Viking women rally past William Penn, 74-69

Nov 16th, 2013 @ 3:57 pm | Author: Mark Potts, Sports Information Director
A late second-half rally carried the Viking women's basketball team to its second win of the season Saturday. Trailing William Penn 57-53 with 6 minutes remaining, the Vikings scored the next 11 points en route to a 74-69 victory.

Sierra Even made back-to-back jumpers to give VCSU its first lead of the second half at 59-57. Ashli Lee would follow with a 3 and Megan Trautman knocked down two free throws after a Viking steal for a 64-57 lead.

William Penn would fight back and eventually tied the game at 69-69 with 12 seconds remaining, but Ashli Lee knocked down one of two free throws for a 70-69 lead, and after a William Penn turnover Sadiqah Jihad made two free throws for a 72-69 lead. William Penn had a last gasp, but turned the ball over with 2.7 seconds remaining.

Brittany Lehner scored 20 points, including her 1,000th career point, to lead the Viking offense. Lehner knocked down 10 of 12 free throws, part of a 31-for-39 day at the line for VCSU. Megan Trautman went 8-for-8 at the line and also knocked down two 3-pointers for 14 points off the bench. Jihad and Even each added nine points.

Valley City State improves to 2-3 overall. The Vikings will hit the road Sunday for a 2 p.m. exhibition game at St. Cloud State University.