Win streak hits 6 games

Madison College women’s basketball team keeps finding ways to win

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Win streak hits 6 games

Sophomore guard Tianna Sackett drives in for a layup during the Madison College women’s basketball win over Rochester Community College on Nov. 20.

Sophomore guard Tianna Sackett drives in for a layup during the Madison College women’s basketball win over Rochester Community College on Nov. 20.

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Sophomore guard Tianna Sackett drives in for a layup during the Madison College women’s basketball win over Rochester Community College on Nov. 20.

ALFRED DAVIS / CLARION

ALFRED DAVIS / CLARION

Sophomore guard Tianna Sackett drives in for a layup during the Madison College women’s basketball win over Rochester Community College on Nov. 20.

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The WolfPack women’s basketball team continues to roll through their opponents into December, extending their red-hot winning streak to six.

Over the course of the run, the now 6-3 ‘Pack have always found a way to edge out their opponents when it mattered. Be it getting the entire team involved in the scoring, going on key scoring runs, or matching their opponents speed of play, Madison College has been able to meet and overcome the challenges they have faced.

When Carl Sandburg College came to Redsten Gymnasium all eight players put the ball in the net during the 81-66 win. Furthermore, five different players reached double-digits in scoring.

With such solid production from starters as well as off of the bench, the team took the lead late in the first quarter and ran with it, maintaining the advantage throughout the game. Guard Aniah Williams led the WolfPack in scoring with 17, while Jayla Connor had a double-double, grabbing 10 boards and netting 11.

The WolfPack stuck to winning ways in a nail-biter the following Tuesday, during which Jayla Connor hit a clutch free-throw to snatch victory from Rochester Community & Technical College late in the game. After falling behind 23-12 early in the first quarter, the WolfPack clawed their way back into the game, going on a 24-13 run.

The game went back and forth from that point until the game was tied at 69 and there were just 31 seconds left in the game. After a timeout from coach Lois Heeren, the ball was inbounded to Tianna Sackett who found Connor for the winning score.

Evonne Strahm led the ‘Pack in scoring and rebounds on the night with 19 and 9, respectively. Although the WolfPack only managed to go 1 of 12 from beyond the arc, they displayed their adaptability and managed to come up with the goods in other areas to keep hopes alive.

Madison College closed out the home stand with yet another victory against 20th-ranked Bryant & Stratton College (NJCAA Division II). They began strong, taking a 47-39 lead into halftime, but fell behind after the Bobcats ground them down with a run-and-gun style of offense.

They took over in the third quarter and gained an 81-74 margin over the ‘Pack with less than eight minutes remaining. Clearly fatigued from the Bobcats’ fast-paced style of play, the WolfPack needed to dig deep to answer. They did.

The ‘Pack out-hustled their opponents in front of home fans in the closing minutes, going on a 26-13 run as time expired to take the game 100-94. It was the first time in two years that the ‘Pack hit triple digits. Evonne Strahm was lights-out on the night, managing 33 points on her own and wrangling 15 rebounds. Aniah Williams and Jayla Connor had solid nights of their own, with 18 and 25 points, respectively.

The WolfPack will look to continue their streak into finals week with another home stand.  They welcome Western Technical College to Redsten Gymnasium on Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m. before facing UW-Waukesha and UW-Richland the next week.

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