WAYNE – With several games across the league being canceled due to COVID-19 protocols, the Wayne State College men and women played their only game Friday evening.
From Rice Auditorium, WSC welcomed in North Division foe Northern State who both played at separate locations last January to begin the COVID-shortened season.
The Wayne State men defeated Northern State, 69-53 while the NSU women won 64-53 against WSC.
The Wildcat men won their eighth home game of the season and are 8-6 (5-3 NSIC) while Northern State fell to 10-7 (4-5 NSIC) as the Wayne State women fell to 7-6 and NSU is now 7-7 with both teams at 4-5 in league play.
During the men’s game, Wayne State College led 33-24 at the break before outscoring NSU, 36-29 in the final 20 minutes. Again, the Wayne State men won 69-53.
Wayne State leaders were redshirt freshman Justin Eagins with 20 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals (8-19 FG/2-9 3PT/2-2 FT); junior Jordan Janssen added 12 points and eight boards (5-9 FG/2-2 FT) while freshman Alec Millender finished with 11 points and three assists (3-6 FG/3-5 3PT/2-2 FT).
Janssen moved to #9 all-time in career scoring with 1,427 points and #4 all-time in career rebounding with 881 for Wayne State College.
Other scoring came from senior Ben Dentlinger with six points and four blocks, junior Nate Mohr scored six points; freshman Sean Stokes and Cody McCullough both tallied five points as junior Nate Thayer had four points. Freshman Jay Saunders had three assists.
WSC shot 25-56 (44.6%) from the field, 9-25 (36%) from behind the arc and 10-12 (83.3%) at the charity stripe.
Northern State was led in scoring by Jordan Belka with 20 points as Sam Masten added 11 points.
The Wolves finished 20-51 (39.2%) from the floor, 7-26 (26.9%) from the three-point line and 6-11 (54.5%) from the foul line.
Wayne State College scored 13 points off 15 Northern State turnovers while NSU had 13 points off nine Wildcat turnovers. WSC won the battle in the paint (28-26), fast break scoring (15-0) and bench scoring (20-6). WSC out rebounded Northern State, 34-32 (8-9 offensive) which led to six second chance scoring compared to 13 points by Northern State.
In the women’s contest, Northern State jumped ahead with a 23-9 first quarter before Wayne State answered back with a 19-9 second. At the break, Northern State 32-28. Both teams scored 13 points in the third quarter before the Wolves pulled away in the fourth with a 19-12 scoring clip. Final favored NSU over WSC, 64-53.
Wayne State leaders were junior Logan Hughes with a season-high 20 points (5-13 FG/4-8 3PT/6-6 FT) while junior Lauren Zacharias added 11 points, nine rebounds, six steals and four assists (3-21 FG/1-11 3PT/4-6 FT).
Other scoring came from freshman Maya Fitzpatrick with seven points and five steals, junior Kassidy Pingel added six points and seven rebounds, freshman Tate Norblade scored five points in her first career start as sophomore Annie Guentzel and freshman Avery Kallman both scored two points.
WSC shot 16-64 (25%) from the field, 6-27 (22.2%) from behind the arc and 15-18 (83.3%) at the charity stripe.
Northern State was led in scoring by Lexi Roe with 24 points, Rianna Fillipi poured in 15 points and Brynn Alfson added 10 points. Laurie Rogers grabbed 13 rebounds and recorded seven blocks.
The Wolves finished 17-49 (34.7%) from the floor, 3-13 (23.1%) from the three-point line and 27-32 (84.8%) from the foul line.
Wayne State College scored 17 points off 23 Northern State turnovers while NSU answered with five points off 12 Wildcat turnovers. Northern State won the battle in the paint (24-18) as WSC won the fast break scoring (10-8) and bench scoring (4-3). Northern State out rebounded WSC, 48-30 (11-10 offensive) which led to nine second chance scoring compared to seven by WSC.
The Wayne State basketball teams were scheduled to host MSU Moorhead on Saturday, but the doubleheader has since been canceled due to COVID-19 protocols with the Dragon basketball programs. This is the second time the Wildcat men have had to deal with an opponent cancelling on them and the first for the WSC women. The doubleheader is considered a no-contest and will not be made up per NSIC and NCAA policies.