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WBB: Vikings Fall to Hot Shooting Wildcats

Jan 12th, 2013 @ 4:01 pm | Author: Viking Sports Admin
The #12th ranked lady Vikings took on fellow A.I.I. member Johnson and Wales. The Vikes played at the Wildcats gym earlier in the season coming away with a 78-38 win on Dec 16th.

In the rematch the Vikings started slowly trailing 4-11 eight minutes into the game, but he Vikings tied the game at the nine minute mark in the first half. The VCSU run was aided by some sloppy Wildcat ball handling and high pressure Viking defense that led to several turnovers and easy transition buckets for the Vikes.

The first half ended with a late three by the Wildcats that gave them a 33-31 halftime lead over VCSU.

The Teams traded baskets for the first five minutes of the second half and the score was tied at 39 at the fifteen minute mark. The wildcats went on a 5-0 run to take the lead at 39-44 as the Vikings went cold from the field. At the thirteen minute mark Katelyn Ralston surpassed the 1000 point mark for her college career and closed the deficit to two points for the Vikings, but the Wildcats would respond with a quick layup and a fast break pull up three to extend the lead to seven with eleven minutes remaining in the game.

The Vikings struggled to get their offense going throughout the second half and the Wildcats took advantage. The lead grew to 14 (44-59) as the Vikings could only muster three points over a five minute span midway through the second half.

The Vikings would make a run closing the score to 61-67 with 3:36 to go, and 72-74 in the closing seconds, but the hot shooting of the Wildcats (16-30, 52% from 3 point) would continue and the Wildcats would ice the game from the free throw line for a final of 72-76.

The loss moves the Vikings to 14-3 on the season.

Leaders for the Vikings were:
Katelyn Ralston ö 18 points
Brittany Lehner ö 15 rebounds
Sadiqah Jihad ö 5 steals