SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (January 25, 2013)- Sioux Falls women's basketball survived a late rally to edge Winona State 53-49 in a nailbiter on Friday night in the Stewart Center. Chrissy Strassburg led all scorers with 17 points and was perfect from the floor (3-3 FG, 2-2 3PT, 9-9 FT) and added two assists and two steals to her line.
In a game that sported one tie and five lead changes, the Cougars found themselves up 48-41 after a Bailey Bouman three-pointer. However, Winona State electrified the Warrior faithful with an 8-0 run that moved the visitors in front by one, 49-48 with 49 seconds left in the game.
But USF responded well in the closing seconds, led by Strassburg. The Elk point native had five of her 17 points in the final thirty seconds, and iced the game by calmly sinking two free throws with eight seconds to play.
USF improved to 9-8 (6-7, NSIC) with the victory while Winona State dropped to 14-6 (8-5 NSIC).
The Cougars will host Upper Iowa tomorrow at 4 p.m.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (January 22, 2013) – The University of Sioux Falls was outscored 47-29 by Winona State University in the second half of a discouraging 73-63 loss Friday night at the Stewart Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. The Cougars had the Warriors on their heels early, taking an eight point lead into intermission, but it was all WSU, who shot an impressive 68% from the floor in the final period to extend their win streak to 11-straight.
With the loss, USF falls to 7-10, 3-10 in conference play, while WSU improves to 17-3 and 11-2 within the NSIC.
Things couldn't have looked more up for USF in the first half. Not only did they contain a very large and athletic WSU frontcourt, but they won the battle down low, most of which was due to the play of James Rader.
Rader imposed his will early, scoring the game's first six points which helped the Cougars reach a 7-0 advantage at the 17:29 mark of the first half. Behind 12 first half points by Rader, USF made it an emphasis to attack the basket and good things happened. The Cougars outrebounded and outchanced the Warriors at the charity stripe to own a 34-26 lead at the break, their second-largest first half lead in conference play this season.
The second half was very different. WSU came out aggressive, first recording a 12-5 run between the start of the half and the 12:54 mark to claim their first lead of the game. Kellen Taylor's free throws provided the visiting team a 41-39 margin, which they would not relinquish.
Taylor's makes at the line sparked a 17-4 Warrior run, one that quickly put the game out of reach for the Cougars, as the Warriors went ahead 56-43 with 5:51 to play. The visiting team would stretch their lead to as many as 15 points on two separate occasions before recording the final score.
After just five first half turnovers, USF coughed up the rock eight times in the final period, leading to 10 WSU second half points.
An ongoing issue, the Cougars gave their opponent too many free shots tonight. WSU finished 24-of-29 at the line, compared to 15-of-20 shooting by USF.
Each team finished with three players in double figure scoring. Xavier Humphrey recorded a game-high 20 points, while Taylor Cameron chipped in 19 for the Warriors. Zander Culver charted 10 points for WSU.
For the home team, A.J. Holland posted 18 points, going 4-of-6 from 3-point range. James Rader was the Cougars' second-highest scorer with 16 on the night. Next in line was Derek Brown, who added 10 points for USF.
The Cougars host the Peacocks of Upper Iowa University tomorrow at 6 p.m.