MARSHALL, Minn. — The Winona State women’s basketball team closed its final regular-season road trip of the season on a high note, defeating Southwest Minnesota State 79-68 in NSIC women’s basketball action on Saturday in Marshall, Minn.

The Warriors (14-10, 12-8) entered the fourth quarter trailing 55-50, but put the pedal to the floor, scoring 29 points in the final quarter to seal a double-digit victory.

WSU opened the fourth on a 12-0 run in the first 2:33 to take a 62-55 lead and never looked back. Rachel Novotny started the run with six straight points and Emily Kieck finished it off with back-to-back 3-pointers.

Kieck led Winona State with 26 points and was 4 of 6 from behind the arc. Novotny tallied a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. And Gabie Doud scored 18 points.

Caleigh Rodning led the Mustangs (12-13, 9-11) with 22 points, while Sade Stelter scored 12 — all on 3s.


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Caleb Wagner’s buzzer-beater attempt came up empty as the Winona State men came up just short in a 69-67 loss to Southwest Minnesota State in NSIC men’s basketball.

The Warriors led by five with five minutes to go, but the Mustangs scored the final seven points on a Taylor Schaefer 3 and a pair of Ryan Bruggeman jumpers.

Kevion Taylor led WSU with 12 points, while Wagner scored 11, Tommy Gathje scored 10 and Charlie Koontz scored eight.

The Mustangs shot 48.3 percent from the field and were led by Bruggeman’s 28 points.