Teton vs NDSCS Women’s Basketball Pre-Game Primer
The Williston State Tetons are on the road in Wahpeton today for their biggest test this year to date against the NDSCS Wildcats.
Starting the evening off will be the Women's game, which tips off at 5:30 pm CST. The Tetons are looking to even the season series up at 1-1 against science after a late game collapse early in the season.
In that game, Williston State was outscored 41-22 in the second half and ended up falling 66-57.
Science comes into the game riding a 7 game win streak of their own. The 18-3 Pioneers (11-1 Mon-Dak) looking to keep a 2 game lead over Williston State in the conference standings.
The Wildcats are averaging 77.6 points per game while hitting 43.7% of their shots from the field, and 28.5% from beyond the arc.
Ivy Fox leads the way in scoring, pouring in 19.3 points per game, with Grace Massaquoi (11.2 ppg), and Charita "Tiny" Lewis (14.1 ppg) also contributing to the royals offensive output.
Williston State comes into the game 14-6 (9-3 Mon-Dak) overall on the season, and are riding an eight game win streak, and 9-1 in their last 10. The team is averaging 66.7 points per game, while shooting 42.8% overall and 29.7% from deep.
Tetons are led in scoring by Emily Kurkowsky with 16.2 points per game, and just outside of the the double digit club is fellow sophomore guard Hayley Macdonald (9.7 ppg).
Three things to watch for:
1. Unfriendly Confines: Williston State traveling all the way across the state is one thing, but adding the cavernous gym on the campus of NDSCS can make even the most sure shooting players have an off night.
2. Not Allowing Big Runs: The last time these two teams squared off the game took an unfortunate turn after a game stoppage of nearly 30 minutes. When play resumed the Wildcats came in waves, which ended up sinking the team late.
3. Big(s) Production. In Williston, Butler and De Le Fuente combined for 26 points in the losing effort, and they will likely be able to have another solid game again. With the rise of Hisbadhorse as another prolific post player, a three headed monster may emerge to bring Williston State their 9th win in a row.
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