COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – Following a seven-point road loss this past Saturday in Kearney, the Wayne State College women’s basketball team continued west into the state of Colorado Monday.
WSC competed in their fifth contest away from home when the ‘Cats traveled to Colorado Springs, Colorado to take on the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Mountain Lions.
With already two non-conference losses on the season, the Wayne State women were able to fight off adversity and dominate in overtime, 13-5 to win 69-61. The ‘Cats improve to 3-2 on the season as Colorado Springs fell to 0-2.
Scoring by quarter found Wayne State College winning the first, 17-10, before Colorado Springs took the second quarter, 18-14.
With WSC leading 31-28 at the break, the Mountain Lions would tie the game following a 16-13 third.
Colorado Springs would jump out to their largest lead of seven with 5:50 remaining in the game as both teams finished with 12 points in the quarter to head into overtime. Again, it was all WSC in OT, scoring 13 points compared to five from UCCS. In 2016, the Mountain Lions finished the year 24-9 overall.
Senior forward Maggie Schulte paced the Wildcats in scoring with 19 points while adding a team-high nine rebounds. Fellow senior forward Paige Ballinger followed with 11 points while senior guard Kacie O’Connor and freshman forward Erin Norling each tallied 10 points.
As a team WSC shot 21-55 (38.2%) from the field, 6-21 (28.6%) from behind the arc and 21-26 (80.8%) at the foul line.
Colorado Springs also had multiple players hit double figure scoring from Tatum Tellin (16), Shanah Leaf (15) and Maria Haas (10).
The Mountain Lions were 24-63 (38.1%) from the field, 4-9 (44.4%) from the three-point line and 9-13 (69.2%) from the charity stripe.
After opening the first five games on the road, the Wayne State College women’s basketball team will be at home for the next four contests. WSC will host Graceland University on Thursday, November 16 at 7 p.m.; open conference play with Augustana University on Monday, November 20 at 6 p.m., Peru State College on Friday, November 24 at 5 p.m. and then hosting University of Colorado-Colorado Springs on Sunday, November 26 at 2 p.m.