After losing four of their first seven games to begin 2012, the North Dakota State College of Science Lady Wildcats are looking to get back into the Mon-Dak Conference race.
Last two games
NDSCS has earned their first two wins of the conference season during the past week (January 30 – February 5). The Lady Wildcats improved to 2-3 in the Mon-Dak Conference with victories over Bismarck State College (82-74) on January 30 and Dakota College Bottineau (72-66) on February 2.
In the game against Bismarck State, NDSCS rallied late in the game to pick up the victory. The game was tight throughout as there were eight lead changes and six ties in the game. Leading the way for the Lady Wildcats was freshman Katie Wangberg with 14 point on 6-of- 7 shooting. Wangberg also grabbed four rebounds and came up with three steals. Sophomores Kaylin Sheets and Michelle Reif each contributed 13 points for NDSCS. Sheets also added four rebounds and five assists while Reif came up with four steals. Sophomore Dericka Griffis and freshman Chanel Dickenson hauled in 9 and 7 rebounds respectively.
NDSCS won their second straight game with a 72-66 victory over the Dakota College Bottineau. Griffis, who finished the game with 20 points and 7 rebounds, contributed 12 points in 12 minutes of action in the first half to propel the Lad Wildcats take a 37-32 lead into halftime.
Sheets, who leads NDSCS in scoring with 14.8 points a game, came alive in the second half as she continuously drove to the bucket. Sheets, who was 6-of-6 from the foul line, finished the game with 22 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Freshman point guard Sierra Benning contributed 9 rebounds and 6 assists.
The Lady Wildcats, 15-9 overall, have had an up-an-down season in 2011-12. NDSCS has had two winning streaks of at least three games with their longest being six-games. Although the Lady Wildcats haven’t lost more than two in a row, they have gone 2-4 in six-game stretches twice.
In addition to leading the team in scoring, Sheets leads the team in rebounds (5.9) and assists (3.3) per game. The Lady Wildcats other top scorers include Griffis (11.3 PPG and 5.7 RPG) and freshman Katie Campbell (9.5 PPG).