The Wayne State women's basketball team saw their seven-game win streak come to an end with a 101-84 loss to No. 1 ranked Ashland University at the Matthaei on Feb. 1.
Sophomore guard Nastassja Chambers scored the Warriors first four points of the game to give WSU a 4-3 lead in the first quarter. After taking a 9-6 lead on a triple by senior forward Payton Birchmeier, Wayne State finished the quarter by outscoring the Eagles 14-8 to take a 23-14 lead into the second quarter.
The Warriors maintained a double-digit lead for most of the second, leading by as much as thirteen points. WSU held a 36-26 lead with 2:52 left in the half, when AU erupted on offense, taking a 43-38 lead into the intermission.
Head Coach Carrie Lohr said that Ashland's ability to get points off of turnovers helped get them back in the game late in the half.
"We threw the ball away too much in the second quarter, [and] that resulted in some easy buckets for them," Lohr said. "Even if it's one or two [turnovers], that's a momentum swing."
In the third quarter, Ashland used a 13-0 run to start the half to take a 56-40 lead that they would hold for the rest of the game.
After the game, Lohr said that the team's perimeter defense fell short of expectations.
"I'm disappointed in how we defended inside, Ashland scored 68 points in the paint to our 36, and at times we made it look too easy for them," Lohr said.
Wayne State had four players score in double-figures, led by senior guard Shannon Wilson, who scored 20 points, with Chambers and junior guard Ja'Nae Williams each adding 19.
The Warriors fell to 14-5 on the season and 9-4 in the GLIAC with the loss.
"A game like tonight is certainly very taxing on our kids who played major minutes, so hopefully they can get some rest tonight and tomorrow, bounce back and be ready to go," she said.
WSU returns to the Matthaei on Feb. 10 when they take on Purdue Northwest at 1 p.m.