Friday night.



The Huskies started out fast right out of the gates as they scored 23 points in the first quarter. The offense picked apart the 2-3 zone that the Peacocks were implementing and would punish them with knocking down 50% of their shots from the field and from beyond the arc.



The defense was also stifling as they allowed only 8 points in the first quarter as the Peacocks would struggle to find the basket, only knocking down two baskets. It wouldn’t get much easier for the Peacocks, as they would only make seven shots in the second quarter, as SCSU would go into the half with a 39-21 lead.



Again the Peacocks would try to get things going, but St. Cloud’s offense and defense would be too much for Upper Iowa, as the Huskies pulled away with the 69-56 win.



During the win, the Huskies shot 38% from the field as well as shooting 36% from the arc. Another big factor that helped the Huskies in their win on Friday was outrebounding the Peacocks 53-29. The Huskies also played their entire bench, which scored 41 points from 17 different players.



Leading scorers for the Huskies was Mallie Doucette, who tallied 23 points. She shot lights out with an impressive 70% from the field and splashing in 5 three pointers. Nikki KIlboten also had a great night as she tallied nine points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Tori Wortz was causing havoc on the defensive side as she had four steals.



The Huskies return back to Halenbeck Hall as they look to improve their record at home, 8-2, tomorrow as they take on Winona State. Tip off is set for 3:30 pm, and you can hear all the action live on the KVSC Sports Stream.



Rachel Novotny’s put back with 7 seconds left in the 4th quarter was to help Winona State (11-9, 9-7 NSIC) edge St. Cloud State (12-8, 9-7 NSIC) 55-53 in Saturday’s ballgame.



St. Cloud State came storming in the first quarter, with an 18-6 run, while shooting 43% from the field and 60% from downtown. Winona State could not find any rhythm going offensively as they only connected on two buckets in the first quarter.



Things quickly changed in the second quarter as the Warriors were able to get things going on offense as they would use a big 14-7 run to go into the half down 25-20. The Warriors were heating up as they improved a drastic 16% to 39% shooting from the field and knocking down couple three pointers.



In the second half Winona would continue their offense of surge outscoring the Huskies 35-28. Also helping the Warriors was to attack inside the paint which helped open up the rest of the offense. They scored 22 points inside and were able to get enough space and separation for uncontested shots.



Things would get really interesting in the fourth quarter as it was a back and fourth game. Winona State would take the lead after the Emily Kieck three-point play to put the Warriors up 53-50. After a 30 second timeout, the Huskies would tie the game up after a tough three pointer made by Sophomore Tori Wortz, as it tied the game up at 53 a piece with 38 seconds left in the game. With under 15 seconds left, Winona’s Allie Pickrain drove to basket for the go ahead layup and missed, but Senior Forward Rachel Novotny grabbed the rebound and hit the go ahead layup with 7 seconds left to give them the lead. On last possession, St. Cloud had a good look to win the game as Sophomore Erin Navratil shot a corner three but hit off the rim. Nikki Kilboten had a chance to tie the game with the put back, but the ball slipped out of her hands and timed expired.



Leading scorers for St. Cloud was Junior, Madelin Dammann who tallied 13 points in the loss, while shooting 5-11 from the field and shooting 3-4 from beyond the arc. Sophomore Nikki Kilboten was next leading scorer with 9 points and was two rebounds shy of a double-double with 8 rebounds.



The Huskies will be on the road for the next two weeks as next week’s road trip will include matchups between Wayne State Wildcats and first place NSIC South Augustana Vikings. Game times are set for 5:30 PM on Friday and 3:30 PM on Saturday. The Huskies will return home to close out the regular season on February 22nd and 23rd against Bemidji State and Minnesota Crookston.


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