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Fast start by Augustana women’s basketball too much for Wayne State

December 31, 2018

Augustana used 60 percent shooting for the first 15 minutes of the game as the Vikings took down Wayne State College 88-74 Sunday afternoon in a Northern Sun Conference women’s basketball contest played at Rice Auditorium in Wayne. The loss drops the Wildcats to 8-4 (3-3 NSIC) on the season while Augustana remains perfect in the league at 6-0 and a 14-1 overall record on the year.

Trailing 15-3 going into the first media timeout, the Wildcats were put on their back foot from the opening tip. The Vikings used a 6-10 effort from the 3-point line to help extend their lead early.

After Augustana took a 25-15 first quarter lead, the Vikings soon increased their lead to 40-20, forcing a timeout for Wildcat Head Coach Brent Pollari as Augustana made 14 of 22 shots (6 for 10 behind the arc) to start the game.

Trailing by as much as 23 (48-25), the Wildcats slowly chipped away at the lead with defensive pressure and efficiency from the 3-point line. An 18-4 run on the brink of halftime, with Andrea Larson and Kylie Hammer accounting for 13 of the 18 points, helped the Wildcats close the gap within single digits heading into halftime at 52-43.

The third quarter saw the Vikings build a pair of 16-point leads, but WSC closed the deficit to eight at 65-57 on a Larson 3-pointer at the 2:04 mark of the quarter before Augustana finished with a 69-58 lead entering the fourth quarter.

Augustana maintained a double-digit lead for much of the fourth quarter with WSC getting as close as nine at 71-62 following an Erin Norling layup with 7:19 remaining. Despite going 0 for 12 from the 3-point line in the second half, the Vikings pushed the lead back to double digits and finished with the 88-74 win.

Larson paced the ’Cats with a season-high 16 points while Hammer and Halley Busse added 14 points each. Sophomore Brittany Bongartz recorded her first double-double of her career, collecting 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Wayne State finished the game making 25 of 64 shots from the field for 39.1 percent. The ’Cats were 11 for 30 behind the arc and 13 of 22 at the charity stripe.

Shelby Selland led Augustana with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Vishe Rabb produced 17 points followed by Janelle Shiffler with 14 points. Abby Hora and Lynsey Prosser also hit double digits with 11 points each.

Augustana, after starting the game shooting 63.6 percent on 14 of 22 shooting, ended the contest 32 of 77 from the field for 41.6 percent. The Vikings were 8 of 29 from the 3-point line and 16 for 19 at the free throw line.

The Vikings held a 45-41 advantage in rebounding. Bongartz hauled in 11 boards for the Wildcats with Halley Busse adding seven. Busse also had a team-high six assists and recorded three steals along with Maggie Lowe.

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