SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (February 16, 2013)- The University of Sioux Falls women's basketball team closed out its 2012-13 home slate in style with an 81-63 victory against Wayne State College.
USF (12-12, 9-11 NSIC) continued its hot-and-cold shooting from the perimeter. Less than 12 hours removed from a 5-for-26 downtown performance versus Augustana College, the Cougars torched the Wildcats from the arc, dropping in 13 of 20 three-point attempts, including 8-for-11 in the second half.
Wayne State (15-9, 11-9 NSIC) led 34-32 at the half but had no answer for the Cougars' perimeter scoring, as Laura Johnson, Bailey Bouman and Alyssa Rushton combined to shoot 11-for-15 from three.
Rushton earned top scoring honors. The senior finished with a game-high 22 points on 9-for-16 shooting. She also pulled down seven boards and had five assists.
Senior reserve center Kelli Hoff—a player seldom at center stage that Traphagen called the most selfess player he's ever coached—made her first career start on Senior Day and made the most of the opportunity. Hoff tied her career-high with 11 points and chipped in three rebounds and two blocks.
Laura Johnson opened scoring with a three-pointer and the Cougars moved ahead 5-2 after Hoff's putback at the 17:25 mark of the first half. Leading 10-7, poor decision-making by the Cougars resulted in six straight points for the Wildcats. Reserve sniper Bailey Bouman entered the game and 34 seconds later tied it at 13-13 with a three from the right corner. She hit a second trey at the 6:14 mark and Jaicee Ulmer followed suit after a pretty dish by Hoff to give USF the 24-18 edge.
The Wildcats retaliated with back-to-back treys and grabbed the lead at 28-26 before Hoff tied it with a reverse spin move.
The teams traded points the final three minutes and the Cougars trailed at the half, 34-32.
After the break, Hoff scored the first five points of the second half to give the Cougars a 37-34 lead. After Wayne State tied it with a traditional three point play, Rushton drained a trey from the top of the key.
The game remained close and it appeared that the Cougars were in trouble when Johnson was tagged with her fourth foul with more than 15 minutes left in the game.
But Rushton and Hoff picked up the slack while USF's leading scorer was confined to the bench. The duo combined for a nice give and go and Rushton knocked down another three to make it 47-41 with 13:21 to play.
The Wildcats stormed all the way back and moved in front 52-51 on Jordan Spencer's layup with 8:34 on the clock. The visitors lost the lead for good nine seconds later courtesy of—yes—a three by Chrissy Strassburg.
Johnson reentered the contest and immediately hit a three to ignite a 20-7 Cougar run that was capped when Bouman hit a pair of technical free throws that gave USF the commanding 74-59 advantage.
Up by 20 at 81-61, Traphagen emptied his bench and the Cougars coasted to the victory.
Johnson finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds for her ninth double-double of the season. Bouman had 11 points and two blocks.
The Cougars couldn't miss from any spot on the Stewart Center court. USF shot 50 percent from the field, 65 percent from three and knocked down 10 of 11 free throws.
USF edged WSC on the glass, 41-31 but committed 18 turnovers to the Wildcats' 11 miscues.
The Cougars close out the regular season next weekend at Concordia-St. Paul and MSU-Mankato.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (February 16, 2013) – The University of Sioux Falls men's basketball team suffered a 77-57 NSIC loss Saturday night to Wayne State College in the Cougars' final home game of the season. Trailing by four points at the break, USF went cold and the Wildcats caught fire, as they shot a staggering 65 percent in the final period to record their 16th win of the year.
Tonight's game served as the final home contest for USF seniors Patrick Coughlin, Bill Freeman, A.J. Holland, David Maxwell and James Rader.
The loss puts the Cougars at 11-13 overall and 7-13 in NSIC play. It also snapped a three-game winning streak for USF.
It was anyone's game in the first half.
USF didn't get off to a great start. Four minutes into the game, they were down 9-2, but they countered with a 14-2 run capped by a steal and fast break Holland dunk to claim a 16-11 lead at the 11:24 mark of the first half.
The Wildcats began to heat up from deep and made their push. Led by Ryan Rolfzen, who accounted for a trio of first half 3-pointers himself, WSC converted five shots from 3-point range to close out the half and take a 32-28 lead into the break.
USF actually shot 50 percent, 10 percent better than WSC, and outscored the Wildcats 16-4 in the paint, yet trailed at half.
WSC couldn't seem to miss in the second half. The combination of Army Shelby, who posted 23 second half points and 15 baskets on 23 attempts by the visiting team meant a world of trouble for USF.
A Latroy Wright jumper put the Wildcats ahead 39-28 at the 17:23 mark. With nine of their next 11 points coming from seniors, USF climbed their way back into the game and trailed by just three points, 45-43, with 14:11 to play.
Then Shelby and WSC shut the Cougars down offensively and ran away with the game. They applied a 16-3 run to go up 65-49 with 5:32. USF would cut their deficit to as few as 13 points before falling by 20 points at home.
USF netted their fewest number of three point makes in eight games with only four tonight. They were also outscored in bench production for the first time in six outings.
Shelby led all scorers with 32 points and six assists. Ty Bauschek and Rolfzen also recorded double digits for WSC. Bauschek tallied 14 points, while Rolfzen added 11.
Senior Holland led USF with 14 points, finishing 6-of-11 from the field. He also went 2-of-4 from behind the arc. Fellow senior Rader nearly turned in a double-double with 13 points and eight rebounds. Robert Goffney added 11 points for the Cougars. He did most of his damage at the line, where he was a perfect 5-of-5 tonight.
USF concludes regular season play with a road trip to Concordia-St. Paul and Minnesota State next weekend.