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USF hoops swept by Wayne State

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Men's Basketball

Trailing by one point with 14 seconds on the clock, the University of Sioux Falls had the ball and one final opportunity to secure their first conference win in a matchup with the Wildcats of Wayne State. Coming out of a timeout the Cougars fired a 3-pointer which would fall short, meaning USF would suffer a heartbreaking 55-53 loss Friday night in Wayne, Neb. A. J. Holland led all scorers with a career-high 21 points for the Cougars.

The Cougars dropped to 4-2 (0-2 NSIC), while the Wildcats picked up their first conference win of the season to improve to 6-1 (1-1 NSIC) in 2012-13.


Wayne State controlled the game in the opening minutes of the first half, but once USF got back into it was a battle to end.


After falling behind by seven three minutes into the game, the Cougars woke up and slowly closed the gap. Near the 11:00 mark, Holland made a huge and one play, converting a layup and free throw to give USF at 14-13 lead, their first of the game.


Six lead changes later, the game was tied 25-25 at the break.


USF came out hot in the second half. Tied 27 all with just under 16:00 to play, the Cougars made their move, sinking five consecutive buckets to take a 37-30 lead over the Wildcats with 11:48 to play.


Wayne State answered, and a Ben Galemmo 3-pointer near the 7:00 mark cut the Wildcats deficit to one. The game would only tighten up from there.


The teams traded baskets and leads, as the crowd saw five lead changes and three ties over in the final minutes.


With 40 seconds on the clock, Holland came up big as he had night. He nailed a 3-pointer to give the Cougars a 53-52 lead. However, on their ensuing possession the Wildcats put the ball in their best player's hands and he answered.

Army Shelby converted a clutch layup with 14 seconds to go to put Wayne State back up, 54-53. USF had one final shot, but was unable to convert their 3-point attempt, as they were forced to foul which lead to the final score, 55-53.


On paper, USF outplayed their opponent Friday night. They shot 49% compared to 46% by the home team. USF also won the battle on the boards, outscored Wayne State in the paint and shot a higher percentage at the stripe.


The difference was turnovers and the volume of free throw attempts by the Wildcats. Wayne State forced the Cougars into 21 turnovers and made 21 trips to the free throw line.


Shelby led three Wildcats in double-figures. He posted 19 points, while Derrell Williams and Latroy Wright added 12 points each for Wayne State.


Holland was one of two players to tally double-digits for the Cougars. He finished 8-of-15 from the floor and 3-of-6 from behind the arc. Robert Goffney had an efficient night, recording 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the floor in 23 minutes.


USF returns to Sioux Falls to take on crosstown rival Augustana College Saturday.

Women's Basketball

The Sioux Falls women's basketball team found points tough to come by down the stretch Friday night in a 61-48 loss at No. 15 Wayne State College.
 
The win was the 50th consecutive home victory for the Wildcats.

The Cougars (4-2, 1-1 NSIC) connected on just 8 of 35 shots and scored 23 points over the final 20 minutes as the Wildcats (4-1, 1-1 NSIC) snatched away their bid for a fourth straight win.
 
Junior forward Laura Johnson scored seven of the Cougars' second-half points and finished with 22 on the night to lead all scorers and pulled down 11 boards for her third double-double of the season. She shot 6-for-15 from the floor and was 8-for-8 from the stripe.
 
Jordan Spencer (19 points, 5 rebounds) and Ashton Yossi (15 points, 9 rebounds) led the Wildcats.
 
The Wildcats, which hit just three 3-pointers in the game, made a point of driving the ball into the lane and managed to get to the free throw line for 32 attempts, though they made just 22 of them.
 
The Cougars were whistled for 25 fouls in the contest to 17 for the Wildcats. The Wildcats out-rebounded the Cougars, 44-42. The Cougar bench was outscored 15-12, moving USF to 0-2 when losing the bench point battle.
 
Spencer put the Wildcats up early 4-0 with back-to-back buckets. A transition layup by Alyssa Rushton after Johnson stuffed a three-point attempt by Addy Roller put the Cougars on the board at the 18:14 mark. Johnson then created her own shot, throwing up another block and sprinting down the court to drain a three-pointer on a dish from Chrissy Strassburg to put the Cougars in front 5-4. Wayne State matched with a trey and USF tied it at 7-7 on a 12-footer by Mikenna Greathouse.
 
The next two minutes belonged to Johnson, as she tallied seven straight points to double up the Wildcats 14-7 and force a Wayne State timeout at the 15:01 mark.
 
Out of the break, the Wildcats returned the favor with a 7-0 run to tie the game and bring about the USF timeout with 12:47 left in the half.
 
Wayne State cashed in on one of USF's 15 total turnovers on the next possession to retake the lead and drained a trey 20 seconds later to stretch the margin to 19-14.

Rushton ended the Wildcats' run at 12-0 with a baseline jumper. Bailey Bouman then picked Kara Powell's pocket and pushed the ball to Johnson, who was fouled on a gimme layup and hit the free throw to tie the game at 19-19 with 10:09 left in the half.
 
The Wildcats caught fire again and ended the half on a 13-6 run to take a 32-25 lead into the locker room.
 
The Cougars took advantage of a slow second half start by the Wildcats (3-for-11) and saw points from four different players during a 15-8 spurt that gave USF a 40-39 advantage with 11:01 remaining.
 
It would stand as USF's last lead in the contest. The Cougars went ice-cold, shooting just 2-for-20 the rest of the way (10%) and committing three turnovers in less than a minute.
 
Wayne State grabbed control of the game with a two-minute, 8-0 run that put the home team in front 47-40. USF was unable to trim the deficit to less than five points and the Wildcats went 3-for-4 from the stripe in the final two minutes before a tip-in with three seconds left created the final margin.
The Cougars shot 25% from the floor (15-for-60) while the Wildcats connected at a 34.5% (18-for-52) clip. USF's struggles from beyond the arc continued, as the team went 3-for-15 from three point range.  
 
Rushton finished with 10 points and eight rebounds. Amber Paden, who suited up for the first time since suffering an knee injury in the Cougars' season opener, chipped in four points, eight rebounds, five blocks and two steals in 25 minutes of action.
 
The Cougars will be in action again tomorrow, as they make the one-mile trek to Augustana College. Tip-off against the Vikings is slated for 4 p.m. 
 
Courtesy: USF Athletics

 

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