Winona St. takes home NSIC title
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The 2011 NSIC Women's Basketball Tournament trophy resides in Winona.
The Warriors claimed the first conference tournament championship in program history with a 63-61 victory against Concordia-St. Paul Sunday afternoon in St. Paul. The win officially punches WSU's ticket to their second NCAA Tournament appearance in the past three years.
Junior Michelle McDonald scored 27 points – just one off her career high – on her way to tournament MVP honors. Sophomore Katie Wolff added 15 and also earned her way onto the all-tournament team.
WSU committed just six turnovers on the game and have only 16 turnovers in their three NSIC Tournament games. The win moves Winona State to 21-8 on the season.
The Warriors trailed by one at the half, 26-25. WSU led throughout much of the period before the Golden Bears went on a late run. The first 20 minutes was a defensive battle, with both teams shooting below 37 percent.
Concordia-St. Paul would open up a six-point lead with a little more than 12 minutes to play in the game, but Winona State would quickly make a comeback. The Warriors took their first lead of the second half on a 3-pointer by Wolff with 7:38 to play and would not trail again.
Marieanna Dulas scored eight points and had nine rebounds while Afton Glander collected seven rebounds of her own to go with seven assists.