WINONA, Minn. – In her final game in McCown Gymnasium, Winona State senior Abby Busch made it a night to remember, recording the greatest offensive performance in program history.
Busch set a school record with 39 points, leading the Winona State women's basketball team to an 84-76 victory over Augustana Saturday in its regular season finale.
Busch was nearly perfect on the game, going 14-of-16 from the floor while making 11 of her 12 free throw attempts. Her 39 points breaks the previous record of 36 set by Pat Neder against Bemidji State in 1989. Busch also grabbed 11 rebounds, recording her third double-double of the season and the seventh of her career.
Busch wasn't the only Warrior to have a strong night offensively. Tara Roelofs scored 17 points while grabbing three rebounds and handing out three assists and Connor Naglechipped in 12 to go along with six rebounds and a team-high four assists.
Kali Hackmann added eight points as the Warriors shot 53.6 percent (30-of-56) on the game. The team's 84 points are also the most it has scored in a game this season.
Winona State staked itself to a 14 point lead at halftime, shooting 56.7 percent to go into the locker room with a 45-31 advantage. Three Warriors scored in double figures in the first half, with Busch scoring 14 to lead the way.
WSU kept its lead large in the early portions of the second half, moving the advantage to 16 with just over 14 minutes remaining. The Vikings made a run, tying the game at 59 with 10:43 to play after putting together a 16-0 run.
While Augustana was able to tie the game, it was never able to grab a lead, with the Busch and the Warriors making enough plays down the stretch to cement the victory.
The Warriors also controlled the glass throughout the game, outrebounding Augustana 42-23 while holding a 12-9 advantage on the offensive boards.
Winona State (10-16 overall, 6-16 NSIC) will begin its postseason on Wednesday when it hits the road for the first round of the NSIC/Sanford Health Basketball Tournament.
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