Wayne St. wins again behind Arlen
Wildcats turn up defense, force 25 turnovers in rout
Wayne State (Neb.) Athletics
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Junior forward Ashley Arlen poured in a game-high 24 points and Wayne State forced Bemidji State into 25 turnovers as the ninth-ranked Wildcats shut down the Beavers 64-44 in Northern Sun Conference action Sunday afternoon. The Wildcats recorded their 12th consecutive win, moving to 13-1 overall with a perfect 10-0 league mark, while Bemidji State slipped to 5-8 overall and 2-7 in the NSIC.
Wayne State got off to a slow start, hitting just four of its first 17 shots (23.5 percent) from the field in the first 10 minutes, but still held a 14-10 lead as it forced BSU into 10 turnovers in the early part of the game. An Ashley Arlen 3-pointer with 5:55 to go in the half gave WSC its first double-digit lead of the half at 23-13. A layup by Arlen then capped a 9-0 run by WSC, giving the ‘Cats their largest advantage of the first half at 29-13 with 3:19 remaining. The Wildcats ended the first period with a 33-21 advantage after forcing Bemidji State into 16 turnovers resulting in 19 points.
WSC maintained its double-figure advantage throughout the second half. Bemidji State's first basket of the second half pulled it within 10 points before the Wildcats went on a 13-4 run to take a 46-27 lead with 14:19 to play. The host Beavers cut the WSC lead to 12 at 50-38 with 8:12 remaining, but WSC scored the next eight points over a span of 2:09 to forge a 20-point lead on a Renee Wood fast break layup with 6:03 to play. The Wildcats played reserves down the stretch to finish the road win.
Arlen, a 6-2 junior forward from Cascade, Iowa, was the lone Wildcat in double figures. She went 9 of 15 from the field, 3 of 6 behind the 3-point line and hit 3 of 6 attempts at the free throw stripe. WSC made 23 of 56 for 41.1 percent. The ‘Cats were just 5 of 21 behind the 3-point line and 13 of 17 at the free throw stripe.
Bemidji State was led by Colleen McKay's 12 points while Ellie Wessling added 11. The Beavers hit just 15 of 50 from the field, but made just 6 of 30 shots (20 percent) in the second half, and hit only one of 15 3-point attempts.
Bemidji State held a slim 38-36 advantage in rebounding despite a career-high tying 14 rebounds by Wildcat senior forward Alyssa Fischbach, her seventh game with 10 or more rebounds this season. Colleen McKay grabbed nine boards to lead Bemidji State.
WSC forced Bemidji State into 25 turnovers, resulting in 29 Wildcat points.