SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A fast start and strong first half proved to be difference for Winona State in a 78-62 win over Augustana in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action on Friday night. The Vikings dropped to 13-10 (10-7 NSIC) with the loss. The Warriors' record climbed to 19-5 (14-3 NSIC) on the year.
Casey Schilling led the Vikings with a game-high 17 points. Schilling scored 12 of his 17 in the second half after a slow start in the first half.
Adam Beyer tied his career high with 12 points and grabbed four rebounds for Augustana. Yuriy Malashenko (10) was the third Vikings' player to score in double figures in the loss.
Winona State's dominance on the boards played a key role in the Augustana loss, outrebounding the Vikings 37-27 on the evening.
Mark Blacklock and Skyler O'Laughlin each finished with 15 points for WSU. Blacklock also led Winona State with five assists.
Josh Mongan also contributed with 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting in the Warriors' victory.
Winona State used some suffocating defense in the first half, holding the Vikings to just 22 points. The Vikings shot just 8 of 23 (34.7 percent) from the field and jumped out to a double-digit at 17-7 in just over six minutes.
The Warriors were able to shoot an impressive 58.6 percent (17 of 29) in the half, the result of being able to find open players with good ball movement and getting easy baskets in the paint. WSU recorded eight assists in the first 20 minutes of play.
Mongan led all scorers in the first half with nine points.
Beyer was the leading scorer for Augustana in the first half with six points. The De Pere, Wisc. native was just one of three Vikings who were able to connect on multiple field goals in the period.
WSU made its move in the first half at the 9:59 mark, going on a 17-8 run over the next 7:38 to increase its lead from 12 to 21 at 39-18.
The Vikings' struggles from the field in the half resulted in only two assists for Augustana.
Winona State's size caused trouble, with the Warriors holding a commanding 23-9 lead on the boards.
The normally ultra-efficient Schilling, couldn't find his offense in the half, scoring just five points on 2 of 7 shooting.
The second half started the same way the first ended, with Winona State opening up the half with a fast start, in this instance, a 12-6 run, highlighted by a Blacklock two-hand jam in the paint to give the Warriors a 53-28 lead with 15:13 left in the game.
The Vikings use a 10-2 run midway through the second half to get the Warriors' lead under 20 points at 68-50 with 7:40 remaining in the game.
A pair of made Malashenko free throws Augustana to within 16 at 70-54 with 5:48 left the in the game. It would be the closest the Vikings would get the rest of the game.
Both teams would trade baskets to close the final seven minutes, giving WSU the 78-62 win.
A silver lining
Despite being outscored 41-22 in the first half, Augustana refused the quit and outscored Winona State 40-37 in the second half while shooting 56 percent – compared to the 34.8 percent in the first half.
• Beyer's 12 points tied a career high.
• The Warriors' plus-10 rebounding advantage was only the second time this season the Vikings have been outrebounded by double digits.
• With only four made 3-pointers tonight, Augustana snapped a 10-game streak of making at least seven threes in a game.
• Schilling has now scored at least 17 points in 10-straight games.
• Isaac Jorgensen had a season-high seven points.
The Vikings return to the hardwood on Saturday to take on Upper Iowa (11-12, 9-8 NSIC) at the Elmen Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Despite sitting for most of the first half, Shaunteva Ashley became the 28th player to score at least 1,000 points in her career in 80-71 Augustana win over Winona State on Friday night in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play. The Vikings improved to 12-9 (8-9 NSIC) with the win, while the Warriors dropped to 8-13 (4-13 NSIC) on the year.
Ashley – who played just four minutes in the first half – finished with 18 points for Augustana. The junior went scoreless in the first half after picking up two quick fouls to start the game, came out in the second half and went on a scoring flurry. Ashley went 4 of 7 in the second half, and a perfect 8 of 8 from the foul line, on her way to cracking the 1,000-point barrier.
Emily Schulte finished with 17 points and four assists for the Vikings. Schulte also notched three steals in the win.
Alex Kneeland chipped in with 12 points and five rebounds.
WSU was led by Abby Busch, who had a game-high 20 points and pulled down eight boards in the loss.
Tara Roelofs poured in 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting for Winona State.
The Vikings came out to a fast start, taking a 16-10 lead at the first media timeout. Riley Nordgaard found her offense early, scoring six points for Augustana. The Vikings started out hot, knocking down six of its first nine shots to start the contest.
Schulte would go on her own mini 7-2 run to put Augustana up 23-12 with 12:17 remaining in the first half. The Sioux Falls, S.D. native scored with a three, a midrange jumper, and layup. Schulte's points during the run would be all she scored in the first half.
A Busch 3-pointer would end an 11-2 Vikings' run, putting Winona State down 27-15 with 9:59 left in the first half.
A made Hartman jumper coming out the media timeout was part of a 9-0 Warriors' run that cut the Augustana lead to six at 27-21 with 7:59 remaining in the first half.
WSU tied the game up at 29-29 on a Busch jumper with 4:23 left until halftime. For Busch, it was her fourth made field goal of the half, erasing a 15-point Augustana lead.
Hayley McCarron would end the 23-2 Winona State run with a basket in the paint that snapped a six-minute scoreless streak for the Vikings.
Augustana's offense would stall for the final 10 minutes of the first half, trailing 37-34 at the break.
Nordgaard led the Vikings with eight points and six rebounds.
The Vikings continued their struggle with the long ball, launching 19 3-ponters, but only connecting on four in the first half.
Winona State shot 14 of 31 (45.2 percent) in the first half, while Augustana finished with 35.1 percent (13 of 37).
The second half got underway with Ashley getting her offense into gear after watching the Vikings lose a 15-point point edge in the first half. The former Roosevelt High standout scored the Vikings first seven points for Augustana after going scoreless in the first half.
Rhianna Gullickon's made layup gave the Vikings their first lead in the second half at 43-42 with 15:15 left. The basket came as part of a 12-2 Augustana run early in the half.
The Vikings' defense upped its intensity in the second half, forcing six turnovers within the first seven minutes of the half.
A pair of made threes by Kneeland gave Augustana its first double-digit lead at 54-44 in the second half.
The Vikings pushed their lead back up to 15 at 67-52 after an Ashley three at the 6:18 mark in the second half. It was the Sioux Falls, S.D. natives 10th point of the half, pushing her games in double figures streak to nine.
Ashley would make history on after a pair of made free throws gave her 1,000th career point, and put Augustana up 73-57 with 1:51 left in the contest.
The Vikings closed out the game hitting their free throws, winning 80-71.
I believe congratulations are in order
To Ashley, who became just the 28th player in team history to break the 1,000-point mark.
• Kneeland's 12 points were her first double-digit scoring game since at Wayne State on Nov. 25
• Augustana's 10 3-pointers were the most since it made 11 against Minnesota, Crookston on Jan. 11
• The Vikings have scored at least 80 points in a game 10 times now this year.
• Nordgaard's 11 rebounds were her fourth time this season with double figures in rebounding.
• Augustana is now 7-2 this season when getting at least 17 assists in a game.
• The Vikings outscored the Warriors 14-0 in fast break points.
Augustana takes on Upper Iowa on Saturday at the Elmen Center. Tip is set for 4 p.m.