Maverick Women Hold Onto 20-Point First Half Lead, WSC Men End 14-Game Losing Streak At Minnesota State

MANKATO, MN – The Wayne State College women’s and men’s basketball teams opened the weekend with an NSIC South Division match-up.

From the Taylor Center in Mankato, Minnesota, WSC visited Minnesota State Friday night.

In the women’s game, Minnesota State-Mankato took control of the first half by outscoring Wayne State 19-11 in the first and 28-16 in the second. At the break, the Mavericks led 47-27. The ‘Cats started to mount their comeback by winning the third and fourth quarters 21-16 each and pulling within single digits but lost 79-69. Minnesota State improves to 10-7 (7-6 NSIC) while Wayne State fell to 13-6 (8-5 NSIC).

Erin Norling paced Wayne Sate in scoring 13 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals (5-13 FG/0-2 3PT/3-4 FT). Brittany Bongartz (five boards) and Halley Busse (three assists) both scored 11 points.

Other scoring came from Josey Ryan with nine points, Autumn Mlinar tallied seven points, Kylie Hammer scored six points, Ashley Gustavson tacked on four points as Haley Vesey, Lauren Zacharias, Kassidy Pingel and Taylor Wangerin all scored two points.

Wayne State shot 23-58 (39.7%) from the field, 2-14 (14.3%) at the three-point line and 21-25 (84%) from the foul line.

Five Mavericks recorded double digit scoring led by a double-double from Kristi Fett with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Maddy Olson scored 13 points, Joey Batt added 12 points as Tayla Stuttley and Rachel Shumski both scored 10 points.

The Maverick women finished 26-74 (35.1%) from the floor, 7-25 (28%) from behind the arc and 20-27 (74.1%) at the charity stripe.


During the men’s contest, Wayne State built a 12-point lead halfway through the first half before staying ahead 39-38 at the break. The Mavericks took the lead back early in the second half and led at most by five points as the contest featured eight ties and eight lead changes. Nick Ferrarini made the go-ahead basket with five seconds left while Minnesota State missed the game winner. Final saw WSC hold on for the 73-71 victory to end a 14-game losing streak against the Mavericks and win their first game since 2012 in Mankato. Wayne State is now 7-15 (4-9 NSIC) while MSU fell to 10-9 (8-5 NSIC).

Ferrarini finished with 21 points (7-9 FG/3-4 3PT/4-5 FT) followed by Jordan Janssen with 14 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals (7-12 FG/0-1 FT). Nate Mohr scored 12 points (4-8 FG/2-4 3PT/2-2 FT) and Al’Tavius Jackson tallied 11 points and six rebounds (5-10 FG/1-3 3PT).

Other scoring came from Ben Dentlinger with six points and three blocks, Nate Thayer tacked on five points as Isiah Burd and Henry Penner both scored two points.

Wayne State shot 30-55 (54.5%) from the field, 7-14 (50%) at the three-point line and 6-8 (75%) from the foul line.

Three Mavericks poured in double digit scoring led by Ryland Holt with 17 points, Cameron Kirksey scored 15 points and Corvon Seales tallied 14 points.

The Maverick men finished 26-59 (44.1$) from the floor, 10-29 (34.5%) from behind the arc and 9-12 (75%) at the charity stripe.

The Wayne State College women and men will next visit Concordia-St. Paul on Saturday, January 25 at 3:30/5:30 p.m. Join Voice of the Wildcats, Aaron Scheffler Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and Pregame coverage on the Wildcat Sports Network is set for 3 p.m.