Wayne State Men Secure Seventh Home Win, Wildcat Women Drop Saturday South Division Game With Minnesota State-Mankato

WAYNE – Just two conference games remain on the pre-Christmas schedule for the Wayne State College women’s and men’s basketball teams as the Wildcats hosted a top NSIC South Division program Saturday night.

Back at Rice Auditorium for a second straight night, WSC entertained Minnesota State-Mankato as the women’s team was receiving votes just outside the top 25 coaches poll while the men’s team was ranked #25 nationally.

The Wildcat men defeated #25 Minnesota State-Mankato, 79-69 as the Maverick women (RV) topped WSC, 63-52.

The Wayne State men improved to 7-4 (4-1 NSIC) as well at 7-1 at Rice Auditorium as Minnesota State dropped their third straight now at 7-3 (2-3). The Wayne State women fell to 6-3 (3-2 NSIC) while the Mavericks are off to a 9-0 (5-0) start.

In the men’s game, Wayne State College held a slight 31-27 lead at the break before outscoring MSU, 48-42 in the final 20 minutes. WSC held on for the 79-69 victory.

Wayne State double figure scoring came from redshirt freshman Justin Eagins with 23 points, seven boards and four steals (5-11 FG/1-5 3PT/12-14 FT); junior Jordan Janssen with 19 points, nine rebounds and two assists (7-12 FG/5-5 FT); freshman Alec Millender added 12 points (4-12 FG/1-4 3PT/3-4 FT) as freshman Jay Saunders contributed 10 points (3-8 FG/0-2 3PT/4-4 FT).

Other scoring came from freshman Cody McCullough with seven points and nine rebounds; senior Ben Dentlinger poured in five points and recorded three blocks (143 in career) as junior Nate Thayer tallied three points.

WSC shot 25-56 (44.6%) from the floor, 3-12 (25%) from behind the arc and 26-30 (86.7%) from the foul line.

Mankato leaders were Brady Williams with 19 points and 11 rebounds; Kyreese Willingham added 15 points; Harrison Braudis tacked on 14 points and Devonte Thedford poured in 10 points.

The Mavericks finished 27-63 (42.9%) from the field, 8-25 (32%) from the three-point line and 7-15 (46.7%) at the charity stripe.

Wayne State scored 17 points off of 14 Maverick turnovers while Minnesota State scored 15 points  off of 14 Wildcat turnovers. Wayne State won the battle in the paint (38-34) and fast break scoring (22-12) while MSU won the bench scoring (31-10). The Wildcats out rebounded the Mavericks, 37-28 (6-8 offensive), which led to just two second chance points compared to nine points from MSU.


From the women’s game, Minnesota State-Mankato jumped ahead thanks to a 17-4 opening quarter before Wayne State answered back with a 19-11 second. MSU led 28-23 at the break. The Mavericks had their own 19-11 quarter in the third while WSC won the fourth, 18-16. Final favored Minnesota State, 63-52.

Wayne State was led by senior Kylie Hammer with 25 points and two steals (10-15 FG/3-5 3PT/2-6 FT) which marked her fifth 20+ point game this season in nine games and ninth in career.

Other scoring came from junior Lauren Zacharias (three assists) who fouled out and freshman Maya Fitzpatrick with six points each; freshman Ella Skinner with five points; freshman Abby Kopecky with four points; junior Logan Hughes with three points; freshman Tate Norblade with two points as junior Kassidy Pingel had one point and a team-high 10 rebounds.

WSC shot 18-49 (36.7%) from the floor, 6-20 (30%) from behind the arc and 10-18 (55.6%) from the foul line.

Mankato leaders were Taylor Theusch with 16 points; Maddy Olson added 14 points and Emily Russo provided 10 points.

The Mavericks finished 24-60 (40%) from the field, 5-21 (23.8%) from the three-point line and 10-17 (58.8%) at the charity stripe.

Wayne State scored 16 points off of 15 Maverick turnovers while Minnesota State scored 13 points off of 26 Wildcat turnovers. Minnesota State won the battle in the paint (30-22) and bench scoring (19-11) while WSC won the fast break scoring (7-3), Minnesota State out rebounded Wayne State, 39-33 (13-8 offensive), which led to 12 second chance points compared to five from WSC.

The Wayne State College men and women will next visit Winona State on Friday, December 17 at 5:30/7:30 p.m. before travelling to Fayette, Iowa to face Upper Iowa on Saturday, December 18 at 3:30/5:30 p.m. Both games will be carried on The City ‘KCTY’ 98.9/1590 and waynedailynews.com with pregame show coverage for the men’s game first starting at 5 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday followed by the women’s games.