by AUSTIN WALLERT
From The Winonan, WSU’s student newspaper
The Winona State women’s basketball team traveled down to Fayette, Iowa, on Saturday, November 30, to take on the Upper Iowa Peacocks. This game marked the first conference matchup for the team.
The Warriors headed into the contest with a 4-0 record, fresh off winning the Quincy Subway Classic. The team took that momentum right into Saturday’s game, getting off to a hot start, leading 16-13 at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter was more of the same, with the Warriors headed into halftime with a 37-32 lead.
During the break, head coach Scott Ballard switched up the game plan and the Peacocks found it difficult to adjust, as the Warriors burst out of the locker room and stretched the lead to 49-32.
Shots started to fail in the fourth and the tempo needed to be slowed as the Peacocks crept back into the game 59-64.
However, the young Warriors team, which does not roster a single senior, showed veteran poise and closed things out to win the game 75-61.
That pushes the all-time series to 23-1 in the Warriors’ favor.
Junior center Emma Fee led the way for the Warriors with 15 points. Fee had her role on the team increase from 4.9 minutes per game last season, to 24.6 minutes so far this season.
Fee was not the only Warrior in double figures as sophomore forward Sydney Lodermeier dropped 13 points, while junior guard Emily Kieck and red-shirt junior Taylor Klug added 11 points of their own.
Junior guard Allie Pickrain was back from injury in this game. She made four field goals to finish with 10 points.
Leading the way on the glass for the Warriors were Lodermeier and Klug with six, while Kieck led the way in assists, dishing out six of them.
The Warriors started the 2017 season 5-0 as well, and only lost one of their first 14 before falling to 17-13 on the season.
The women hope to take this hot start and carry it further into the season, starting with games this weekend against Augustana University in Sioux Falls, S.D., and Wayne State College over in Wayne, Neb.