WAYNE – After the Wayne State men and women went 5-1 and 4-1 respectively at Rice Auditorium the past few weeks, NSIC South Division basketball took to the road Saturday late afternoon into the evening.
From the Stewart Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, WSC visited USF for game three of the South Division schedule.
The Sioux Falls men opened the day with an 81-79 victory over WSC while the Cougar women defeated the Wildcats, 76-75.
The Wildcat men fell to 5-4 (2-1 NSIC South) as Sioux Falls now sits 5-4 (1-2).
The Wayne State women had their three-game winning streak snapped falling to 5-2 (2-1) while USF improved to 5-3 (2-1).
During the men’s game, Wayne State led 42-37 at the break before USF won the second half scoring, 44-37. Final favored the Cougars, 81-79.
Wayne State leaders were redshirt freshman Justin Eagins with a career-high 28 points (11-15 FG/6-9 3PT) while junior Jordan Janssen finished with 23 points, three assists, two steals, a block and eight rebounds (9-15 FG/5-7 FT).
Other scoring came from freshman Alec Millender with seven points and three assists, freshman Jay Saunders added five points and two steals, senior Ben Dentlinger tallied six points and two steals (139th career block), freshmen Cody McCullough (two blocks) and Zach LaFave both scored four points and freshman Sean Stokes scored two points.
WSC finished 31-57 (54.4%) from the field, 8-17 (47.1%) from behind the arc and 9-14 (64.3%) at the foul line.
USF was led in scoring by Matt Cartwright (scored go-ahead basket with 6.2 seconds left) with 32 points, Caedric Johnson added 14 points as Wesley Oba and Chase Grinde both scored 10 points.
The Cougars shot 31-60 (51.7%) from the floor, 7-21 (33.3%) from the three-point line and 12-17 (70.6%) from the charity stripe.
USF scored 17 points off 11 Wildcat turnovers while WSC scored 12 points off 11 Sioux Falls turnovers. WSC won the battle in the paint (42-32), fast break (13-8) and bench scoring (12-6), The Cougars out rebounded WSC, 36-25 (14-8 offensive) which led to 17 second chance points compared to 12 from Wayne State. WSC held at most a 14-point lead.
In the women’s contest, Wayne State started strong with a 22-17 opening quarter before Sioux Falls outscored the ‘Cats, 20-13 in the second. At the break, USF led 37-35. Sioux Falls added to their lead by a point with a 22-21 third before WSC used a 19-17 advantage in the fourth. Final favored USF, 76-75.
Senior Kylie Hammer posted a career-high 31 points, two assists and five rebounds (10-13 FG/3-5 3PT/8-10 FT), junior Logan Hughes followed with a season-high 16 points and five rebounds (6-12 FG/3-5 3PT/1-1 FT) as junior Kassidy Pingel poured in 12 points (3-10/1-4 3PT/5-6 FT).
Other scoring came from junior Lauren Zacharias with seven points and two assists, freshman Maya Fitzpatrick with six points, freshman Abby Kopeckey added two points and three assists as freshman Tate Norblade scored a point and blocked a shot.
WSC finished 22-45 (48-.9%) from the field, 8-17 (47.1%) from behind the arc and 23-31 (74.2%) at the foul line.
USF was led in scoring by Megan Fannin with 20 points, Krystal Carlson and Dallie Hoskinson both scored 12 points as Danielle Schaub had 11 points
The Cougars shot 22-59 (37.3%) from the floor, 8-26 (30.8%) from the three-point line and 24-29 (82.8%) from the charity stripe.
USF scored 22 points off 16 Wildcat turnovers while WSC scored 15 points off 15 Sioux Falls turnovers. USF won the bench scoring (24-3), fast break scoring (14-10) as both teams scored 24 points. The Cougars out rebounded Wayne State, 36-27 (16-4 offensive) which led to 14 second chance points compared to six from WSC.
The Wayne State College men’s and women’s basketball teams will next host Concordia St. Paul on Friday, December 10 at 5:30/7:30 p.m. and Minnesota State-Mankato on Saturday, December 11 at 3:30/5:30 p.m. Men’s games will be played first. Pregame show coverage will be set for 5 p.m. on Friday and 3 p.m. on Saturday on The City ‘KCTY’ 98.9/1590 and waynedailynews.com.