After a three game losing streak, the Wayne State women’s basketball team (10-8, 5-6 GLIAC) bounced back with a win against Ohio Dominican University (6-11, 2-9 GLIAC), beating the Panthers 74-70 on Jan. 21.
The first half started off as a tight game until the Panthers took a seven point lead, 16-9, at the 12:37 mark. Their lead didn’t last long, however, as Paige Sickmiller, who led the game with a season-high 20 points, made a three-pointer, cutting the lead to 18-14.
The Warriors started to gain momentum after that. Phaebre Colbert, the WSU’s junior forward, made an and-one layup, followed by another three-pointer from Sickmiller – which gave the Warriors the lead 22-21, with 7:26 remaining in the half. Colbert finished with 15 points and five rebounds.
WSU held on to the lead for the remainder of the half, heading into the locker room up 34-33.
The second half started off great for the Warriors. Deanna Crumpton, who ended the game with 13 points, made a three-pointer which pushed the lead to five, 46-41, at the 15:21 mark. Still, the Panthers kept fighting back as Meredith Fox, who led the team with 19 points, made a jump shot, which brought them within two, 53-51, with 10:40 remaining.
The score remained close until the Warriors took a six point lead, 68-62, with only 2:22 left in the game. However, the Panthers came back with a couple three-pointers making it 70-68. Colbert ended the game with two clutch free throws, giving the Warriors a 74-70 lead.
WSU’s Juanita Cochran stepped up big with 15 points and nine rebounds. On the contrary, the Panther’s Abby Glover also made 15 points along with seven rebounds.
The Warriors made 56 percent of their field goals and an amazing 83 percent of their three- pointers. ODU, on the other hand, made 47 percent of their field goals and 41 percent from downtown.
The Warriors play their next game at home against Ashland University Jan. 26 at the Matthaei.