WAYNE – After about two weeks away from conference action, both the Wayne State College women’s and men’s basketball teams began their 2020 league schedule Friday night.
The first of four home weekends over the next two months featured WSC hosting the University of Sioux Falls Cougars from Rice Auditorium.
During the women’s game, USF took the early lead up 21-15 in the first which grew to 41-30 at the break thanks to a 20-15 second. WSC then began to chip away at the deficit with a 20-17 third quarter before both teams scored 20 points in the fourth to favor #18 Sioux Falls 78-70. The Cougars improve to 12-2 (5-2 NSIC) while WSC fell to 9-4 (4-3 NSIC).
Wayne State College turned the ball over 28 times which led to 38 USF points. The game was tied for a combined two minutes as Sioux Falls led for 38 minutes.
Three Wildcats poured in double figure scoring led by Halley Busse scoring 21 points (5-10 FG/2-6 3PT/9-9 FT). Brittany Bongartz followed with 18 points, nine rebounds and six blocks (7-15 FG/0-2 3PT/4-5 FT) as Erin Norling secured her third double-double of the season with 16 points and 14 boards to go along with three assists (6-15 FG/3-4 3PT/1-2 FT).
Other scoring came from Kylie Hammer and Lauren Zacharias both with six points while Josey Ryan tallied three points and two steals.
Wayne State shot 23-50 (46%) from the field, 6-15 (40%) from behind the arc and 18-21 (85.7%) at the foul line.
USF was led by Kaely Hummel with 22 points followed by reserves Anna Goodhope scoring 18 points and Jessie Geer adding 11 points. Jacey Hunker didn’t score but grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.
The Cougars finished 26-68 (38.2%) from the floor, 6-16 (37.5%) from the three-point line and 20-28 (71.4%) at the charity stripe.
In the men’s game, Wayne State led early before Sioux Falls scored 14 straight points in the first half. WSC ended the half hitting a three to trail 30-28 at the break. In the second half, USF took advantage of early turnovers to built at-most a 16-point lead before outscoring WSC 47-37 to win 77-65. The Cougars are now 10-3 (6-1 NSIC) as Wayne State fell to 5-11 (2-5 NSIC).
WSC was paced by Jordan Janssen recording his ninth double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds to go along with four assists and five blocks (4-9 FG/6-8 FT). Al’Tavius Jackson added 13 points and five rebounds (5-10 FG/1-5 3PT/2-2 FT), Nate Mohr had 12 points (4-15 FG/4-11 3PT) as Nate Thayer came off the bench and scored 10 points (4-5 FG/2-3 3PT).
Other scoring came from Ben Dentlinger with six points, six boards and two blocks; Nick Ferrarini followed with five points; Henry Penner tallied three points and six boards and Tramarcus Levi tacked on two points and six boards.
Wayne State shot 22-57 (38.6%) from the field, 7-22 (31.8%) from behind the arc and 14-21 (66.7%) at the foul line.
Sioux Falls leaders were Trevon Adams with 16 points, Austin Slater posted a double-double with 15 points and 13 boards as Teathloach Pal and Chase Grinde both scored 10 points.
The Cougars finished 28-70 (40%) from the floor, 9-19 (47.7%) from the three-point line and 12-19 (63.2%) at the charity stripe.
The Wayne State College women and men are back at home Saturday hosting Southwest Minnesota State at 3:30/5:30 p.m. Pregame coverage on the Wildcat Sports Network (Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9) and waynedailynews.com is set for 3 p.m. SMSU women defeated Augustana 60-55 while the Mustang men lost to Augie 64-61.