WAYNE – For the second straight night, the Wayne State College women’s basketball team was on the home court hosting a non-conference opponent.
From Rice Auditorium, WSC welcomed in Black Hills State Friday evening.
Black Hills State used a well-balanced attack of scoring to defeat Wayne State College, 66-50. Black Hills State improved to 2-1 while WSC fell to 2-1.
The loss also snapped a 48-game home court non-conference winning streak dating back to November 24, 2008 (UNK 66, WSC 50).
The Wildcats held an early lead of 14-13 in the first quarter before Black Hills State started to pull away in the second quarter of 19-12. Black Hills State led 32-26 at the break and outscored the ‘Cats, 20-14 in the third and 14-10 in the fourth for a final of 66-50.
Lauren Zacharias recorded a team-high 16 points and six rebounds (6-9 FG/4-5 3PT) followed by Maya Fitzpatrick with 11 points and three assists (4-8 FG/1-3 3PT/2-6 FT).
Other scoring came from Abby Kopecky with seven points and a team-high seven boards; Logan Hughes and Kylie Hammer with six points each as two points scoring came from Kassidy Pingel (three assists) and Ashley Gustavson.
Black Hills State outrebounded WSC, 38-25 (13-6 offensive) and had 15 second chance points (0 for WSC). WSC scored 18 points off 17 Black Hills State turnovers but turned the ball over 18 times giving up 14 points.
The Wildcats shot 17-48 (35.4%) from the floor, 6-21 (28.6%) from behind the arc and 10-15 (66.7%) at the charity stripe.
Black Hills State was led by nine points from Danica Kocer with 12 players scoring total.
Black Hills State finished 22-52 (42.3%) from the field, 7-22 (31.8%) from the three-point line and 15-19 (78.9%) from the foul line.
1st 2nd Half 3rd 4th Final:
13 19 32 20 14 66 – Black Hills State
14 12 26 14 10 50 – WSC
Both the Wayne State College women’s and men’s basketball teams will next open NSIC play on Tuesday, November 23 with Augustana University coming to town. The women’s game will tipoff at 5:30 p.m. followed by the men’s contest at 7:30 p.m. Pregame show coverage on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and waynedailynews.com on the Wildcat Sports Network will be at 5 p.m.