WAYNE – As one NSIC South Division Player of the Week streak ended, another continued as week six of the basketball season approaches.
According to a release from the Wayne State Athletics office, senior forward Erin Norling was named the NSIC South Division Women’s Basketball Player of the Week. It’s the second straight week, third time this season and fifth time in her Wildcat career that Norling has collected NSIC South Division Player of the Week honors.
Junior forward Jordan Janssen saw his three consecutive weeks of the NSIC South Division Men’s Player of the Week come to an end but still averaged a double-double as has recorded five straight double-doubles and now 33 in his career. Janssen scored 11 points and had 10 rebounds in Friday’s 58-57 win while adding another 11 points and 10 boards during Saturday’s 84-78 win at Winona State.
Norling, a 5-11 senior forward from Loretto, Minnesota (Delano HS), averaged 20.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 2.5 assists per game in a weekend home split against Winona State. She scored 21 points with nine rebounds in Friday’s 75-70 home loss and followed that with a 20-point, eight rebound effort in Saturday’s 72-61 victory over the Warriors. For the weekend, Norling shot 44.4 percent (16-36) from the field, 41.7 percent (5-12) from the three-point line and 80 percent (4-5) at the free throw line.
This season, Norling leads Wayne State in scoring (17.7) and rebounding (8.0), ranking third in the NSIC in scoring and tied for second in rebounding. She is tied for second in the league in minutes played per game (35.2) and tied for fourth in 3-point field goals per game at 2.3. With Norling’s 20-point performance Saturday, she became the seventh player in school history to score 1,500 points and now ranks sixth all-time with 1,513 points.
The Wayne State College women’s and men’s basketball teams will next face Sioux Falls during week six of the eight-week abbreviated league schedule. The Wildcat women are 5-5 on the season and tied for fifth in the NSIC South Division with a 4-4 record as they visit Sioux Falls Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m. while the Wayne State men are 6-4 overall and tied for first in the NSIC South Division with a 6-2 league record. The WSC men will host USF Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2:30 p.m.