Alyssa Carver, Graduate Assistant
SPEARFISH – The Yellow Jackets women’s basketball team fell to 6-3 after an overtime loss to the Western Colorado University Mountaineers Saturday night.
The Yellow Jackets started out the game strong going up 4-0 early before Western Colorado was able to take the lead and hold on to it through much of the first half. Going into halftime the Mountaineers were up 7, 35-28.
Coming out of the half the Yellow Jackets started making their come back outscoring the Mountaineers 17-11 to cut the lead the Mountaineers lead to one at the end of the third. In the fourth quarter the Yellow Jackets tied the game forcing overtime with both teams even at 60.
Overtime did not go in favor of the Yellow Jackets with the Mountaineers outscoring the Jackets 10-1. The final score of the contest was 70-61 in favor of the Mountaineers.
Megan Engesser led the Yellow Jackets in scoring putting up 22 points with six three-pointers, seven field goals, and shooting a perfect 2 for 2 at the free throw line. Following closely behind was Racquel Wientjes who was able to record 19 points of her own putting her 22 points away from her 1,000th career point.
As a team the Yellow Jackets shot 31.7% (20-of-63) from the field and 32.3% (10-of-31) from beyond the arc throughout the night. The team shot 61.1% from the free throw line making 11 of 18.
Leading the Jackets defensively were both Wientjes and Katie Messler who recorded 8 boards apiece. The Jackets played aggressive ball throughout the night recording 12 steals on the night with Wientjes and Messler recording three steals each and Alyssia Martinez following closely behind with two of her own.
Emmery Wagstaff had 17 points and five rebounds for the Mountaineers.