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Eric Peterson, Published February 25 2012

No. 3 Wayne State holds on to beat Dragons

By Eric Peterson

epeterson@forumcomm.com

MOORHEAD – Minnesota State Moorhead just missed putting an exclamation point on its senior night Saturday.

No. 3-ranked Wayne State got a game-high 38 points from Ashley Arlen to hold on for a 77-73 victory against the Dragons in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference women’s basketball at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse.

“I think we played hard and we gave it a lot of effort,” said Dragons senior Angie Jetvig, who scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. “At the end of the game we just fouled too much and gave them free shots at the free-throw line. You’re not going to beat the No. 1 team in our conference by doing that.”

Wayne State (26-2, 20-2 NSIC) ended the season on an 11-game winning streak and are the No. 1 seed for the conference tournament, which starts Wednesday. The Dragons (14-12, 11-11) are the No. 7 seed and will play at Augustana next Wednesday.

“It’s nice to look back at the whole career that we’ve had, but our minds are set on next Wednesday and playing Augie,” Jetvig said. “This isn’t the end at all. We’re not looking to be done this week.”

Jetvig is the No. 2-leading scorer in program history. The 6-foot-2 forward from Hawley, Minn., has 1,533 career points through Saturday. Kari Farstveet (1989-93) is the top scorer with 1,634 points. Senior point guard Brittany Mayclin, from Bemidji, Minn., also played her final home game for the Dragons.

“I think people probably enjoyed watching Angie play because of her ability to score the basketball. She was very finesse,” Dragons head coach Karla Nelson said. “You end up being the second leading scorer, there must be something there on the offensive end.”

The Dragons led by as many as 14 points in the first half against Wayne State, but couldn’t hold the lead. Arlen scored 26 of her points in the second half to help spark the comeback.

The Wildcats took a 59-58 lead with 7 minutes, 50 seconds to play in the second half after Arlen sank two foul shots. That sparked a string of six consecutive Wayne State points. The Wildcats never trailed from that point.

The Dragons cut the Wayne State lead to 73-72 after Jetvig scored a 3-point play with 31 seconds remaining. The Wildcats, however, sank 4 of 6 foul shots in the final 30 seconds to secure the victory. Wayne State was 24 of 27 from the foul line in the second half.

“I thought we played pretty well for the most part,” Nelson said. “We put them in the bonus really early in the second half and that hurt us. I thought our passion for the game was good. … I think both teams played hard and got after it.”

WAYNE STATE (26-2, 20-2): Duwelius 3-7 2-2 10, Hansen 3-3 0-0 6, Schwartzwald 4-6 8-10 18, Arlen 9-19 16-17 38, Benson 0-6 0-0 0, Yassi 0-1 1-2 1, Brown 0-1 0-0 0, Gerdes 0-0 0-0 0, Epp 0-2 0-1 0, Kalbfell 2-5 0-0 4. Totals 21-50 27-32 77.

MSUM (14-12, 11-11): Mayclin 2-4 0-0 6, Yernatich 4-7 1-1 10, Shepard 2-5 2-2 6, Zabel 2-3 0-0 5, Jetvig 9-15 4-5 22, Palmer 0-0 0-0 0, Kraft 0-0 0-0 0, Thomforde 1-3 0-0 3, Charette 2-5 1-2 7, Strese 4-11 6-8 14. Totals 26-53 14-18 73.

Half: MSUM 33, WSC 29. 3-point goals: WSC 8-18 (Duwelis 2-5, Schwartzwald 2-3, Arlen 4-8, Yassi 0-1, Brown 0-1), MSUM 7-17 (Mayclin 2-3, Yernatich 1-4, Zabel 1-1, Jetvig 0-2, Thomforde 1-2, Charette 2-5). Total fouls: WSC 14, MSUM 22. Fouled out: Epp, Benson, Mayclin. Rebounds: WSC 28 (Arlen 9), MSUM 36 (Jetvig 11). Assists: WSC 12 (Schwartzwald 6), MSUM 15 (Mayclin 6). Steals: WSC 7 (Hansen 2), MSUM 2 (Mayclin, Yernatich). Turnovers: WSC 7 (Arlen 3), MSUM 14 (three players with 3).

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