Second-half surge sparks Wayne State
Laquisha Cook scored 19 of her 28 points in the second half to lead the Wayne State Wildcats to an 80-63 victory over the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs in the Hyatt Place Mountain Lion Classic Friday Evening at the Lions' Den.
Cook made nine of her 12 second-half field goal attempts as Wayne State (3-1) dominated the Mountain Lions, outscoring them 52-26.
Kylee McGill had 15 rebounds for the Wildcats, who built a 45-35 advantage on the boards. Through their first five games, the Mountain Lions had outrebounded their opponents by an average of 11.2 boards per game.
Tonya Tripp and Nancy Hoist each had 12 points to lead UCCS (4-2), while Emily Jenkins added 11. Tripp grabbed a team-high eight rebounds and Janean Jubic had six assists.
A pair of free throws gave the Mountain Lions a 16-6 lead seven minutes into the game. Wayne State got back to within two twice, but a 3-pointer by Jenkins, free throws by Hoist and Whitney Knobbe and a layup by Alex Pitts gave UCCS a 7-0 run over the final 3:36 of the half to go into the intermission with a 37-28 lead.
The Mountain Lions still led 47-42 five minutes into the second half when an 8-0 run gave Wayne State a three-point lead. That lead was sitting at one at the 9:55 mark when the dam burst. The Wildcats dominated the rest of the way, outscoring UCCS 25-9.
UCCS will play South Dakota Saturday at 6 p.m., while Wayne State will face Adams State at 1 p.m.
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