Lady Stangs can’t hold on
With two seniors playing their last home game for WNMU, it would have been a special night to get that first win but Regis University came storming back in the second half to snatch the win from the Lady Stangs 81-62.
Western got off to a good start and held and early lead before the Rangers sank a couple of three point shots to start a run midway through the first period that eventually built the Regis lead to as many as 11 points. Then Amanda Tucker, one of the outgoing seniors, decided that was enough. Tucker hit three straight long shots and added a layup as WNMU charged from behind with 4 minutes to go in the half to retake the lead. The Lady Stangs would go into the half with a 2 point edge over Regis.
Western would continue their hot shooting as the second half started getting a 3 point shot from Lonnie Sanchez, the other WNMU senior, to build the lead to five. The two teams would trade buckets for the next few minutes. Then it was as if someone had flipped a switch; WNMU couldn’t make a shot and Regis couldn’t miss. The Rangers went on a 16 point run that turned the WNMU lead into an 11 point deficit. Heather Hamilton finally ended the Lady Stang scoring drought with a bucket and a free throw to cut the Ranger lead to 8 but that’s as close as Western would get. Regis University shot 52% from the floor in the second half and took 17 free throw shots compared to only 6 by WNMU. That was all Regis needed to pull away at the end.
Tucker ended the night with 19 points, a season high. Sanchez added 9. Morgan Wohltman hit for 11 and had a team high 5 boards. Kari Ameling of Regis led all scorers with 23 points. WNMU will close out the 2011-12 season on the road next Saturday at rival New Mexico Highlands University.