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Viking Women host William Penn Saturday

Nov. 15, 2013 11:07 AM | Author: Mark Potts, Sports Information Director
Brittany Lehner is averaging 12.3 points and 5.5 rebounds this season for VCSU. (Mark Potts/VCSU)

Brittany Lehner is averaging 12.3 points and 5.5 rebounds this season for VCSU. (Mark Potts/VCSU) 

What: VCSU women's basketball
When: Saturday, 1 p.m. vs. William Penn
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The Valley City State women's basketball team plays the first of back-to-back games when they welcome William Penn to the W.E. Osmon Fieldhouse on Saturday.

The Vikings will also hit the road Sunday for a 2 p.m. exhibition game at NCAA Division II St. Cloud State University.

Valley City State and William Penn square off Saturday for just the second time in the past five years. Valley City State won the last meeting in 2009, 75-64 behind 24 points from former Viking center Abby Rittenhouse.

The Vikings (1-3) are coming off a 63-48 loss to Minnesota-Crookston on Tuesday night. It was an exhibition game, so it does not count towards VCSU's overall record.

Last weekend, the Vikings went 1-1 during the Cattle Classic at Concordia University (Neb.). VCSU handed Doane College its first loss of the season, 68-65 in their first game. The Vikings then fell 80-63 against No. 5 Concordia. Kelsey Hunter was named to the All Tournament Team.

Senior Brittany Lehner leads the Viking offense with 12 points per game this season. She is shooting 61 percent from the field and is also pulling down more than five rebounds per game. Hunter is averaging nine points per game while shooting 50 percent.

VCSU sophomore guard Erika Ettl emerged as a hot shooter at the Cattle Classic, scoring 22 points in the two games while making 5 of 10 3-point attempts.

William Penn (3-2) started the season 3-0, but lost to Briar Cliff and Morningside last weekend. The Statesmen are led by three players averaging double figure points. Janay Pritchett scores 13.6 points, Katie Golomski averages 12.2, and Dani Stahle chips in 10.4 points per game.

The Statesmen are playing the second of back-to-back games after a contest Friday night at Minnesota-Crookston.

Cathy Hanek is in her first year as head coach of the Vikings. She has a career record of 1-3 at the school. Mike Brown is in his second year at William Penn and has a career record of 22-12.
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