Coe dismantles Wisconsin-River Falls
Kohawks shoot season-best 56.3 percent from field in victory
SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- Coe trailed for just 40 seconds on Friday night, as the Kohawks knocked off 21st-ranked Wisconsin-River Falls 72-61 in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Three Kohawks scored in double-figures, including two with 21 points.
Coe led 9-5 with 17:10 to play in the first half on a jumper by Mary Halvorson before the Falcons took their first lead of the game with a 6-0 run in the next 1:52. The Kohawks quickly regained the lead, as they exchanged baskets and never trailed by more than two points. Wisconsin-River Falls cut the lead to one with 6:55 to play in the first half, but another jumper by Halvorson sparked a 15-4 run to close the first half, as Coe led 32-20 at the break.
The Falcons weren't going to go away easy, as they scored 12 of the first 16 points in the second half, cutting Coe's lead to four with 15:28 to play. Kayla Waskow hit a layup with 15:08 to play, followed by back-to-back baskets by Mackenzie Reed to put Coe back up by nine with 13:17 to play.
Wisconsin-River Falls made one last run at the Kohawks, as they went on a 10-3 run with 11:50 to play, cutting Coe's lead to 47-45 with 9:45 to play. The Kohawks responded with an 11-3 run of their own over the next 3:44, as they took a 58-48 lead with 5:12 to play. During the run, Coe used its last timeout with 8:04 to play. In the final 5:12, the Falcons never got closer than seven points. Coe's final six points came from the free throw line in the last 1:24.
Reed and Waskow led the Kohawks with 21 points apiece, a career-high for Reed. Megan Hayes added 13 points while Halvorson had eight. Hayes went over 300 points for the season, while Waskow broke the school record for career free throws with 295. She was 11-of-14 from the charity stripe on the night. Alise Holst led the Falcons with 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Tiffany Gregorich had 17.
Hayes grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, with Waskow, Leslie Ware and Kelsey Jipp pulling down four boards apiece.
Ware had a game-high eight assists, with Waskow and Halvorson dropping in three. Hayes blocked four shots, as she moved into second in the single-season blocks list with 51. Hayes moved into fourth on the single-season rebounds list with 208.
The Kohawks shot 56.3 percent from the field, a season-high, while holding the Falcons to 29 percent. Coe was 14-of-26 in the first half, while Wisconsin-River Falls was 6-of-26.
Coe continued its streak of making a 3-pointer in every game this season, as they were 1-of-4 on the night. The Kohawks improved to 21-7 on the year, the second most wins in school history -- behind only last season's 26-4 team.