DULUTH, MN – Nearly 500 miles away from northeast Nebraska, the Wayne State College women’s and men’s basketball teams closed out their final regular season cross division doubleheader.
From Romano Gymnasium in Duluth, Minnesota, WSC visited Minnesota Duluth Saturday.
During the women’s game, both teams scored 22 points in the opening quarter before Minnesota Duluth pulled away early in the second thanks to a 20-8 quarter. At the break, UMD led 42-30. The Bulldogs then outscored Wayne State 18-16 in the third and 17-8 in the fourth to win 77-54. Minnesota Duluth improves to 19-5 (16-2 NSIC) dropping Wayne State to 16-8 (11-7 NSIC).
Erin Norling scored 15 of her 22 points in the opening quarter (8-18 FG/3-4 3PT/3-4 FT) while also finishing with eight rebounds and two assists. Brittany Bongartz followed with 10 points (2-8 FG/6-8 FT) and grabbed seven boards.
Other scoring came from Halley Busse with seven points and three steals, Haley Vesey tallied five points, Kylie Hammer had three points while Autumn Mlinar, Taylor Wangerin and Ashley Gustavson all scored two points. Kassidy Pingel tallied one point.
WSC finished 18-53 (34%) from the floor, 6-16 (37.5%) from behind the arc and 12-16 (75%) at the charity stripe.
Four Bulldogs posted double figure scoring with Sarah Grow scoring 21 points off the bench. Brooke Olson added 13 points, Maesyn Thiesen tacked on 12 points and Taylor Schneider poured in 10 points.
The Duluth women shot 31-66 (47%) from the field, 7-19 (36.8%) from the three-point line and 8-12 (66.7%) from the foul line.
In the men’s game, UMD used a 12-point scoring run early in the opening half to go up 54-29 at the break leading at most by 25 points going into the locker room. WSC got a few early stops in the second half and outscored the Bulldogs 41-37. Final saw Minnesota Duluth win 91-70 to now sit 18-6 (13-5 NSIC) while the ‘Cats fell to 10-17 (7-11 NSIC).
Four Wildcats finished with double figure scoring led by Al’Tavius Jackson with 16 points (7-13 FG/2-5 3PT) followed by Nate Mohr with 14 points (5-9 FG/2-4 3PT/2-2 FT). Henry Penner provided 12 points off the bench (5-7 FG/1-3 3PT/12 FT) as Ben Dentlinger poured in 10 points and seven rebounds (5-10 FG).
Other scoring came from Jordan Janssen with eight points, 11 rebounds and two steals, Nick Ferrarini tallied seven points and three assists as Isaiah Burd scored three points.
WSC finished 29-61 (47.5%) from the floor, 7-18 (38.9%) from behind the arc and 5-7 (71.4%) at the charity stripe.
Four of the five Bulldog starters recorded double figures led by Brandon Myer with 21 points and nine rebounds. Drew Blair added 18 points, Logan Rohrscheib tallied 17 points, Alex Illikainen scored 15 points and Trevor Entwisle totaled six points and 11 assists.
The Duluth men shot 35-61 (57.4%) from the field, 15-29 (51.7%) from the three-point line and 6-6 (100%) from the foul line.
The Wayne State College women’s and men’s basketball teams will close out their home schedule with two weeks remaining on the season. WSC will host Concordia-St. Paul on Friday, February 14 at 5:30/7:30 p.m. before welcoming in Minnesota State-Mankato on Saturday, February 15 at 3:30/5:30 p.m.