The Wolves losing streak reached seven games as they dropped a non-conference game to Wild Rose, Friday, Jan. 3.
The third quarter proved to be the difference as the Wildcats outscored Manawa 9-1 during the quarter to take control of the game. Manawa didn’t get any closer than six points and Wild Rose improved their record to 6-1 with a 36-24 victory.
Despite holding the Wildcats to three second quarter points, seven turnovers and a frigid 4 for 19 from the floor hurt Manawa’s chances. They finished the game shooting 11 of 51 from the floor and had 33 turnovers on the night.
Ashlee Strebe’s basket tied the game at two before the Wildcats finished the opening quarter with an 8-2 run to take a 10-4 lead. Jasmine Hanson tallied four of those points on her way to a game-high 15 points.
Frigid shooting by both teams opened the second quarter as the quarter’s first basket came with 1:57 left in the first half. Both teams combined for three baskets. The Wildcats held a 13-10 halftime lead.
Alissa Suehs free throw with 40 seconds left in the third quarter turned out to be Manawa’s only points in the quarter, while Hanson led the Wildcats with five points, propelling Wild Rose to a 22-11 lead after three quarters.
Suehs and Autumn Ferg sparked a 6-1 run to open the final eight minutes. With 5:58 left in the frame the Manawa Wolves pulled to within six at 23-17. A 13-2 run capped by Hanson’s three-pointer sealed Manawa’s fate.
Strebe finished with a career-high 11 points. Brogan Bartel finished with nine rebounds and Ferg finished with five. The Wolves also had nine steals with Suehs leading the way with four.
The Wolves return to conference play, Friday, Jan. 10, when they travel to Stevens Point Pacelli.