SIOUX FALLS, SD – With a pair of home games on the schedule in early January for the Wayne State College men’s and women’s basketball teams, WSC began 2022 with a rematch from earlier in the season.
From the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the Wildcats visited Augustana University Sunday afternoon into the evening.
The Augustana men defeated WSC, 71-55 while the Augie women won 74-63 against Wayne State.
The Augie men improved to 11-2 (5-2 NSIC) as Wayne State College fell to 7-6 (4-3) as the Viking women have now won four straight to now sit 7-5 (3-5) with WSC falling to 7-5 (4-4).
During the men’s game, Augustana led 35-26 at the break before outscoring the Wildcats, 36-29 in the second half. Final favored the Vikings, 71-55. WSC scored a season-low and fell to 0-5 in games played away from Rice Auditorium as the Augie men improved to 6-0 at home.
Wayne State College was led in scoring by junior Jordan Janssen (4-10 FG/2-2 FT) with 10 points and five rebounds as freshman Jay Saunders (3-6 FG/0-1 3PT/4-6 FT) added 10 points and four rebounds.
Other scoring came from redshirt freshman Justin Eagins with nine points along with team-bests three blocks, three steals and seven rebounds; freshman Alec Millender added nine points and four assists; senior Ben Dentlinger tallied six points and six boards; junior Nate Mohr poured in five points; freshman Zach LaFave finished with four points as freshman Cody McCullough had two points.
WSC shot 22-59 (37.3%) from the field, 3-17 (17.6%) from behind the arc and 8-12 (66.7%) at the foul line.
Augustana leaders were Dylan LeBrun with 18 points as Adam Dykman, Jameson Bryan and Isaac Fink all scored 12 points. Tyler Riemersma added 10 rebounds.
The Vikings finished 29-54 (53.7%) from the floor, 8-13 (61.5%) from the three-point line and 5-10 (50%) at the charity stripe.
Wayne State College scored 14 points off 18 Viking turnovers while Augustana answered with 18 points off 17 Wildcat turnovers. WSC won the battle in the paint (28-26) and fast break scoring (9-6) while both teams finished with 11 points off the bench. WSC out rebounded Augie, 34-33 (10-5 offensive) which led to 10 second chance scoring compared to five by Augie.
In the women’s contest, Augie built a 17-12 first quarter lead before Wayne State won the second quarter, 20-18. The Vikings led by one score at 35-32 at the break. Augustana then took control in the third quarter thanks to a 20-11 scoring clip compared to Wayne State’s 20-19 fourth. Final favored Augustana with the 74-63 victory.
Wayne State College was led in scoring by junior Kassidy Pingel (6-10 FG/3-6 3PT/3-6 FT) with 18 points and four rebounds while senior Kylie Hammer (6-15 FG/1-5 3PT/4-8 FT) finished with 17 points and left the game late in the third quarter after getting poked in the eye and losing a contact (no foul called) and did not return in the fourth quarter.
Other scoring came from junior Lauren Zacharias with nine points, four assists and four rebounds; freshman Tate Norblade added six points, four rebounds and two steals; junior Logan Hughes finished with five points; freshman Maya Fitzpatrick poured in four points as freshmen Abby Kopecky (four rebounds) and Avery Kallman both scored two points.
WSC shot 19-58 (32.8%) from the field, 6-27 (22.2%) from behind the arc and 19-31 (61.3%) at the foul line.
Augustana leaders were Lauren Sees with 24 points, Vishe’ Rabb added 19 points as Aislinn Duffy poured in 13 points.
The Vikings finished 29-56 (51.8%) from the floor, 7-17 (41.2%) from the three-point line and 9-13 (69.2%) at the charity stripe.
Wayne State College scored 18 points off 15 Viking turnovers while Augustana answered with 13 points off nine Wildcat turnovers. Augie won the battle in the paint (38-22) and fast break scoring (11-7) while WSC won the bench scoring (10-6). Augie out rebounded WSC, 42-29 (9-13 offensive) which led to 19 second chance scoring compared to 13 by WSC.
Over the next four weeks, Wayne State College will compete with eight NSIC North Division opponents as the Wildcats return to Rice Auditorium on Friday and Saturday, January 7 – 8. WSC will host Northern State at 5:30/7:30 p.m. on January 7 before entertaining MSU Moorhead at 3:30/5:30 p.m. on January 8. Men’s games will be played first and women’s second for two more weekends.