Late Turnover Dooms Upset Bid By Northern State

Wolves Fall To Central Region Top Seed Emporia State 73-68

The Northern State University women’s basketball team battled with Emporia State in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, however fell to the Hornets 74-68. The eight seeded Wolves threated for an upset, but let things slip away in the final minutes of play. The loss marks the end of the year for NSU who tallied a record of 23-8 this season.

Jill Conrad and Lauren Deadrick led the team with 19 points each in the game. Deadrick tallied a team leading nine rebounds and three assists, while Conrad notched eight boards and two assists. Deadrick was solid for the Wolves in the final game of her career shooting 8-of-11 from the floor and batting down two Emporia shots.

The two team’s traded baskets to open the fourth quarter. Emporia State went on a six point run mid-way through the quarter and the Wolves went to work. Jill Conrad and Devon Brecke knocked down back-to-back scores, and Brecke headed to the foul line tying the game at 68 all with just 47 seconds to play. A made ESU layup and NSU turnover resulted in the Wolves demise as they resorted to the “foul game” and gave up four made Hornet foul shots.

Paige Waytashek was the final Wolf in double-digits with 11 points, followed by Alexis Tappe and Devon Brecke with seven and six each. Miranda Ristau and Bethany Crosswait tallied the team’s final points in the game with four and two respectively.

The Wolves out-shot the Hornets 46.8 percent to 42.1 percent and out-rebounded their opponents 35 to 33 in the game. Northern tallied 44 points in the paint, and held Emporia State to just 18. ESU was hot from the arc shooting 45.2 percent and knocking down 14 3-point baskets in the win.

Seniors Devon Brecke and Lauren Deadrick exhausted their eligibility with the Wolves, playing in the final game of their careers. The duo tallied three straight NCAA Regional appearances and three straight 20-plus win seasons in their time at Northern.