ST. CLOUD, MN – After snapping a five-year streak of hosting first round conference tourney play last year, the Wayne State College women’s basketball team began the postseason tournament on the road for the second straight season.
From Halenbeck Hall in St. Cloud, Minnesota, N2 St. Cloud State hosted S7 Wayne State College to open the NSIC/Sanford Health Women’s basketball tournament.
Wayne State trailed at-most by 15 points with 7:29 left in the third quarter and were only able to bring the game back within six points early in the fourth falling 75-62. St. Cloud improves to 20-7 while the Wildcats dropped their sixth straight falling to 16-13.
SCSU took the early first quarter lead of 26-18 before the ‘Cats cut into the deficit with a 15-10 second. At the break, St. Cloud State led 36-33. The Huskies then outscored WSC 21-16 in the third and 18-13 in the fourth to win 75-62.
Erin Norling scored 18 points to finish her third year with 1,336 points (12th all-time scoring) while grabbing eight rebounds (7-17 FG/3-7 3PT/1-1 FT) followed by Autumn Mlinar with 11 points and six boards (3-7 FG/1-2 3PT/4-4 FT).
Other Wildcat scoring came from Halley Busse with seven points, four steals and four assists, Brittany Bongartz added six points, Joey Ryan and Kylie Hammer scored five points and had four assists each, Awoti Akoi tacked on four points as Lauren Zacharias and Haley Vesey both hit three-point shots.
WSC finished 23-60 (38.3%) from the field, 8-24 (33.3%) from the three-point line and 8-8 (100%) at the charity stripe.
Four Dragons poured in double figures led by Madelin Dammann with 20 points. Brehna Evans added 18 points, Tori Wurtz scored 15 points and Nikki Kilboten tallied 13 points.
The Dragons shot 28-59 (47.5%) from the floor, 10-26 (38.5%) from behind the arc and 9-11 (81.8%) at the foul line.
NSIC women’s quarterfinal games are scheduled for Sunday, March 1 from the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.