The Wayne State women's basketball team took one step closer to qualifying for the GLIAC Tournament with a 73-51 win over Purdue Northwest at the Matthaei on Feb. 11.
Starting the contest, Sophomore Guard Nastassja Chambers fueled WSU's offense by scoring ten points early as the Warriors took a 15-4 lead. After the Pride went on a 6-2 run to cut their deficit to seven, WSU used a 5-0 run to take a 22-10 lead after one quarter.
In the second, threes by sophomore guards Alex and Lyndsey Matus pushed WSU's lead to 16 midway through the quarter. The Warriors would take a 40-24 lead into halftime.
Purdue Northwest went on a 10-1 run to cut WSU's lead to 41-34 with 4:50 remaining in the third period. Chambers said that the team didn't panic during the Pride's comeback attempt.
"None of us freaked out when they cut it to seven, [and after the timeout] we just played harder," said Chambers.
From there, WSU scored six straight points to push their lead to 47-34, and they would take a 54-41 lead into the final quarter.
The Warriors would score six of the final period's first eight points to put the Pride away for good.
For the game, WSU shot 46 percent from the field and hit ten triples, four coming from Alex Matus. After the game, head coach Carrie Lohr said that offensive contributions by sophomore guard Sadia Johnson and Matus helped keep the opposition honest in the first half.
"Those were certainly positives [especially] when there's always been a lot of attention on Nastassja, Ja'Nae [WIlliams], and Shannon [Wilson]," she said. "[So] to have other players start to contribute especially in the scoring column, I thought that was key."
With the win, the Warriors improved their record to 16-6 and 10-5 in the GLIAC. The win also restored the Warriors one-game lead over Northwood University for fourth in GLIAC Tournament seeding. The top four teams receive a home game in the tournament quarterfinals. The Warriors also doubled their win total from last year with the win. Lohr said that accomplishing that feat with essentially the same roster is a credit to the team's effort.
"That's really just them playing together and sticking to the plan," Lohr said.
WSU returns to action at Saginaw Valley on Feb. 15, before playing its final regular season home game Feb. 17 versus the Timberwolves at 1 p.m.