Williston State College hosted the Lake Region State College Royals in a double-header of men’s and women’s hardwood action at the Well on Friday, Feb. 8. This was the second time in as many nights that the Well had hosted a Tetons double-header.
The last time these two schools met on the court was during the Mondak Preseason Tournament, back on Nov. 1, as the Teton men’s team recorded a convincing 84-58 victory over the Royals. Meanwhile WSC’s women’s team suffered an 80-67 loss that day to Lake Region State.
This time around, the women’s contest was a highly competitive game throughout as neither team was able to build a large lead. The Tetons relied upon the inside presence of 5-foot-9 inch freshman Gabriella Capasso to create early offensive opportunities in the first half. Capasso enjoyed success drawing a number of fouls in the paint, and paced the club in scoring with 13 points after two quarters of play. By intermission, the Tetons enjoyed a slim 25-24 advantage.
In the third quarter, the neck and neck battle continued. Eventually, the Royals outscored the Tetons 20-16 in the period, and took a 44-41 lead into the fourth quarter. Despite trailing at this point in the game, sharpshooting WSC freshman Kristen Gould came alive in the third quarter. After a quiet first half, Gould drained three triples in the period.
With the game still hanging in the balance in the fourth, the Tetons were in need of more hot shooting from Gould, and she delivered. The Texas product converted on four more shots from downtown in the final period, and ended the game converting on 8-of-10 attempts from deep for a game-high 24 points.
The Tetons also received contributions down the stretch from Capasso, who continued her strong play in crunch time. She concluded the game with 23 points and seven boards. WSC led by as many as six points in the fourth en route to a 70-68 victory. The Williston State women’s squad now owns a season mark of 6-19.
In the men’s game, the Tetons had little trouble with visiting Lake Region State. Williston State built a 50-31 advantage by halftime, and led by double-digits throughout the second half, cruising to a 108-86 victory. Five players reached double figure scoring totals for WSC, and guard James Jones continued his spectacular sophomore campaign as he concluded matters by posting a game-high 37 points for the Tetons. It was the 12th game this season in which Jones was able to register at least 30 points.
Now winners of eight of their last nine games, the Teton men’s team improves their record to 15-9 on the year. Up next for both Williston State basketball clubs, they will play on the road against United Tribes Technical College on Monday, Feb. 11.