The Winona State University women’s basketball team overcame and six-point deficit in the final minutes of Saturday evening’s contest at Quincy University to force overtime and prevail with a 76-63 overtime win over the tournament host Hawks for the Warriors fourth straight victory.
Junior Taylor Hustad notched her second double-double of the young season while netting a career-high 19 points (12 rebounds) en route to being named the Quincy Subway Classic Most Outstanding Player.
Junior Emily Kieck and freshman Caitlin Riley were each named to the All-Tournament Team.
Facing its first loss of the year, WSU trailed 62-56 with 2:16 remaining in regulation. Kieck came up with a huge offensive rebound for Winona State that led to a Sydney Lodermeier layup which cut the Warriors’ deficit to four points with 1:41 left to play. Emma Fee came up with a clutch steal on Quincy’s ensuing possession that led to a made free throw by Loderemier and suddenly it was a one-score game with 59 seconds on the clock.
The Hawks misfired on their next chance and Riley stepped up with perhaps the biggest basket of her young collegiate career, drilling a game-tying three-pointer with 20 seconds left to ultimately force overtime.
In the extra frame, the Warrior defense was relentless, surrendering just one point as Kieck and Hustad accounted for nine of Winona State’s 11 points for the victory.
Winona State trailed at halftime, 27-24, which Hustad quickly wiped away with four quick points to begin the third quarter. Midway through the quarter, junior Taylor Klug was a spark off the bench as she drained two consecutive three-pointers to turn a three-point WSU deficit into a three-point lead. Kieck capped the third frame with a pull-up jumper in the lane to give the Warriors a 45-40 advantage as the back-and-forth affair extended into the fourth prior to the Warrior defense putting the clamps on in overtime.
After scoring a career-best 17 points on Friday night, Lodermeier tallied her first career double-double on Saturday with 11 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. Riley continued to raise the bar for herself with a career-best 15 points on 4-8 shooting from downtown, and Kieck chipped in 12 points to go along with four assists.
Behind Hustad’s effort and the slashing ability of her teammates, Winona State owned a 34-18 edge in points in the paint.
The Warriors will now shift their attention to conference action when Winona State travels to Upper Iowa on Saturday, November 30, for the first NSIC tilt of the season. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m. in Fayette, Iowa.