Augustana forced 29 turnovers on Wayne State, resulting in a 35-8 advantage in points off turnovers, as the visiting Vikings held off the Wildcats 83-78 in overtime Monday evening in the Northern Sun Conference women’s basketball opener for both teams at Rice Auditorium. Augustana is now 3-0 and 1-0 in league play while WSC falls to 4-3 and 0-1 in the NSIC.
The game featured 15 ties and 16 lead changes after Augustana scored the opening 10 points of the contest for a 10-0 lead 3:48 into the contest. WSC then scored the next nine and finished the opening stanza with a 13-12 lead.
The second quarter featured five ties and seven lead changes. WSC held a 20-16 lead at the 7:50 mark following a Maggie Schulte jumper, but the Vikings rallied to take a 33-31 lead at intermission.
WSC built an eight-point lead late in the third quarter at 52-44 following a Paige Ballinger free throw with 1:23 to play in the quarter and finished with a 55-50 lead after three.
Augustana scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter to take a 57-55 lead and neither team led by more than two points with Ballinger making a layup with 25 seconds to play for the game’s 14th tie at 69-69 sending the game into overtime.
After Augustana took the lead in overtime on a Presley O’Farrell 3-pointer for a 72-69 lead, WSC scored the next five points on a Kacie O’Connor layup and 3-pointer to take their only lead at 74-72. The Vikings scored eight straight points to take the lead for good at 80-75. The ‘Cats got as close as three at 81-78 on a Ballinger three-point play, but the Vikings sealed the win with a Presly O’Farrell basket to win 83-78.
Ballinger led Wayne State with 22 points followed by O’Connor with 14 and Erin Norling 11.
Wayne State made 25 of 53 shots for 47.2 percent and wsa 6 for 17 behind the arc. The ‘Cats were 22 of 30 (73.3%) at the charity stripe.
Logan O’Farrell led Augustana with 21 points and 11 rebounds followed by Paige Peterson with 20 off the bench. Presley O’Farrell and Shelby Selland added 15 and 14 points respectively.
Augustana shot 37.3 percent from the field on 31 of 83, going 7 for 27 from 3-point range and 14 for 18 at the free throw line.
WSC out-rebounded Augustana 45-40 with Maggie Schulte grabbing 10 boards for the Wildcats.
Wayne State had 29 turnovers in the game to just 14 for Augustana, leading to a commanding 35-8 advantage in points off turnovers for the Vikings.
Norling had four of Wayne State’s 13 assists and two of the six blocks for the ‘Cats.
The Wildcats return to non-conference play Friday hosting Peru State in a 5 p.m. contest at Rice Auditorium.